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DEEP 60 Impact Results + Kazuo Misaki to retire
Last Updated on Monday, 5 August 2013 07:42
Written by IQWrestler
Friday, 19 October 2012 04:47

Another DEEP event is in the books and as usual, it had no shortage of JMMA landscape changing developments.  The nights headline bout, that saw Pride veterans Kazuhiro Nakamura and Ryuta Sakurai go to war for three rounds.  Ryuta proved to be the more physically fit of the two, as Nakamura tired during round two, However Sakurai was unable to neutralize Kaznak’s famous Judo game and as such, ended up on his back more often than not.  Although Sakurai worked well from his back and in the stand up, two of the three judges thought Kazuhiro hustled just a little bit harder and gave him the nod.  A big return win for the Hidehiko Yoshida pupal, lets hope we see him in action a little more often than once a year.  Although he’s 41 years old Ryuta still has some left in his tank and is a stiff test for any Middleweight outside of ZUFFA.

In an increasingly rare DEEP Light Heavyweight title match. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi made a second successful defense of his title against rangy striker Yuki Niimura.  Niimura had a slow start allowing Nakanishi to tag him up with combos for the full five minutes, but Yuki did come back in round two and even bloodied the champs nose.  However he couldn’t carry any momentum into the final round and Yoshiyuki hunted him down with relentless takedowns and a yellow card for rope grabbing was pretty much all she wrote for Niimura and his title hopes.

DEEP Lightweight king and fan favorite Daisuke Nakamura had, pretty much a showcase fight against Pancrase legend Takafumi Ito.  Daisuke banged Ito up with his lanky punches and heavy kicks, along with a few of his trademark Catch chain holds but no one can ever say Takafumi Ito isn’t a tough old son of a gun, as he withstood the assault well.  However a jumping kick and an onslaught of punches in round two forced the ref to step in and stop the fight.  After the match Daisuke said he would love to fight in Pancrase if given the chance and he also flat out challenged Satoru Kitaoka to a fight, Kitaoka’s response was “Show me the money!”.  Lets hope we get to see it!

In the biggest news of the night, the legendary Kazuo Misaki announced that he will step away from MMA action and that his final fight will be at DEEP’s December 22 Haleo Impact event.  Due to Misaki’s Strikeforce contract, the match may have to be a “special exhibition bout” and no opponent was named.  Shocking news, to say the least as The Hitman is riding high on a three fight winning streak, including a state side victory over Paul Daley in March but the 36 year old stated that he wants to go out while he’s in good health and in full control of his faculties.

DEEP 60 Impact
Tokyo Korakuen Hall, Japan, October 19th

Middleweight Main Event – 5 min/3R:
Kazuhiro Nakamura Defeats Ryuta Sakurai via Majority Decision

Light Heavyweight title Match – 5 min/3R:
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Defeats Yuki Niimura via Unanimous Decision

Middleweight Bout – 5 min/3R
Katsunori Kikuno Drew with Yasuaki Kishimoto via Majority Draw

67kg Bout – 5 min/3R:
Shoji Mariuyama Defeats Bo Jun Kim via TKO (Soccer Kick) – R2 2:01

Bantamweight Bout – 5 min/3R:
“DJ.taiki” Daiki Hata Drew with Toshiaki Kitada via Majority Draw

DEEP Vs. Pancrase Lightweight Bout – 5 min/3R:
Daisuke Nakamura Defeats Takafumi Ito via TKO (Strikes) – R2 0:35

Bantamweight Bout – 5 min/3R:
Takafumi Otsuka Defeats Naohiro Mizuno via Unanimous Decision

Welterweight Bout – 5 min/2R:
Takahiro Kawanaka Defeats Hidehiko Hasegawa via Technical Submission (Anaconda Choke) – R1 1:38

Welterweight bout – 5 min/2R:
Naoki Samukawa Defeats Hiroki Sato via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – R2 3:22

Lightweight bout – 5 min/2R:
Yasuhiro Kawasaki Drew with Ken Hamamura via Unanimous Draw

Lightweight bout – 5 min/2R:
Juri Ohara Defeats Dari Rokuku via Unanimous Decision

~Rokuku was 700g overweight and started with 2 yellow cards

Bantamweight bout – 5 min/2R:
Koichi Ishizuka Defeats Katsuya Ishida via Submission (Choke Sleeper) – R1 4:51

Bantamweight Bout – 5 min/2R:
Takahiro Ashida Defeats Yudai Aoyama via Submission (Choke Sleeper) – R2 3:35

Bantamweight bout – 5 min/2R:
Hayato Suzuki Defeats Kotaro Kazama via Submission (Choke Sleeper) – R1 3:06

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