Reminder: DEEP Cage Impact 2013 available on iPPV this weekend

DEEP will be offering an online internet pay-per-view for this Sunday’s Cage Impact 2013.

The card will be available to purchase on uStream for $15/£10.

Tatsunao Nagakura (8-4) will be the headlining act. The DEEP veteran recently made quick work of Ok Yoon Fan via KO in the first round earlier this year in August.

Prior to the fight he was involved in a Fight of the Year candidate with newly signed UFC fighter Doo Ho Choi. Nagakura would lose the contest via TKO in the second round, following a close back and forth battle.

His opponent will be the-always-fun Katsunori Tsuda (7-2-1) who is currently on a 2-fight win streak. A win for either fighter will set them up for a title shot against current DEEP Featherweight champion Kazunori Yokota.

The co-main event of the evening will see DEEP Middleweight champion Kazuhiro Nakamura (19-11) look to extend his 5-fight win streak. The talented Judokan took on Henry Miller in his last outing for his opponents retirement bout. Nakamura went on to stop his foe via KO in the first round.

Hard-hitting Yuji Sakuragi (14-21-2) will try to end his opponents recent success, and at the same time snap his own losing streak. With both men willing to trade blow-for-blow this one has Fight of the Night written allover it.

Former two division DEEP champion Takafumi Otsuka (15-12-1) makes a return for a second time this year, and looks to get back on track since being derailed at ROAD FC 12 by Yun Jun Lee. Prior to the fight 27-year-old Otsuka won his last three outings under the DEEP banner.

Toshiaki Kitada (15-6-4) looks to build momentum coming in fresh ofF his win at DEEP: 63 Impact. The strong grappler previously beat Otsuka back in 2006 via Unanimous Decision.

Yoshiyuki Yoshida (15-6) will make his promotional debut. The former UFC veteran has went 4-1 since being released, and is on a 4-fight win streak. Yoshida’s last bout saw him defeat Niko Puhakka via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in his opponents native Finland.

Won Sik Park (10-4-1) will be the man welcoming him. The fighter dubbed “Parky” was last seen losing to Kosuke Umeda back in 2012 at DEEP: 58 Impact, and is currently on a 2-fight skid. The Korean was set to face Jutaro Nakao, but an illness would force him off the card. This will be his first fight back this year, and a win over Yoshida will put Park back in the right direction.

Fan favorite Hiroshi Nakamura (15-6-4) has fought a who’s who on the Asian MMA scene. The man known as “Iron” will make his return for the first time this year, since coming up short in the semifinals of Bellator’s Bantamweight Tournament in 2012 losing to Luis Nogueira.

Yusaku Nakamura (6-4-1) hasn’t been given an easy ride since making his debut back in 2010. Nakamura has faced some stern competition along the way having twice fought Tatsumitsu Wada, Daiki Hata, and Seiji Akao. Coming off his recent knockout win over Naoyuki Kato, Yusaku will now look to add another finish to his resume.

Charismatic Akihiro Gono (32-19-7) looks to snap his losing streak, and get his hand raised for the first since 2010. 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: 62 Impact, where he would get knocked out by the hard-hitting Taisuke Okuno.

Yuki Okano (7-5) trains out of the legendary Hayato Sakurai’s gym. Okano’s mentor (“Mach”) has a brief history with Akihiro himself, having fought the veteran back in 2009. Sakurai would go on to lose the bout via Submission (Armbar) in the 2nd round. The 26-year-old however will look to avoid the same fate, and instead leave his own mark when he faces off against Gono this weekend.

Also on the card women’s Bantamweight Shizuka Sugiyama, the trilogy between Megatons Seigo Mizuguchi/Jong Wang Kim, highly touted prospect Kleber Koike Erbst and brawler Shunsuke Inoue.

DEEP Featherweight champion Kazunori Yokota was scheduled to fight Yoshiki Harada in a non-title bout, but Harada pulled out due to injury.


Tatsunao Nagakura vs. Katsunori Tsuda
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Yuji Sakuragi
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Kitada Toshiaki
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Won Sik Park
Hiroshi Nakamura vs. Yusaku Nakamura
Akihiro Gono vs. Yuki Okano
Shunsuke Inoue vs. Nei chel Kim
Hideki Kadowaki vs. Kleber Koike Erbst
Hibiki Tamura vs. Juri Ohara
Seigo Mizuguchi vs. Jong Wang Kim III
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Ji Yun Kim
Masato Kobayashi vs. Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Daisuke Endo vs. Kintaro
Kota Ishibashi vs. Yuma Horiuchi
Yusaku Fujisawa vs. Kennosuke Oyama

Here’s where to order the event

(Sunday at 12am ET)

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