DEEP Cage Impact takes place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 15th. For Kasuya Toida’s Retirement Ceremony, DEEP stalwarts and stand outs such as Choi DooHo, Sakurai, Imanari, Kikuno, and Kazunori pepper the card.
While the main event, a superfight between Choi DooHo and “Boost Samurai“, promises to bring the entire Korakuen hall to its feet, there are many other exciting matches taking place at the next DEEP Cage Impact event. Before the “Korean Superboy” makes his next thrilling battle against fellow KO artist Shoji Maruyama – a battle which is not for a much-deserved title and thus alludes to possible movement on the horizon for Choi – a few other stunner matchups versus Koreans will take place on the card.
DEEP Featherweight Champion Kazunori Yokota will take on Kim OonKyeom who’s been training with ROAD FC‘s LW Champ Nam YuiChul as possibly a consolation prize for not getting to face the other Korean – Choi – for a title match a year ago. Yokota hasn’t seen a loss since a string that started with Tatsuya Kawajiri and ended in 2010 against Jadamba Narantungalag, so he’ll be looking to put away the upstart early. Kim’s grappling prowess as the winner of his division in the recent King of Grappling competition might have a little bit more to say about it.
The other Korean facing a DEEP stalwart is Kim JongWang, once a PRIDE and K-1 HERO’s player, who will face another big man in Seigo Mizuguchi. Seigo put Kim away with a scarfhold in under a minute just one year ago, so Kim will be hoping his recent 15 second KO of Yoshihisa Yamamoto will propel his confidence – and his fists.
Former Championship challenger heavy hitter karateka Kikuno Kazunori steps in the cage following a streak of three excellent wins to face DEEP stalwart and UFC vet – from a decade ago – Jutaro Nakao. Kazunori may seem the favorite on paper given Nakao’s ripe age of 42, but with a win over Shinya Aoki by KO – back in the day – as well as many other Japanese vets, and the fact that he hasn’t been finished in five years, means he’s an apt opponent for the man with hands that chop boards.
Eternal heroes Middleweight Ryuta Sakurai and Light Heavyweight Sakuragi Yuji will both make their first trip back to Korakuen after Kazuo Misaki‘s retirement event at the end of 2012. Sakurai will likely grapple the heavy hitter in a fashion that’s comfortably grabbed him recent wins over Hiromitsu Kanehara and Yoshiyuki Nakanishi. Yuji, recently faced with this game and choked with it by Daiju Takase, won’t want a repeat performance and should go head hunting early.
There won’t be a dry eye in the bleachers as Kasuya Toida has decided to call it a career, but whether it will be from sadness or train-wreck watching remains to be seen. Toida will put on an exhibition match for his Retirement Ceremony with none other than the Master of Painful-to-even-watch Leglocks Masakazu Imanari.
Earlier on the card, one of DEEP’s sponsors has put up a cool 300,000Yen prize if Hirada Yoshiki or Koichi Ishizuka can knock the other out within 30 seconds.
DEEP Cage Impact Tokyo
June 15, 2013
チェ・ドゥホ(CMA KOREA) Choi DooHo (10-1) vs Shoji Maruyama (12-8-1) 昇侍(KIBAマーシャルアーツクラブ)
桜井隆多(R-BLOOD) Ryuta Sakurai (23-17-6) vs Sakuragi Yuji (14-20-2) 桜木裕司(掣圏会館)
横田一則(フリー) Kazunori Yokota (17-5-3) vs Kim OonKyeom キム・ウンギョム(CMA KOREA)
菊野克紀(ALLIANCE) Kikuno Kazunori (19-5-2) vs Jutaro Nakao (24-17-4) 中尾受太郎(フリー)
誠悟(TEAM東京CLUTCH) Seigo Mizuguchi (11-14) vs Kim JongWang (12-22) キム・ジョンワン(CMA KOREA)
川中孝浩(BRAVE) Takahiro Kawanaka (5-2) vs Nakakura Sanshiro (1-0) 中倉三四郎(Fighting Ties)
ビッグボディ(ボンサイキン肉星) Big Body (1-0) vs Ryo Sakai (0-1) 酒井リョウ(パラエストラ松戸)
長谷川秀彦(アカデミア・アーザ) Hidehiko Hasegawa (19-18-6) vs Yuta Kaneko (6-0-1) 金子優太(BRAVE)
渡辺良知(AACC) Yoshimito Watanabe (12-14-3) vs Yuki Okano (5-5) 岡野裕城(マッハ道場)
(株)グランドエステート懸賞金(30万円)マッチ DEEP’s sponsor “グランドエステート” will pay 300,000Yen Prize money for a 30 second KO
原田ヨシキ(マッハ道場) Hirada Yoshiki (6-3-1) vs Koichi Ishizuka (7-1) 石司晃一 (Brigthness門馬道場)
ROY ROY (GDO) (0-0) vs Shinekawa Hirushige (7-4) 篠川キャベツ(クラブバーバリアン)
井上俊介(シュクラン) Shunsuke Inoue (12-7-2) vs Atsushi Yamada (1-2) 篤志 (BLUE DOG GYM)
戸井田カツヤ引退エキシビジョン※引退セレモニー有り Kasuya Toida Retirement Ceremony
戸井田カツヤ(和術慧舟會トイツ道場) Kasuya Toida vs Masakazu Imanari 今成正和(Team-ROKEN)
オープニングファイト Opening fights
– 石橋幸太(DOBUITA) Kota Ishibashi (2-6) vs Suzuki Hayato (2-0-1) 鈴木隼人(BRAVE)
– 藤澤優作(禅道会) Yusaku Fujisawa (6-4-1) vs Tatsuya Tomozane (2-3) 友貫たつや(IMPACT GYM)