Tatsumitsu Wada vs Ryuichi Miki, Yuki Motoya vs Matt Manzanares Added to DEEP DREAM IMPACT 2014

The continuing theme of former champions of top regional promotions facing off didn’t change in the announcement of two fights.  Former Deep Flyweight Champion, Tatsumitsu Wada (11-8-2) will face current Shooto World Bantamweight Champion, Ryuichi Miki (16-7-4).  Also announced for the card, current DEEP Flyweight Champion Yuki Motoya (12-4) will face former RFA Flyweight Champ, Matt Manzanares (7-3).

Tatsumitsu Wada had a terrible start to his pro career, but he has progressed to become one of the best flyweights outside of the UFC.  Tatsumitsu Wada is 11-3-2 in his past 16 fights, including wins over top competition Takafumi Otsuka, Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata, Haruo Ochi and Yuki Motoya.  Wada’s aggressive striking style leads to entertaining fights, a style that Ryuichi Miki will be happy to oblige.  Ryuichi Miki is the 56kg Shooto World Champion, but recently lost in the Vale Tudo Japan Semi-finals to Czar Sklavos.  That loss ended a seven fight unbeaten streak (6-0-1) against top fighters Haruo Ochi, Yoshiro Maeda and Yosuke Saruta.

One of Japan’s top prospects, 25-year-old Yuki Motoya won the DEEP Flyweight belt when he submitted Tatsumitsu Wada in the second round at DEEP 68th Impact.  Yuki is 9-1 in his past ten fights, including five finishes.  Motoya will bring a very impressive record of fallen foes into his fight with the former RFA Flyweight Champion, including the likes of Masakazu Imanari, Kiyotaka Shimizu, Yoshiro Maeda and most recently he avenged his last loss to Tatsumitsu Wada.  Matt Manzanares won the Vacant RFA Flyweight title at RFA 14 over Junior Maranhao in a controversial fight.  However, at RFA 18, Matt would lose the title to surging Nova Uniao prospect Alexandre Pantoja (15-2).  Matt holds a submission win over Seth Swanson and a TKO victory over Kevin Gray.  This fight should be nothing short of exciting.

“K-Taro” Keita Nakamura has also been announced for the card with an opponent to be determined.  The full fight card announced to this date is as follows:

 

DEEP DREAM Impact 2014

  • DEEP Lightweight Title – Satoru Kitaoka vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida
  • Kazunori Yokota vs Isao Kobayashi
  • Takafumi Otsuka vs Shintaro Ishiwatari
  • Yuki Motoya vs Matt Manzanares
  • Tatsumitsu Wada vs Ryuichi Miki
  • Kiyotaka Shimizu vs Yuya Shibata
  • Toshiaki Kitada vs Taichi Nakajima
  • Yoshiaki Takahashi vs Yasuaki Kishimoto
  • Yoshiro Maeda vs Haruo Ochi
  • Hiroyuki Takaya vs Mizuto Hirota
  • Mei Yamaguchi vs Ayaka Hamasaki
  • Satoko Shinashi vs Rika Hamada
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs Emi Fujino
  • Shizuka Sugiyama vs Raika Emiko
  • Makoto Kamaya vs Yoshiki Harada
  • Sota Kojima vs Masato Kobayashi
  • Takashi Sato vs Hidetora
  • Hiroto Sakuma vs Roy
  • Naoyuki Kato vs Yuma Horiuchi
  • Keita Nakamura vs TBA
  • Tatsunao Nagakura vs TBA
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