DEEP Cage Impact 2013 mega-card announcements

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DEEP rolls out a massive event with its next Cage Impact card on November 24, 2013. Featherweight Champ Kazunori Yokota and Middleweight Champ Kaz back in action, plus Yoshida, Parky, and Iron Nakamura all back in Japan.

It seems that The Big Man needs no time to sleep, as mere days after a successful Tribe Tokyo event, DEEP’s Shigeru Saeki releases news of a DEEP versus Pancrase collaboration fight, and the players for the next cage event. Determining which matches are actually headlining the event is proving impossible because there are a half-dzen or more deserving of the honor. Along with two Champions on the bill and a title challenger match, several big names are set to come back in action, and some very strong prospects will be on display. Then there’s more DEEP-Japan versus ROAD FC-Korea action. Plus, as if 17 fights weren’t enough, the DEEP Future King 1-day 16 Man Tournament will be held, possibly across 3 divisions.

Featherweight Champion Kazunori Yokota will take on Mach disciple Harada Yoshiki in a non-title event while a ‘next contender’ match for the belt is waged between Tatsunao Nagakura and Tsuda Katsunori. DEEP Middleweight Champ King Kaz takes on the man who doesn’t know the meaning of ‘give up’, Yuji Sakuragi. Yoshiyuki Yoshida makes his first fight back in Japan since leaving for the UFC against top prospect from Korea, Team MAD’s Parky. And Gono  has discovered his proper weight class is welterweight, and he’ll make his first go against Yuki Okano.

Stellar-ity doesn’t end there. Takafumi Otsuka apparently has quickly recovered from his war in ROAD FC with Lee YunJun in which he cracked his orbital, since he’s taking on Paraestra submaster Toshiaki Kitada. In a female bout, up and comer Sugiyama will take on a new Korean fighter Kim JiYoung. Hideki Kadowaki will face one of the hottest prospects in JMMA, Kleber Koike. The card starts to round out with Hiroshi Nakamura fresh out of Bellator, and big men Seigo and Kim JongWang throwing down.

Outside of Japan, pray for a stream. Otherwise, pack an overnight bag and start researching capsule hotels.

DEEP Cage Impact 2013 in TDC Hall
November 24, 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Live on Ustream

#17 – Featherweight
Kazunori Yokota (18-5-3) 横田一則(フリー横田一則(フリー)
Harada Yoshiki (6-4-1) 原田ヨシキ(マッハ道場)

#16 – Featherweight Next Challenger match
Tatsunao Nagakura (8-4) 長倉立尚(吉田道場)
Tsuda Katsunori (7-2) 津田勝憲(総合格闘技津田沼道場)

#15 – Middleweight
Kazuhiro Nakamura (19-11) 中村和裕(チームカズ)
Yuji Sakuragi (14-21-2) 桜木裕司(掣圏会館)

#14
Yoshiyuki Yoshida (15-6) 吉田善行(Team Curran)
Park WonSik (10-4-1) パーキー(CMA KOREA/TEAM MAD)

#13
Gono Akihiro (32-19-7) 郷野 聡寛(フリー)
Yuki Okano (7-5) 岡野裕城(マッハ道場)

#12
Takafumi Otsuka (15-12-1) 大塚隆史(AACC)
Toshiaki Kitada (15-6-4) 北田俊亮(パラエストラ千葉)

#11
Shizuka Sugiyama (10-3) 杉山しずか(禅道会
KIM JiYun (0-0) キム・ジヨン(TEAM POSSE/ROAD FC

#10
Hideki Kadowaki (14-14-3) 門脇英基(和術慧舟會東京道場)
Kleber Koike Erbst (12-3-1) クレベル・コイケ・エルベスト(ボンサイ柔術)

#9 – Bantamweight
Nakamura Hiroshi (15-6-4) 中村”アイアン”浩士(カルペディエムブラジリアン柔術
Yusaku Nakamura (6-4-1) 中村優作(総合格闘技スタジオSTYLE)

#8
Shunsuke Inoue (13-7-2) 井上俊介(シュクラン)LHW
Kim NaeCheol (2-2) キム・ネイチョル(TEAM POSSE/ROAD FC)

#7
Yukinari Tamura (14-9-6) 田村ヒビキ(パラエストラ大阪)
Juri Ohara (12-6-1) 大原樹里(KIBAマーシャルアーツクラブ)

#6
Seigo Mizuguchi (11-15) 誠悟(TEAM東京CLUTCH)
Kim JongWang (13-22) キム・ジョンワン(CMA KOREA)

#5
Masato Kobayashi (6-4-1) 小林聖人(総合格闘技津田沼道場)
Hiroyuki Kobayashi (5-4-2) 小林博幸(T-BLOOD)

#4 – Bantamweight
Hirotaka Miyakawa (6-11-2) 宮川博孝(ALLIANCE/TEAMゆでたまご)
Kwak JungHyeon (1-1) グァク・ジョンヒョン(TEAM FORCE /ROAD FC)

#3
Daisuke Endo (10-5-2) 遠藤大翼(和術慧舟會駿河道場)
Kintaro Kintaro (6-4-1) 金太郎(パンクラス大阪稲垣組)

Opening Fights

#2 –
Kota Ishibashi (3-1) 石橋幸太(総合格闘技DOBUITA)
Yuma Horiuchi (1-0) 堀内佑馬(TANG TANG FIGHT CLUB)

#1
Yusaku Fujisawa (8-4-1) 藤澤優作(禅道会)
Takuya Oyama (0-1) 大山剱呑助(INFIGHT JAPAN)

1-day Future King Tournament