10 match-ups set for Sunday’s DEEP Osaka Impact 2013 event

Three stellar DEEP events are set to take place this month. The first of which will see the promotion heading over to the Azalea Taisho Hall situated in Osaka, Japan, for Sunday’s DEEP Osaka Impact 2013.

The headlining bout will be at 155-lbs as Yoichi Fukumoto (15-5-2) contests Yasuaki Kishimoto (13-9). A staple in the Japanese MMA scene since 2012, Fukumoto, 36, brings a wealth of experience to Sunday’s main event, having fought well over 20 times in his career thus far. In a 4-2 stint with DEEP, Fukumoto will be looking to get back in the win column having dropped a decision setback in his previous outing at July’s DEEP Tokyo Impact Lightweight Tournament event.

Standing across the Japanese vet will be the durable Yasuaki Kishimoto, who is yet to undergo a stoppage defeat in his pro MMA career. The 29-year-old Kobe, Hyogo native has been within the DEEP ranks since 2008, amassing an incredible 14-3-2 record with the Japan-based promotion. Kishimoto will be looking for his second win on the trot on October 13, following his Unanimous Decision victory against Sadao Kondo in July.

Flyweights make up the co-main event, as Hideki Kiyota (6-2-3) takes on Osaka faithful Yuya Shibata (7-2). The latter has done well in his young MMA career which dates back to 2011, picking up multiple victories in both Shooto and of course, DEEP thus far. He was last spotted at April’s DEEP Osaka Impact 2013 event, where he triangle-choked his opponent en route to a submission victory in the first frame.

On the heels of three straight draws, Kiyota, meanwhile, is yet to register a victory in 2013. In fact, he has hit a rough patch of late, having not administered a win since  2011. Despite the negatives, though, Kiyota is yet to be finished in his pro MMA career as well, setting up an intriguing encounter Shibata.

The rest of the card features bouts from various divisions, most notably Ryuichiro Sumimura (4-3) vs. Kokichi Katahira (7-0-2) at Welterweight, and Katsuyoshi Beppu (9-3-2) vs. Kenya Yamanaka (3-3-1) at 145-lbs.

Check out the rest of the line-up below:

  • Yoichi Fukumoto vs. Yasuaki Kishimoto
  • Hideki Kiyota vs. Yuya Shibata
  • Ryuichiro Sumimura vs. Kokichi Katahira
  • Yusuke Kagiyama vs. Kazuyoshi Kiyama
  • Katsuyoshi Beppu vs. Kenya Yamanaka
  • Hiroshi Tomita vs. Naritoshi Kakuta
  • Icho Tomonaga vs. Kang Sato
  • Fuhito Hasegawa vs. Shi Iori
  • Kazuya Nishioka vs. Kimihiko Nakamura
  • Hiroyuki Mori vs. Keisuke Komori


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Author:Thinesh John

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