Mizuno wins DEEP middleweight title after ten year effort

Taisuke Okuno VS Tatsuya Mizuno DEEP82

Date: 24/2/2018
Place: Differ Ariake
Start: 16:15 / End: 20:00

DEEP 82 IMPACT took place on 24 February 2018 at the Differ Ariake Arena. Current DEEP middleweight Champion RYO returned his belt to DEEP office, so DEEP decided to have a fight between Tatsuya Mizuno and Taisuke Okuno to decide the next champion.

Tatsuya Mizuno, a Judo-based fighter started his pro-MMA career in September 2006 and has fought at Pancrase, DREAM, ONE Championship and DEEP. Taisuke Okuno started his career at Shooto, SRC (Sengoku Raiden Championship), Pancrase and DEEP. Both have significant experience in their respective careers and deserved a crack at DEEP’s middleweight title.

The fight was almost all ground-based and Mizuno submitted Okuno via rear-choke at the end of round three.

After the fight Mizuno appealed that once he thought he could become a champion within 1-2 years at the beginning of MMA career but couldn’t.

“Today finally I could become a champion after ten years with many support.”

He thanked everyone supported him. He is now the ninth DEEP welterweight Champion.

Yuki Motoya was disappointed with the loss to Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 5 in April 2017 and decided to have an opportunity to train at Chute Boxe in Brazil. After a three training camp at Chute Boxe he got high striking skill and he had a fight with Jae Woong Byun from CMA KOREA with 10 months absence.

The fight between them was a brutal striking fight like boxing and Motoya won be decision. After the winning Motoya appealed his desire to come back to RIZIN. He really wants to fight at RIZIN.

Rin Nakai was also back and fought Pancrase, GCM, Smack Girl, UFC and RIZIN.

Nakai previous fought with Pancreas, but she had some problems which were never disclosed.

After moving from Pancrase to DEEP and she fought at DEEP with a year and two months absence. The opponent Young Ji Kim was famous for her winning over to Yoshiko, Japanese female Pro-Wrestler at Road FC last December.

It was her first fight with flyweight from bantamweight and after Nakai’s winning she appealed her declare to fight at RIZIN. The other women fighter Kana Watanabe the same Judo-based fighter sent a challenge to Nakai. The fight between them will be held near the future? At DEEP JEWELS, RIZIN, It’s must watch.


Main Event (Middle Weight DEEP Championship:5min x 3R)
Taisuke Okuno (CAVE) VS Tatsuya Mizuno (Free)
Mizuno won by Rear Choke at 3R 4’34”.

11th Fight (Bantam Weight:5min x 3R)
Yuki Motoya (Free) VS Jae Woong Byun (CMA KOREA)
Motoya won by 3-0/Decision.

10th Fight (Middle Weight:5min x 3R)
Ken Hasegawa (Free) VS Genpei Hayashi (Wajyutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND’S GYM)
Hasegawa won by Arm Triangle Choke at 1R 3’09”.

9th Fight (Fly Weight:5min x 3R)
Rin Nakai (Shooto Dojo Shikoku) VS Young Ji Kim (TEAM J/Road FC)
Nakai won by TKO at 1R 4’37”.

8th Fight (Bantam Weight:5min x 3R)
Koichi Ishitsuka (Free) VS Kazuhide Shirota (NEXUSENSE)
Ishitsuka won by TKO at 1R 3’19”.

7th Fight (Fly Weight:5min x 3R)
Kota Ishibashi (Sogo Kakuto-gi DOBUITA) VS Makoto Takahashi (PARAESTRA Matsudo)
Takahashi won by 2-1/Decision.

6th Fight (Light Weight:5min x 2R)
Ken’nosuke Ohyama (INFIGHT JAPAN) VS Gi Bum Moon (TEAM MAD DAEJEON)
Moon won by 3-0/Decision.

5th Fight (Bantam Weight:5min x 2R)
Yoshitomo Watanabe (JUNGLE GYM) VS Yasuaki Miura (Zendo-Kai)
Watanabe won by TKO at 1R 4’05”.

4th Fight (Bantam Weight:5min x 2R)
Daisuke Endo (Wajyutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND’S GYM) VS Chiaki Wakana (Ranger GYM)
Endo won by 3-0/Decision.

3rd Fight (Fly Weight:5min x 2R)
Haruki Nakayama (K-Clann) VS Naoto Ayuta (CAVE)
Nakayama won by 3-0/Decision.

2nd Fight (Bantam Weight:5min x 2R)
Takafumi Ono (FREEDOM@OZ) VS Yuta Hashimoto (CAVE)
Hashimoto won by Front Choke at 1R 0’37”.

1st Fight (Straw Weight:5min x 2R)
Masaki Kitami (TRENCH TECH/4×4 HOLICS) VS Kanetake (Ranger GYM)
Kanetake by Arm BAr at 1R 0’37”.