Wednesday, 22 July 2009
DEEP had already announced 2 title fights for this card, and it was clear that Ryo Chonan would make his return to DEEP on this card. Chonan went 1-3 in his stay with the UFC and now he wants his belt back! Chonan had to vacate his DEEP title once he signed for the UFC, he has made it clear that he wants the title now held by Riki Fukuda back. His first opponent is the veteran Jutaro Nakao.
Also announced on this card is Bernard Ackah, but I had to rub my eyes and take a second look when I saw who he was fighting. It looks like Ryushi Yanagisawa will be making a return at the age of 37. This is a fighter that has fought all the legends (Randy, Fedor, Bas, you name it), but that was between 1993 and 2001. Will be awesome to see him back (finding it almost hard to believe)!
Allience's Yuki Ito will take on the very talented Sadao Kondo in what will be a very exciting fight.
Ryo Chonan 15-10-0 vs. 22-14-4 Jutaro Nakao
Bernard Ackah 2-3-0 vs. 24-23-9 Ryushi Yanagisawa
Yuki Ito 7-3-3 vs. 4-0-0 Sadao Kondo
Yasuhiro Kawasaki 2-1-1 vs. 4-0-0 Tomoya Kato
DEEP Bantamweight Title Fight:
Masakazu Imanari (champion) 16-7-1 vs. 10-4-3 Tomohiko Hori
DEEP Featherweight Title Fight:
Dokonjonosuke Mishima (champion) 19-6-2 vs. 8-4-1 Takafumi Otsuka
Koichiro Matsumoto 7-2-0
Toshiaki Kitada 8-4-2
Yuji Sakuragi 10-14-1