DEEP 67 Impact took place on June 22 from Tokyo, Japan. in the main event surging Yuki Motoya routed Yoshiro Maeda to earn a rematch for the Flyweight Championship.
Motoya came out of his corner with extreme prejudice. Maeda was momentarily overwhelmed by the onslaught but experience prevailed and he quickly recovered to return fire. The crafty veteran scored with a takedown which was all for naught as Motoya reversed it and proved he had the same firepower on the ground. Motoya shot in the final minute, slapped on a triangle and rained down the pain on Maeda’s helpless skull. But as the ten second clapper sounded, Motoya elected to switch to an arm bar and almost broke Maeda’s elbow right as the bell sounded.
Haruo Ochi added Masakazu Imanari as another notch on his bedpost, and even though it wasn’t a hands-on finish, he still looked satisfied. Ochi’s heavy hands connected perfectly during the “Imanari flops”, and knew he’d stunned the leg lock master so followed him onto the ground to deliver short shots that did damage. Imanari showed a surprisingly different game plan going into the second as he threw – and landed – kicks, obviously wary of Ochi’s meathooks. His one chance at a leg lock was a dazed attempt and Ochi scrambled out. Imanari was sent to the doctor for a swollen eye cavity and the fight was halted.
Keiichiro Yamamiya looked game in his old skool boots and leggings, but Keita Nakamura spoiled his fashion with the cozy K-Taro overcoat. Yamamiya elected to stand and duke it out and defended the first shoot. After that, the bloodthirsty crowd got what they wanted out of K-Taro’s back mount mauling until both the ref, and Yamamiya’s corner, signaled enough was enough.
Shigetoshi Iwase put prospect Juri Ohara in a sticky situation by utilizing a grappling game plan that was basically “do not let go”. Iwase swarmed Ohara and repeatedly forced him to figure out the most rare of escapes. When Ohara was able to keep it standing and striking, he landed kicks and flying knees that hurt Iwase. After two rounds the decision went home with Iwase, but a big credit for a step up in defense for Ohara was noted.
Lightweight gatekeeper Luiz Andrade rocked out in gi pants to take on fresh meat Takuya Oyama, who showed he was ready for anything Luiz could throw at him. Their battle tool place in every medium, the most exciting of which were the beautiful striking exchanges showcasing Luiz’ kicks and Oyama’s incredible boxing. Luiz nailed the takedowns and mostly stalled on the ground, but when he was active, Oyama showed smart defense. The judges were split in Luiz’ favor.
Yusaku Fujisawa and Seita Katsuki both had the same plan: engage with striking, get the take down. Katsuki won the shoot and Fujisawa ended up on the bottom in the first, but he worked hard in looking for a submission. In the second, Fujisawa shifted the tide with a single and got his time on top which he utilized to hammer Katsuki repeatedly. Apparently the judges didn’t consider it enough, and the bout was given a Draw.
Closer to the beginning of the card, Hideki Kiyota got the better of Tatsuyuki Nakamura by capitalizing on his mistakes. A failed shoot led to a back take by Kiyota, and although it took the better part of the second round, he eventually sunk in a rear naked choke.
Hiroto Sakuma took on debutant Yuki Takano and they both gave a performance worthy of note. Takano showed aggressiveness early; his striking and takedowns dictated the pace of the first round. Into the second, Sakuma caught onto his game and stuffed Takano’s shoots and returned fire. The remaining minute saw ground and pound and stand up ferocity from both, with Takano getting his first pro win by decision.
Kenji Osawa’s Retirement Exhibition Match consisted of a tag-team grappling procession of HEARTS Kimihiro Eto, Hidetaka Monma, Akira Shoji, Ryo Chonan, and Takeya Mizugaki, all of whom “beat up” on Osawa to the laughter of the crowd. Osawa has been a decade in the sport, first as a Shooto fighter, then as a pioneer in WEC and the DREAM tournaments, competing against some of the best of his generation. His parade of well-wishers was long, and the farewell bell count an emotional send off.
DEEP 67 Impact
June 22, 2014
Yuki Motoya defeats Yoshiro Maeda by Submission, armbar, rd 1, 4:59
Haruo Ochi defeats Masakazu Imanari by TKO, doctor stoppage, rd 2, :51
Keita Nakamura defeats Keiichiro Yamagami bt TKO, rd 1, 4:13
Shigetoshi Iwase defeats Juri Ohara by Unanimous decision
Luiz Andrade defeats Takuya Oyama by Split decision
Had Yusaku Fujisawa vs Seita Katsuki DRAW
Hideki Kiyota defeats Tatsuyuki Nakamura by Submission, RNC, rd 2, 3:35
Yuki Takano defeats Hiroto Sakuma by Majority decision
Masamichi Ueta defeats Tomoharu ‘Haruto’ Toda by Unanimous decision
Takahiro Kato defeats Kanho Ryu by UD
Yuki Takahashi defeats Akihiro Ogawa by Submission, RNC, rd 1, 1:31