DEEP 43 – 08/23/2009: Otsuka defeats Mishima, Imanari over Hori, and more – Detailed Report

At first it seemed like Dokonjonosuke Mishima was just too big and powerful for the 145 lbs division. In just his second attempt, Mishima, with a double leg, easily took Takefumi Otsuka down to the canvass. From there it did look like Mishima was going to dominate but that was not the case. Otsuka was able to execute a reversal and the fight was back up standing. Then, this new Ace fighter out of Hiroyuki Abe’s team AACC, started to take control by landing a series of heavy right kicks to the body.

Mishima, who cut 17 kg to make the weight, basically ran out of gas early. From the second round, the UFC and PRIDE vet from Osaka, visibly slowed down, and it was all Otsuka from there.

Otsuka sprawled out of all of Mishima’s take down attempts, and when he took the top position on the ground, he landed several fists, and also, on many occasions, while Mishima’s back was on the mat, Otsuka got up and threw kicks to the legs so that left a good impression on the judges.

In the end all five judges gave it to Otsuka, and took the featherweight title away from Mishima.

Even if it wasn’t for this newly administered five-judge scoring system, it was more than apparent that Otsuka won this fight. In addition, Otsuka was full of energy, but on the other end Mishima looked like he had a problem in not only regarding stamina but also in the motivation department.

After the fight, Otsuka told the fans, “Being a champion is not my ultimate goal.”

Which can be translated to, I am going to be a DREAM featherweight champion or maybe he even meant, eventually, I am going to the WEC.

Who knows but either way, Otsuka is in a position to get another chance in the big stage, which is, more than likely in DREAM.

Mishima’s future is uncertain at this point. However its quite intriguing but this loss may create another path for this veteran, very popular fighter, and the founder of MMA Dojo Cobra-kai in Osaka. Mishima back in the PRIDE days left PRIDE in attempt to go to HERO’S but that didn’t work so he went to the UFC. This means, he is not in a position to do business with anyone from DSE, so him fighting in DREAM was almost close to impossible to begin with. However as a champion of DEEP, the promotion that is sort of like the minor league of DREAM, you really cannot go to Sengoku because that would be not so appropriate especially in the standard rules of business practice in Japanese MMA.

Mishima would’ve been an interesting addition to the Sengoku featherweight GP held this year but as a DEEP champion it is just not “classy” in the Japanese MMA sense for Mishima to step into the Sengou ring.

However, now, with no belt around his waist, Mishima may have a clearance to go wherever he wants. This loss basically may have opened more doors for Mishima. But with more than 10 years and close to 30 fights under his belt, he now also has an option to retire.

From this fight, it just can’t be helped to think that way because he really looked unmotivated in the ring.


Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Complete Results:


10th Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Ryo Chonan (Japan / Team M.A.D.) vs. Jutaro Nakao (Japan / Freelance)

Winner: 3R Ryo Chonan by Decision (3-0)

9th Match – DEEP Featherweight Title Bout 5 min / 2R

Dokonjonosuke Mishima (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs. Takefumi Otsuka (Japan / AACC)

Winner: 3R Takefumi Otsuka by Decision (0-5)

8th Match – DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R

Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team Roken) vs. Tomohiko Hori (Japan / Freelance)

Winner: 3R Masakazu Imanari by Decision (5-0)

7th Match – Light-heavyweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Bernard Ackah (République de Côte d’Ivoire / Freelance)vs. Ryuji Yanagisawa (Japan / Freelance)

Winner: 1R 0’07” Bernard Ackah by TKO (referee stoppage – right high kick followed by g n p)

6th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Toshiaki KItada (Japan / Paraestra Chiba) vs. Zach Makovsky (USA / Fight Factory)

Winner: 1R 4’42” Toshiaki Kitada by Submission (rear naked choke)

5th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Kouichirou Matsumoto (Japan / Imada Dojo) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (Japan / MMA Uruno Dojo)

Winner: 2R Kouichirou Matsumoto by Decision (3-0)

4th Match – Light-heavyweight 5 min / 2R

Yuji Sakuragi (Japan / Seiken Kaikan) vs. Hans Stringer (Holland / Team Beast of the East)

Winner: 2R 2’11” Hans Stringer by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)

3rd Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Yuichi Ikari (Japan / P’s LAB Tokyo) vs. Won Sik “Parky” Park (Korea / CMA KOREA

Winner: 1R 4’58” Won Sik “Parky” Park by Submission (rear naked choke)

2nd Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Yoshikazu Watanabe (Japan / AACC) vs. Suzu (USA / PUREBRED Omiya)

Winner: 2R 4’56” Yoshikazu Watanabe by TKO (referee stoppage – punches from the back mount)

1st Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Yuki Ito (Japan / ALLIANCE) vs. Sadao Kondo (Japan / BLUE DOG GYM)

Winner: 2R Draw (1-0)

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo by Yoshinori Ihara (


Takefumi Otsuka (top) from AACC defended almost all of Mishima’s take down attempts, and landed effective shots from the top position, to capture the DEEP featherweight belt.