DEEP Cage Impact 2013: Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Yuji Sakuragi & Akihiro Gono vs. Yuki Okano

Shigeru Saeki has today announced two more bouts for DEEP Cage Impact 2013. The card is scheduled to take place November 24th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.

DEEP Middleweight Champion Kazuhiro Nakamura faces off against Yuji Sakuragi in what should be a thrilling encounter. Respected Judokan “King Kaz” is riding high at the the moment winning his last four outings defeating the likes of Ryuta Sakurai, Young Choi, Daijiro Matsui and Henry Miller.

While on the other side of the cage aggressive striker Sakuragi may not have the best record on paper, but one thing you can guarantee is that he’ll put on a show for the fans. Yuji who’s lost his last two fights will look to get back on winning ways by decimating Nakamura, and adding another KO to his resume.

Akihiro Gono’s opponent has been named as Mach Dojo fighter Yuki Okano. Following his loss to Michael Chandler at Bellator 67, Gono announced his retirement from the sport. However, earlier in April this year he stepped back into the ring at DEEP 62nd Impact, where he would get knocked out by hard the hitting Taisuke Okuno.

Yuki trains out of legendary Hayato Sakurai’s gym. Okano’s mentor (“Mach”) has a brief history with Akihiro himself having fought one another back in 2009. Sakurai would go onto lose the fight by Armbar in the 2nd round. The 26-year-old will look to avoid the same fate, and instead leave his own mark when he faces off against Akihiro Gono this November.

Previously Announced:

Tatsunao Nagakura vs. Katsunori Tsuda

Hiroshi Nakamura vs. Yusaku Nakamura

Daisuke Endo vs. Kintaro

Hideki Kadowaki vs. Kleber Koike Erbst

Masato Kobayashi vs. Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Takafumi Otsuka vs. Toshiaki Kitada

Hirotaka Miyakawa vs. Jong Hyun Kwak

Seigo Mizuguchi vs. Jong Wang Kim III

Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Ji Yun Kim

Shunsuke Inoue vs. Neichel Kim

Kota Ishibashi vs. Yuma Horiuchi

Yusaku Fujisawa vs. Takuya Oyama

Both Yoshiyuki Yoshida & Kazunori Yokota are awaiting opponents.

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