DEEP 73 – 10/172015: “Zenko” Yoshida confirmed to face Eto

For a 26-year old Kimihiro Eto, fighting UFC / Bellator MMA veteran Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida is a big opportunityOn Saturday, DEEP announced the opponent of Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida in DEEP 73. UFC / Bellator veteran is going to face Kimihiro Eto.

Eto is an up and comer from team Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS. Eto is an elite freestyle wrestler turned MMA fighter. During his college years Eto made it to the final of Inter-Collegiate Championships. He won first six pro MMA bouts. But for next three fights Eto went 2 draws and 1 loss by TKO and finally, last week, got back to W the column by an unanimous decision win over Yasuhiro Kawasaki.

Yoshida is currently on a two-fight losing streak.

He lost to DEEP lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka in a title fight followed by a decision loss to Kota Shimoishi. Both are against today's top Japanese lightweights but for a 41-year old, three consecutive losses could mean retirement so his back is against the wall for sure.

In addition, DEEP also added welterweight bout between Naoki Samukawa and Nao Yoneda, bantamweight bout between Daisuke Endo and ROY, and flyweight bout between Takuya Maruoka and Ryudo.

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30
Fight Starts – 18:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

DEEP Flyweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CM IMPACT) vs Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida (Japan / HALEO TOP TEAM) vs Kimihiro Eto (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS)

Featherweight Bout
Juri Ohara (Japan / KIBA Martial Arts) vs Hirohito Uesako (Japan / Team Cloud)

Bantamweight Bout
Yuki Takano (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Michito Abe (Japan / Kanjuku)

Lightweight Bout
Ken Hamamura (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Takuya Oyama (Japan / INFIGHT JAPAN)

Bantamweight Bout
Hirotaka Miyaka (Japan / ALLIANCE – TEAM Yude Tamago) vs Ryo IFK (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS)

Welterweight Bout
Naoki Samukawa (Japan / Bungeling Bay) vs Nao Yoneda (Japan / D Plus)

Bantamweight Bout
Daisuke Endo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND'S GYM) vs ROY (AK)

Flyweight Bout
Takuya Maruyama (Japan / INFIGHT JAPAN) vs Ryudo (Japan / Freelance)

Scheduled to Fight
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Freelance)

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
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