DEEP lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka will defend his belt against Yuuki Okano in the headliner of DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2015.
The champion is currently riding on a four-fight win streak. Including a dominating win over UFC / Bellator veteran Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida on New Year's Eve, and, a solid win over AKIRA in the final of Pancrase World Slam tournament held in March of this year.
Therefore, Kitaoka is the 155 lbs champ in both DEEP and Pancrase. Meaning, outside UFC, and besides Shinya Aoki, at 155 lbs divsion in the Japanese MMA, Kitaoka is the top man today.
Okano used to fight at the welterweight division.
However, after two losses in 2014 – split decision loss to former DEEP 170 lbs champ Yuya Shirai in the title qualifier followed by TKO loss to UFC veteran K-taro Nakamura – Okano decided to go down to lightweight division.
At this new weight class, Okano KO'd Kimihiro Eto in February then a solid win over former lightweight champion Daisuke Nakamura got him this opportunity.
At age 28, with 19 pro MMA fights under his belt, if he is going to make a noise this maybe the right time.
DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2015
Monday, July 20th, 2015
Ohta Ward Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 13:00
Fight Starts – 14:00
DEEP Lightweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Satoru Kitaoka (Japan / Lotus Setagaya) vs Yuuki Okano (Japan / Mach Dojo)
DEEP Welterweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuta (Japan / ALLIANCE) vs K-taro Nakamura (Japan / K-taro Dojo)
Yasuaki Kishimoto (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra0-kai) vs Naoto Miyazaki (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo)
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Freelance) vs RYO (Japan / Run's End – ZERO-ONE MAX)
Makoto Kamaya (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Koichi Ishizuka (Japan / Brightness)
Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Haruo Ochi (Japan / Paraestra Ehime)
Kota Ishibashi (Japan / DOBUITA) vs Haruki Nakayama (Japan / GRABAKA)
Tomohiko Hori (Japan / Freelance) vs ROY (Japan / AK)
Yuki Ito (Japan / ALLIANCE – TEAM Yude Tamago) vs Yusaku Fujisawa (Japan / Zendo-kai)
Hiroto Sakuma (Japan /Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Michihito Abe (Japan / Kan Juku)
VIP – 20,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
RS – 7,000 yen
Reseve Seats – 8,000 yen
*plus must purchase 500 yen drink coupon
**500 yen more at the door
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP FC facebook page –