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DEEP NAGOYA IMPACT – 06/22/2012: Youngest Champ In DEEP History

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Yuki Motoya became the youngest champion in the history of DEEP but there are bunch of good fighters at 125 lbs and Motoya needs to win couple more over these top guys to prove he is a worthy champion.

Yuki Motoya became the youngest champion in the history of DEEP but there are bunch of good fighters at 125 lbs and Motoya needs to win couple more over these top guys to prove he is a worthy champion.The eight-man championship tournament began back in March has concluded, and DEEP crowned an inaugural flyweight champion on Sunday in Nagoya.

Four survivors fought semi-final bout in the afternoon part of the show, and the winners of these bouts collided at the headliner of the evening part of the show. So both Yuki Motoya and Akira Kibe had plenty time to rest between the fights.

As expected, Kibe, a heavyweight favorite of this tournament, Kibe, finished Akito Sakimura in the first round. He took the a veteran from GSB Nagoya to the ground rather easily then got the back-mount position, and from there 35-year old from team Splash just went for ground and pound, and it was all over.

Basically, Kibe controlled the entire fight.

On the other end Motoya needed entire two rounds to beat Nayouki Kato in an unanimous decision.
Motoya looked full of energy yet his techniques seemed bit rough.

However, in the tournament final, the energy of 22-year old just took over the fight.

Motoya's right frontal kick landed squarely on Kibe's chin and basically that was it. Kibe went down and Motoya chased with couple of pounds. However, the referee stepped in very quickly to stop the fight, and declared Motoya as the winner of DEEP flyweight championship fight.

Now, Motoya is the youngest champion in the history of DEEP but after winning three fights in this tourney, his pro record is only 6-3 and one of the guys he lost in the past, Takeshi "Agar" Kasugai is currently on a four-fight winning streak with much superior pro record of 8-2. In addition, this win over Kibe can be considered as "lucky frontal kick" too so Motoya probably needs to win couple more against good fighters to be truly recognized as a champion.

DEEP NAGOYA IMPACT
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012, at Zepp Nagoya, Aichi Japan

Complete Results:

The Main Event – DEEP Flyweight Championship Tournament Final 5 min / 2R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CB Impact) vs Akira Kibe (Japan / Splash)
Winner: 1R 0'18" Yuki Motoya by KO (frontal kick followed by g n p)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Naoki Matsushita (Japan / ) vs Yusuke Tsunoda (Japan / Paraestra Gifu)
Winner: 1R 2'06" Yusuke Tsunoda by KO (left hook)

Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Takahiro Kajita (Japan / GSB) vs Seong Jae Kim (Japan / CMA KOREA)
Winner: 2R Takahiro Kajita by Decision (3-0)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Katsuya Ishida (Japan / NEX) vs. Harushige Shinokawa (Japan / Club Barbarian)
Winner: 2R Harushige Shinokawa by Decision (0-2)

68 Kg & Under bout 5 min / 2R
Takeshi Matsuhita (Japan / MB3z) vs Yuya "Jacare" Osu (Japan / Club Barbarian)
Winner: 1R 3'52" Takeshi Matsuhita by TKO (punches)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Shinichiro Tanaka (Japan / GSB) vs Yoshinobu Kawamura (Japan / Nex)
Winner: 2R Shinichiro Tanaka by Decision (3-0)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Naoki Kawai (Japan / Paraestra Gifu) vs Fumihito Shintaku (japan / CB Impact)
Winner: 1R 0'39" Naoki Kawai by Submission (armbar)

Featherweight Bout 3 min / 2R
Seiji Kawasaki (Japan / Team MKY) vs Ryosuke Hattori (Japan / NEXT Osu)
Winner: 1R 2'03" Seiji Kawasaki by KO (right knee followed by right punch)

DEEP Flyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Final 5 min / 2R
Akito Sakimura (Japan / GSB Nagoya) vs Akira Kibe (Japan / Splash)
Winner: 1R 4'44" Akira Kibe by TKO (referee stoppage – punches from the back mount)

DEEP Flyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Final 5 min / 2R
Yuki Motoya (Japan / CB Impact) vs Naoyuki Kato (Japan / Splash)
Winner: 2R Yuki Motoya by Decision (3-0)

DEEP Flyweight Championship Tournament Reserve Bout 5 min / 2R
Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Fuhito Hasegawa (Japan / Nex)
Winner: 2R Sota Kojima by Decision (2-0)

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy by DEEP blog: The Wilde Side of DEEP
http://www.deep2001.com/blog2/

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