DEEP 72 Impact was held on May 16, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Bantamweight Champion Takafumi Otsuka retained his title in a 5-rounder with top contender Toshiaki Kitada.
Otsuka kept his momentum rolling by dealing with everything Kitada threw at him in respectable fashion. Kitada shot for takedowns and had his his moments, but the his firepower was not enough to derail Otsuka’s train. All three judges sided with Otsuka.
The event was side named DEEP vs ROAD FC as several of the Korean’s fighters were featured. DEEP Flyweight Champ Yuki Motoya easily dispatched overmatched Chae Jong-Heon in the first round with a RNC. Former Flyweight Champ Tatsumitsu Wada had a little more of a fight on his hands with Kim Kyu-Hwa. In the third round, Wada shot for a takedown and delivered nasty elbows that cut Kim open. With that, and an injured foot, Kim’s corner threw in the towel to give ada the TKO victory.
Elsewhere on the card, Yuki Okano outworked Daisuke Nakamura who decided to stand and bang with him. Okano delivered punishment to Nakamura and did not allow him to engage in his deadly grappling game. Makoto Kamaya latched on a guillotine that finished Fuhito Hasegawa. Young prospect Naoki Inoue, younger brother of standout women’s fighter Mizuki Inoue, made quick work of Kenji Yamanaka with an early first round back choke.
During the event, it was officially announced that DEEP Welterweight Champion Yuta Watanabe will take on K-Taro Nakamura at DEEP Cage Impact on July 20th.
DEEP 72 Impact
May 16, 2015
#12 – Bantamweight Championship
Takafumi Otsuka def Toshiaki Kitada by Unanimous Decision
#11 Yuki Motoya def Jong Heon Chae by Submission, RNC, rd 1, 2:08
#10 Tatsumitsu Wada def Kyu Hwa Kim by TKO, rd 3, 2:24
#9 Yuki Okano def Daisuke Nakamura by Unanimous Decision
#8 Makoto Kamaya def Fuhito Hasegawa by Submission, rd 2, 2:12
#7 Takashi Sato def Yusaku Tsukumo by KO, rd 1, 2:09
#6 Takuya Oyama def Seita Katsuki by Sub, rd 1, 4:20
#5 Tomohiko Hori def Yuki Takano by Sub, rd 1, 3:16
#4 Hirotaka Miyakawa def Ryuji Akijima by Majority Decision
#3 Yuma Horiuchi def Yudai Ishida by Sub, rd 2, 3:04
#2 Naoki Inoue def Kenji Yamanaka by Sub, rd 1, 2:21
#1 Kanai Takuya def Jin Seok Kim TKO, rd 1, 4:00
All photos by Akihito Tatematsu