DEEP 59 – 08/18/2012: Maeda vs Wada for DEEP 135 lbs Title, and More

Amanda Lucas (center) is defending her DEEP women's open-weight title on August 18th. However the opponent is yet to be confirmed.DEEP revealed one title fight for the upcoming August show at Korakuen Hall.

DEEP bantamweight champion Yoshiro Maeda will take on Tatsumitsu Wada from Yoshida Dojo. Maeda captured this title back in February 19th by defeating Takafumi Otsuka via rear naked choke therefore this is going to be his first title defense.

Wada is currently on a five-fight winning streak including a decision win over the former champion Otsuka and DREAM vet DJ taiki.

In addition DEEP announced two fighters confirmed for this show.

Just like Maeda, DEEP women’s open-weight champion Amanda Lucas is going to defend her title for the first time. However according to DEEP they are having a difficulty finding the challenger because “Amanda is too strong”, therefore, now, this 13-year old MMA promotion based in Tokyo, is publicly accepting applications and calls from the fighters who wants a shot at fighting Lucas.

Another fighter confirmed for this show is Doo Hoo Choi from Korea. Choi was supposed to fight for the DEEP featherweight title in February, however, Choi basically put on a disappearing act and skipped the title fight. In April, Choi came to Tokyo, held a press conference at DEEP gym, then apologized to everyone including fans and DEEP. At this press conference, Choi explained “I broke my right arm after the title fight was confirmed so didn’t know what to do therefore I ran away.” And he promised to fight Shigetoshi Iwase in DEEP CAGE IMPACT on April 7th for zero purse, however, he failed to make the contract weight and the fight got cancelled.

So, this is going to be a third chance given to Choi by DEEP and if he screws up again then DEEP might just say, third strike then you are out.

Choi is a very talented fighter at age 21 so lets hope he can get his life together because he maybe only couple wins away from the big shows like UFC and Bellator.

DEEP Office Presents
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30 / Fight Starts – 18:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiro Maeda
(Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Amanda Lucas (USA / The Skrap Pack)
Doo Ho Choi (Korea / CMA KOREA)

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 15,000 yen / SRS – 10,000 yen / A – 8,000 yen / B – 6,000 yen 
*500 yen more at the door.

Report and photo by Shu Hirata