This is what Kazunori Yokota said after defeating Keijiro Takahashi in the headliner of the show, "Next, I want to fight in a bigger place. But not UFC."
Also, Tatsumitsu Wada, who fought in the co-main, told the fans after the fight, "If there is going to be a bigger promotion, call me. I am not sure if its going to be December but please."
OK, so, obviously, these two were talking about fighting for a bigger promotion but not UFC. And, from the way they are talking, its not Bellator either. Also, Wada even mentioned "December" so more than likely they are talking about New Year's Eve show at Saitama Super Arena.
About two weeks ago, DEEP head Shigeru Saeki publicly did say, "If no one is doing then DEEP is doing another New Year's Eve show", however, that is not what Yokota and Wada are talking about.
They are implying bigger promotion that is having a show at the bigger venue. On top of this, they key point here is, they are saying this inside the cage.
This actually means, its fair to assume that they are talking about new promotion by ex-PRIDE boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Sure, its only a rumor at this point because nothing is announced officially. Not yet.
However, if Sakakibara ever starts a new MMA promotion, just like the PRIDE days, more than likely, DEEP is going to be their main feeder show and president Saeki would probably take some executive position in this new promotion.
And, both Yokota and Wada, who fought in main event and co-main of this DEEP show, were "allowed" to talk about this in public. Inside the cage too.
It was almost like sending out teasers to the fans.
DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2015
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
11th Match – Hideno Koike Retirement Match Supportedy Bu Saito Clnic
Yuki Sasaki (Japan / GRABAKA) vs Hideonbu Koie (Japan / GRABAKA)
Winner: 1R 4'40" Hidenobu Koike by Submission (rear naked choke)
The Main Event – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kazunori Yokota (Japan / Freelance) vs Keijiro Takahashi (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Winner: 3R Kazunori Yokota by Decision (3-0)
Co-Main – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Jae Hyun So (Korea / CMA Korea – somissions jiujitsu)
Winner: 1R 4'13" Tatsumitsu Wada by KO (soccer kick to the head)
8th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN) vs Moon Hwang Yang (Korea / CMA Korea)
Winner: 1R 0'21" Masakazu Imanari by Submission (achilles heels lock)
7th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shigetoshi Iwasa (Japan / T-BLOOD) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan / BLOWS)
Winner: 3R Kota Shimoishi by Decision (0-3)
6th Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daisuke Endo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND'S GYM) vs Ken Saotome (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Winner: 3R Ken Satome by Decision (0-3)
5th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
LUIZ (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Hibiki Tamura (Japan / Paraestra Osaka
Winner: 2R Draw (1-0)
4th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yasuhiro Kawasaki (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS) vs Kihimiho Eto (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Winner: 2R Kimihiro Eto by Decision (0-3)
3rd Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yuki Ohara (Japan / KIBA Martial Arts) vs Suguru Nii (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Winner: 2R Yuki Ohara by Decision (3-0)
2nd Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Isamu Odagiri (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Tomohiro Adaniya (Japan /Toushin)
Winner: 1R 3'42" Tomohiro Adaniya by Submission (armbar)
1st Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
"Bear Killing" Narita (Japan / GRABAKA) vs Yoshihiko Shinzato (Japan / MAKUGAN)
Winner: 1R 2'46" Yoshihiko Shinzato by KO
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)