DEEP 69 Impact Results: Nakanishi Victorious, Hirota Finishes Imanari

Courtesy of Bout Review; Kazuhiro Nakamura (left) will fight Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (right) in his retirement bout.

DEEP 69th Impact took place this past Sunday at the TDC Hall in Tokyo, Japan.  The stacked fight card was headlined by a Middleweight title eliminator between DEEP Light Heavyweight Champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi and former DEEP Middleweight Champion, Ryuta Sakurai.  The fight was a rematch from the bout that took place at DEEP 52nd Impact in February of 2011.  Ryuta Sakurai was able to finish Nakanishi late into the third round, handing Nakanishi only his second loss of his career.

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi was able to change that outcome from the first fight, taking a strong decision win over Sakurai.  Nakanishi controlled the pace of the fight, using his wrestling to get Sakurai down and control on top.  Yoshiyuki Nakanishi landed a right elbow on the ground in the second round that cut Sakurai open.  More controlling ground work in the third round sealed the victory for Nakanishi.  Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is now scheduled to face Kazuhiro “King Kaz” Nakamura in his retirement bout at DEEP 70th Impact on December 21st.  Nakamura stepped into the ring, commenting that he was glad he had a strong challenger in his final fight, but he didn’t believe Nakanishi was on his level.  Yoshiyuki Nakanishi remains one of Japan’s best middleweight and light heavyweight fighters, winning 6 of his past 7, including an upset loss to Aleksandar Radosavljevic in 2013 slugfest.  Nakanishi improves his overall record to 15-3, including wins over noted fighters Christian M’Pumbu, Young Choi and an impressive KO of Bernard Ackah.

In the co-main event of the evening, former DEEP Champions Mizuto Hirota and Masakazu Imanari would clash.  Masakazu Imanari was looking to get this fight down early, attempting submissions that Hirota defended well and got back to his feet.  In the second round, Hirota was able to land a strong left hand that put Imanari down and Hirota followed him to the ground for the finish.  Relentless hammerfists and punches rained down on Imanari before the referee halted the bout at 1:38 of round two.  Mizuto Hirota has won his two fights since being cut from the UFC.

Former DEEP lightweight champion, Daisuke Nakamura, and long-time JMMA veteran Shinji Sasaki battled to a split draw.  Daisuke attempted a triangle after a takedown in the first round, but Sasaki defended and landed a takedown of his own.  Sasaki shrugged off a Nakamura armbar attempt to get on top and move to mount to end the first round.  Daisuke Nakamura came back strong in the second round, dropping Shinji Sasaki briefly.  Sasaki was constantly working for takedowns and ring control in the fight, being most effective in the third round.  Judge Fukuda had the fight for Sasaki, Shimada for Nakamura and Umeki scored the fight a draw.  Both men are now winless in their past three.

Courtesy of Bout Review; Takafumi Otsuka defends his Bantamweight Title with a submission.


Takafumi Otsuka was able to defend his DEEP Bantamweight Title against Toshinoari Tsunemura with a guillotine choke in the waning seconds of round three.  The submission win was Otsuka’s first finish since 2008, but his 6th win his past seven fights.  Following the fight, Otsuka called out Pancrase Champion Shintaro Ishiwatari to fight him on the upcoming DEEP DREAM Impact card on New Year’s Eve.

Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata made a return from a brief retirement to rematch a fighter he defeated in the past, Seiji Akao.  Hata was looking for the takedown after a year and half outside of the ring.  Akao was able to drop DJ twice in the fight, a left hook in the second round and a barrage of punches in the third.  The judges disagreed, two of them scoring the bout for Hata and one for Akao.  Daiki Hata makes his return to MMA with the intentions of competing in the UFC.  Daiki Hata is on a 4-fight win streak against good names and unbeaten in his past 9 fights.

Courtesy of Bout Review; Satoko Shinashi celebrates her return after 6 years.

Former DEEP Flyweight Champion Satoko Shinashi made a successful return to DEEP after a 6 year hiatus from the sport due to the birth of her child and marriage.  Satoko didn’t miss a beat, as she was able to stop Ye Jin Jung with punches from mount just over a minute into the fight.  Satoko Shinashi is one of the best female fighters to come out of Japan, improving her impressive record to 30-2-2 with 24 finishes.  Satoko Shinashi expressed her desire to fight again on the DEEP promoted NYE show.

Former UFC veteran and WVR and Shooto Pacific Rim Champion, Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura fought the heavy handed Yuki Okano.  Nakamura was able to counter Okano and put him down.  K-Taro followed up to force the referee to stop the bout following a barrage of punches on the ground.  K-Taro has won two straight, winning 7 of his past 8, his only loss to Frank Camacho in his only lightweight bout in that stretch (typically a welterweight).

Courtesy of BoutReview; K-Taro (black shorts) stops Yuki Okano in the 2nd round


DEEP 69th Impact Results

  • Yoshiyuki Nakanishi def. Ryuta Sakurai by Unanimous Decision
  • Mizuto Hirota def. Masakazu Imanari by TKO (Ground Punches) at 1:38 of Round 2
  • Daisuke Nakamura drew Shinji Sasaki by Split Draw
  • Takafumi Otuska def. Toshinori Tsunemura by Sub (Guillotine) at 4:46 of Round 3
  • Daiki Hata def. Seiji Akao by Split Decision
  • Satoko Shinashi def. Ye Jin Jung by TKO (Ground Punches) at 1:15 of Round 1
  • Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura def. Yuki Okano by TKO (Ground Punches) at 0:26 of Round 2
  • Naoto Miyazaki def. Hiroki “AB” Aoki by Split Decision
  • Yo Saito def. Daisuke Endo by Unanimous Decision
  • Luiz Andrade drew Kimihiro Eto by Split Draw
  • Kenjiro Takahashi def. Hiroto Uesako by Unanimous Decision
  • Yuki Takano def. Seung Gu Kim by Majority Decision
  • Jin Soo Son def. Hiroaki Okada by TKO (Ground Punches) at 0:51 of Round 1
  • Hiroto Sakuma def. Harushige Shinokawa by Majority Decision
  • Yusaku Fujisawa def. Yoshihiko Shinzato by TKO (Ground Punches) at 3:46 of Round 1
  • Yu Odagiri def. Kenta Nagatsuka by TKO (Ground Punches) at 2:18 of Round 1








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