At the year end DEEP Dream Impact, four women’s MMA matches will be held: Ayaka Hamasaki versus V.V Mei Yamaguchi, Emi Tomimatsu versus Emi Fujino, Shizuka Sugiyama versus Leica, and Satoko Shinashi versus Hamada Rika.
Hamasaki versus Yamaguchi promises to be a riproaring matchup at 48kgs. Both women are coming off successful fights in the division. The battle of the Emi’s – whoever thought we would see it materialize? Karate black belt Sugiyama gets her next opponent in the form of boxer Leica which promises to be a stand up battle. Shinashi gets her wish to be on the NYE card by welcoming Rika to just her second pro fight.
Six other matches were also announced, including former DEEP Lightweight Champion, Strikeforce and UFC vet Mizuto Hirota versus Hiroyuki Takaya. Since being released from the UFC, Hirota has seen two back to back matches go his way. With a decision over Daisuke Nakamura and his recent knock out of Masakazu Imanari, Hirota’s 2014 has been remarkable.
Former DREAM Featherweight Champion Takay’s 2014 has gone much the same way. In VTJ, he knocked out Ryogo Takahashi and Yojiro Uchimara. Hirota versus Takaya at featherweight is another Japanese MMA super match fans can look forward to enjoying on the so far stacked New Years Eve card.
DEEP versus Pancrase
Former DEEP Lightweight Champ and current Featherweight Champ Kazunori Yokota will take on the young and impressive Pancrase Featherweight Champ ISAO Kobayashi in a legend versus prospect deal. Yokota stands at nine straight victories since his drop to featherweight. ISAO’s streak is equally impressive, with a string of ten wins interrupted only by a draw early last year. Yotaka and ISAO have contrasting approaches which makes this one of the most interesting matches in Japanese MMA this year.
In the Bantamweight division, DEEP Champ Takafumi Otsuka will take on Pancrase King Shintaro Ishiwatari. Grinder versus pressure slugger is the name of the game between these two, and most likely will see them trade places on the ground trying to punch one another out.
In the three remaining bouts, DEEP’s upstart “Monkey” Shibata will face Pancrase King Kiyotaka Shimizu, DEEP stalwart Yasuaki Kishimoto will face former Pancrase title challenger Yoshiaki Takahashi, and top-shelvers Toshiaki Kitada and Taichi Nakajima will meet.
Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka will face Yoshiyuki Yoshida in defense of his title. Yoshida was scheduled for his Titan FC 31 debut as a contestant for the Lightweight title against Mike Ricci. However, Ricci failed to make weight and the promotion demoted the bout to a non-title fight. Yoshida refused the fight, and the promotion quickly and controversially cut him from the roster.
The event will see twenty fights in all, starting at 3pm on December 31st, 2014. Along with the aforementioned DEEP champs, Yoshida Dojo’s Tatsunao Nagakura is also scheduled to compete.
There will also be a DEEP Jewels bout between yet to be announced female fighters, with Satoko Shinashi asking for a shot by calling out ROAD FC’s Song Ga-Yeon after her return to MMA, as did Shizuka Sugiyama after her win at DEEP Jewels 6.
Other foreign fighters are expected to be announced. The event will use the cage.
DEEP DREAM IMPACT
December 31, 2014
Saitama Super Arena
Shizuka Sugiyama 杉山しずか
Hamada Rika 濱田リカ
Ayaka Hamasaki 浜崎朱加
V.V Mei Yamaguchi
Emi Tomimatsu 富松恵美
Emi Fujino 藤野恵実
New matches announced:
Hiroyuki Takaya 高谷裕之（高谷軍団）
Mizuto Hirota 廣田瑞人（CAVE）
Makoto Kamaya 釜谷真
Yoshiki Harada 原田ヨシキ
Sota Kojima 小島壮太
Masato Kobayashi 小林聖人
Hiroto Sakuma 不良先輩
Ten Sato 佐藤天
Naoyuki Kato 加藤直之
Yuma Horiuchi 堀内佑馬
Previous matches announced:
Satoru Kitaoka 北岡 悟（LOTUS／DEEPライト級王者）
Yoshiyuki Yoshida 吉田善行（Ｔｅａｍ Ｃｕｒｒａｎ）
Yuki Motoya 元谷友貴（CB IMPACT／DEEPフライ級王者）
Tatsunao Nagakura 長倉立尚（吉田道場）
Yoshiro Maeda 前田吉朗（パンクラス大阪稲垣組）
Haruo Ochi 越智晴雄（パラエストラ愛媛）
DEEP vs Pancrase Featherweight
Kazunori Yokota 横田一則（フリー／DEEPフェザー級王者）
ISAO Kobayashi ISAO（坂口一族)
DEEP vs Pancrase Bantamweight
Takafumi Otsuka 大塚隆史（AACC）
Shintaro Ishiwatari 石渡伸太郎（CAVE）
DEEP vs Pancrase Flyweight
Yuya Shibata 柴田MONKEY有哉（総合格闘技スタジオSTYLE）
Kiyotaka Shimizu 清水清隆（TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A）
DEEP vs Pancrase Lightweight
Yasuaki Kishimoto 岸本泰昭（総合格闘技道場コブラ会)
Yoshiaki Takahashi 高橋“Bancho”良明（パラエストラ八王子）
DEEP vs Pancrase Bantamweight
Toshiaki Kitada 北田俊亮（パラエストラ千葉）vs
Taichi Nakajima 中島太一（パラエストラ東京）