DEEP – Fours Shows in Three Weeks!

Seichi Ikemoto will retire after fighting Ryo Chonan on April 28th in OsakaDEEP is promoting four shows, in four different cities, from mid April to "Golden Week" which is the first week of May.

To be more precise, a 12-year old MMA promotion based in Tokyo is doing shows in Tokyo, Toyama, Osaka and Nagoya in a span of three weeks.

DEEP TOYAMA IMPACT 11 on April 14th is also going to be the retirement event of Shinobu Aoki, who heads Toyama branch of Wajiutsu Keishu-kai. He is going to face the current DEEP flyweight champion Yuki Motoya. Besides these two fighters, the fans in Toyoma will get to see many young up and comers like 2011 Future King tourney winner "Nagisa" Katahira.

The second show in April is going to be one of the biggest DEEP shows of this year.

DEEP 62 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, and there is going to be three title fights.

Lightweight champ Daisuke Nakamura is going to try to defend his title against DREAM veteran Satoru Kitaoka. Welterweight champion Yuya Shirai will take on Sengoku / Bellator veteran Dan Hornbuckle from USA, and bantamweight champ Yoshiro Maeda is going to face DJ taiki who won the title qualifying tournament.

VIP and A seats are already all sold out for this show.

Two days later, on April 26th, DEEP is promoting DEEP OSAKA IMPACT in Osaka and hometown hero Seiichi Ikemoto announced that he is going to retire after this show. For his last pro fight, the former DEEP welterweight champ is going to fight UFC / PRIDE veteran Ryo Chonan.

Chonan already declared that he is going hard against Ikemoto, demanded elbow strikes allowed rules so, the fans are expecting a hard fight from these two. This show is already sold out.

Finally on May 5th, at Hotel Plaza Katsukawa, DEEPis promoting DEEP NAGOYA IMPACT Kobudo Fight. A runner-up of last year's DEEP flyweight tourney, Akira Kibe, is coming back to fight in front of his hometown fans. Well, he is originally from Fukuoka prefecture but he is resides in Nagoya and fighting out of Nagoya-based team SPLASH so he can be considered as fighter from Nagoya. His opponent is going to be 2011 DEEP rookie of the year winner Sota Kojima from Yoshida Dojo. Kibe is from BJJ and Kojima is a third degree black belt in judo but very good at striking too so this is going to be a tough fight for a veteran from team SPLASH.

Clue Barbarian / DEEP Head Office
Sunday, April 14th, 2012
At Event Plaza, Toyama, Japan

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Shinobu Aoyama Retirement Bout
Shinobu Aoyama (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Toyama Branch SPO) vs Yuki Motoya (Japan / CB IMPACT)

Yusaku Tsukumo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Yokohama Dojo) vs "Nagisa" Katahira (Japan / CB IMPACT)

& More

Ticket Prices:
SRS – 8,000 yen
RS – 6,000 yen
Reserved – 5,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

DEEP 62nd Impact
Friday, April 26th, 2013
At Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

DEEP Lightweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Daisuke Nakamura (Japan / U-FILE CAMP) vs Satoru Kitaoka (Japan / LOTUS)

DEEP Welterweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuya Shirai (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Dan Hornbuckle (USA / ATT)

DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiro Maeda (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs DJ taiki (Japan / Freelance)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Akihiro Gono (Japan / Freelance) vs Taisuke "Goten" Okuno (Japan / Cave)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masanori Kanehara (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Wade Choate (USA / Central Illinois Combat Club)

& More

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 20,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
Arena – 8,000 yen
Panorama (First Balcony) – 10,000 yen
S (Second Balcony) – 8,000 yen
A (Third Balcony) – 6,000 yen

Fighting Road Presents
DEEP OSAKA IMPACT 2013 – Seichi Ikemoto Retirement Show
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
At Osaka IMP Hall, Osaka, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 14:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Seiichi Ikemoto Retirement Bout
Seiichi Ikemoto (Japan / MMA Studio STYLE) vs Ryo Chonan (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO MMA)

Yuya "Monkey" Shibata (Japan / MMA Studio STYLE) vs Naoyuki Kato (Japan / SPLASH)

Yusuke Kagiyama (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs "Gypsy" Taro (Japan / Shooto Gym BLOWS)

Hibiki Tamura (Japan / Parestra Osaka) vs Ryuichirou Sumimura (Japan / Trinity Suns)

Isao Terada (Japan / ALLIACEN) vs "Seven" Beppo (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai)

& More

Ticket Prices:

NEX Sports / DEEP presents
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
At Nagoya Hotel Plaza Katsukawa, Aichi, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30 / Fight Starts – 18:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Akira Kibe (Japan / SPLASH) vs Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)

& More

Ticket Prices:
A- 5,000 yen / Standing – 4,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP blog: The Wild Side of DEEP