DEEP 72 – 05/16/2015: Former Lightweight Champ Nakamura to take on Okano from Mach Dojo

Daisuke Nakamura, at age 34, is still looking to get this DEEP lightweight belt back  for one last timeDEEP added three fights for DEEP 72.

Former DEEP lightweight champ Daisuke Nakamura is going to take on Yuki Okano from Mach Dojo.

Okano is a 28-year old that used to fight at the welterweight division. After losing to a title qualifier against Yuya Shirai, followed by UFC veteran K-taro Nakamura, Okano decided to go down to 155 lbs division.

In February, in his first lightweight bout, Okano faced Kimihiro Eto, a young hope out of team HEARTS. Eto was undefeated in six pro MMA fights prior to this fight yet Okano finished him in little over two minutes with punches, left a profound impression to the fans.

Needless to say, Nakamura is a veteran with many experience fighting top guys at various promotions. He got 45 pro MMA fights under his belt but Nakamura is coming off from a loss. He just lost to another veteran Eiji Ishioka just few days ago so Nakamura knows that he needs to win this one to stay in the mix with top guys at DEEP's 155 lbs division.

The other two fights added to DEEP 72 are, two bantamweight bouts – Makoto Kamaya vs Fuhito "Hashan" Hasegawa and Hirotaka Miyakawa vs Ryuji Akijima.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30
Fight Starts – 17:40

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Takafumi Otsuka​ (Japan / AACC) vs Toshiaki Kitada (Japan / Paraestra Chiba)

DEEP VS ROAD FC – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CB Impact) vs Jong Heon Chae (Korea / Team Sanai)

DEEP VS ROAD FC – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Gyu Hwa Kim (Korea / Pohang BD Fight)

DEEP Welterweight bout 5 min / 3R
Yusaku Tsukumo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Yokohama Dojo) vs Takeshi Sato (Japan / Tribe Tokyo M.M.A.)

DEEP Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daisuke Nakamura (Japan / Uzukido Hompo) vs Yuki Okano (Japan / Mach Dojo)

DEEP Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Makoto Kamaya (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Fuhito "Hashan" Hasegawa (Japan / NEX)

DEEP Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Hirotaka Miyakawa (Japan / ALLIANCE – Team Yude Tamago) vs Ryuji Akijima (Japan / Club Barbarian)

Opening Fight – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Naoki Inoue (Japan / Hakushin-kai) vs Kenji Yamanaka (Japan / PUREBRED Omiya)

Opening Fight – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yutaka Shimoda (Japan / Reversal Gym Shinjuku Me, We) vs Takuya Kanai (Japan / Honey Trap)

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

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP FC facebook page –