DEEP 72 Impact adds young prodigies Naoki Inoue and Yuma Horiuchi

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DEEP flyweight Yuma Horiuchi
DEEP flyweight Yuma Horiuchi

DEEP 72 Impact will take place on May 16, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Two young prospects have been added to the card: Naoki Inoue and Yuma Horiuchi.

Inoue, just 17 years old, is the younger brother of Mizuki Inoue, current DEEP Jewels Lightweight Champ. Inoue stormed his way onto the scene by winning the 2014 Future King Tournament and then cemented his winning record in DEEP Nagoya – all three wins by arm bar. He will face Kenji Yamanaka.

Horiuchi entered the MMA scene in 2013 and is now 3-1 with his most recent victory a 30-second KTFO over the much more experienced Naoyuki Kato. He will face DEEP Nagoya staple Yudai Ishida. Horiuchi and Inoue are two more bright hopes from the flyweight division.

The event will be headlined by Takafumi Otsuka’s next defense of his Bantamweight title against Toshiaki Kitada, who has recently been on the radar as a fighter to watch. Flyweight Champ Yuki Motoya is back in action against a yet to be announced opponent, as is the former Champ, Tatsumitsu Wada.

DEEP 72 Impact
May 16, 2015
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Bantamweight Title Match
Takafumi Otsuka 大塚隆史(AACC)
Toshiaki Kitada 北田俊亮(パラエストラ千葉

Flyweight Champion
Yuki Motoya 元谷友貴(CB IMPACT)
TBA

Flyweight
Tatsumitsu Wada 和田竜光(吉田道場)
TBA

Lightweight
Kennosuke Oyama 大山釼呑助(INFIGHT JAPAN)
Katsuki Seita 勝木星太(蒼天塾横浜)

Bantamweight
Yuki Takano 高野優樹(和術慧舟會HEARTS)
Tomohiko Hori 堀友彦(フリー)

Flyweight
Yuma Horiuchi 堀内佑馬(TANG TANG FIGHT CLUB)
Yudai Ishida 石田雄大(グラップリングシュートボクサーズ名古屋)

Opening fight Flyweight
Naoki Inoue 井上直樹(白心会)
Kenji Yamanaka 山中憲次(PUREBRED大宮)

Opening fight Bantamweight
Shimoda Yutaka 下田豊(リバーサルジム新宿Me,We)
Takuya Kanai 金井卓也(Honey Trap)