DEEP 69 – 10/26/2014: Nakanishi Wins Title Qualifier, Hirota inishes Imanari and More – Full Results & Photos

On this day, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (back) was definitely better than Ryuta Sakurai (front) in the ground control departmentIn the headliner of DEEP 69, the promotion's light-heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi went down to 185 lbs and dominated a veteran Ryuta Sakurai in the 185 lbs title qualifier.

This fight was all Nakanishi from the beginning.

In the early part of the opening round, Sakurai shot in but Nakanishi sprawled. And, from the top position, a 29-year old from team TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A. landed bunch of heavy leathers. From there, Nakanishi set the tone for this fight.

Back in standing, Nakanishi landed series of right jabs and right kicks to the leg. At the end of the round, Nakanishi took Sakurai down. Unleashed series of punches and also a stomp to the head which obviously damaged Sakurai.

The second and the third rounds were pretty much the same.

In the standing, Nakanishi never allowed Sakurai to land any effective shots. On the ground, Nakanishi kept top position, and attacked constantly.

All three judges gave to Nakanishi. He will take on DEEP middleweight champion Kazuhiro Nakamura in December 21st.

Masakazu Imanari (left) decided to go back at 145 lbs because he couldn't "keep up with the speed of flyweights and bantamweights", however, he maybe was bit too small against an established featherweights like Mizuto Hirota (right)In the co-main, UFC veteran Mizuto Hirota had no trouble finishing Masakazu Imanari.
As expected, Imanari insisted on leg locks.

It worked for the first round. Hirota had bit of trouble landing punches to Imanari.

However, in the second round, Hirota, in standing, landed a solid left hook.
Imanari went down. Hirota chased with punches and it was all over.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
At TDC Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Complete Results:

DEEP Middleweight Title Qualifier 5 min / 3R
Ryuta Sakurai (Japan / R-BLOOD) vs Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Winner: 3R Yoshiyuki Nakanishi by Decision (0-3)

Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Mizuto Hirota (Japan / CAVE) vs Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN)
Winner: 2R 1'38" Mizuto Hirota by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daisuke Nakamura (Japan / U-FILE CAMP) vs Shinji Sasaki (Japan / BURST)
Winner: 3R Draw (1-1)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takafumi Otsuka (Japan / AACC) vs Toshinori Tsunemura (Japan / GRABAKA)
Winner: 3R 4'46" Takafumi Otsuka by Submission (rear naked choke)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
DJ taiki (Japan / Freelance) vs Seiji Akao (Japan / NEX)
Winner: 3R DJ taiki by Decision (2-1)

Women's 45 kg & Under Bout 5 min / 2R:
Satoko Shinashi (Japan / Freelance) vs Ye Jin Jung (Korea / CMA KOREA)
Winner: 1R 2'15" Satoko Shinashi by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)

Welterweight Bout
Yuki Okano (Japan / Mach Dojo) vs K-taro Nakamura (Japan / K-taro Dojo)
Winner: 2R 0'26" K-taro Nakamura by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Naoto Miyazaki (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs AB (Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Suruga Dojo)
Winner: 2R Naoto Miyazaki by Decision (2-1)

Yo Saito vs Daisuke Endo
Winner: 2R Yo Saito by Decision (3-0)

Luiz Andrade I vs Kihimiro Eto
Winner: 2R Luiz Andrade I by Decision (2-1)

Kenjiro Takahashi vs Hiroto Uesako
Winner: 2R Kenjiro Takahashi by Decision (3-0)

Yuki Takano vs Seung Goo Kim
Winner: Yuki Takano by Decision (2-0)

Komei Okada vs Jin Soo Son
Winner: 1R 0'51" Jin Soon Son by TKO (punches)

Hiroto Sakuma vs Harushige Shinokawa
Winner: 2R Hiroto Sakuma by Decision (2-0)

Yusaku Fujisawa vs Yoshihiko Shinzato
Winner: 1R 3'46" Yusaku Fujisawa by TKO (punches)

Isamu Odagiri vs Kenta Nagatsuka
Winner: 1R 2'18" Isamu Odagiri by TKO (punches)

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (

Two veterans, Daisuke Nakamura (left) and Shinji Sasaki (right) went back and forth for the entire three rounds for a draw DEEP bantamweight champ Takafumi Otsuka (back) finished the opponent for the first time in over six years.

DJ taiki (right) made a comeback from a year of retirement. He looked bit rusty. Took two knock downs by left hooks of Seiji Akao (left)  but he was able to come back strong in the third round to win a split decision Satoko Shinashi made a comeback after six-year of away from the sport but she had no problem finishing a rookie, Ye Jin Jung from Korea