Imanari Submits Another Black Belt
TOKYO -- Deep’s first bantamweight championship bout between
Imanari (Pictures) and Hiroshi
Umemura (Pictures) didn’t get out of the first
minute Sunday at Korakuen Hall.
Imanari, known as the Ashikan Judan, lived up to his nickname by
putting away the jiu-jitsu black belt at a mere 29 seconds into the
Deep 37 main event. After a missed Imanari middle kick, Umemura
circled back to the center of the ring, obviously not expecting
Imanari to go for his usual baseball slide into a foot lock.
Once Imanari had the foot, however, Umemura’s face twisted into a
grimace of pain. He tapped to the heel hook but not before
sustaining considerable damage.
“Somehow I won today, but before long, I think I’ll want to fight
in a place one step up from here,” Imanari told the crowd while
Umemura limped out of the ring. “Please cheer me on.”
Shigeru Saeki, Deep’s corpulent captain, has stated in previous
interviews that the bantamweight division in Deep was created in
line with Dream’s new featherweight class, hovering between 137 and
139 pounds. With today’s comments, the expert leg locker appears to
be all but announcing his participation in next year’s rumored
featherweight grand prix.
Deep women’s 106-pound champion Miku
Matsumoto (Pictures) not only kept her title but also
kept good to her word by knocking out long-time nemesis Misaki
Takimoto (Pictures) late in the second round.
Blitzing Takimoto from the opening seconds of the fight, Matsumoto
showed no fear for her opponent’s karate skills. She slammed punch
after punch after kick after brutal body knee to the midsection of
Takimoto tried in earnest in the first round to stifle Matsumoto in
the clinch and on the ground, only to end up evading armbar and
triangle attempts. Matsumoto’s dominance appeared to wear on both
women, however. Both slowed considerably in the second round,
turning the bout into a standup war.
Matsumoto pulled ahead in the exchanges after a resounding head
kick left Takimoto stumbling. The next crushing blow came in the
form of a hard body kick that made Takimoto cringe over in pain,
followed by a second kick that dropped her for good at 4:40 for the
The judges robbed Jong Man Kim
(Pictures) in his bout with Pancrase
standout Daiki Hata
(Pictures). After three rounds of tagging
“DJ Taiki” with hard left hooks and the occasional lunging right,
Kim looked to be on his way to a unanimous decision. To his credit,
Hata had proven that he had a solid chin, taking Kim’s best shots
and not showing any sign of fading. Hata also consistently found
his mark with low kicks, none of which Kim defended throughout the
Yet it was Kim who scored consistent head shots and arguably
deserved to win the fight on damage. The judges didn’t see it that
way, though, ruling the bout a unanimous draw after three rounds of
Kim’s standup dominance.
Deep fan favorite Ryuta
Sakurai (Pictures) steamrolled Kozo Urita
(Pictures). In the opening moments, he
clipped Urita with a left that sent him down on his back. From
there, Sakurai grinded Urita into ineffectiveness before moving
into position for an armbar at 3:22 of the first round.
Namekawa (Pictures) showed no love and even less
respect for Claudio Silva in their 198-pound catch-weight bout.
After failing to finish with a north-south choke, Namekawa went for
an armbar and pulled Silva’s arm clearly beyond the point nature
had intended it to go. The arm snapped, and Namekawa threw it aside
2:59 into the first round before standing up to parade around the
Though he always comes to fight, the exciting Yoshihiro
Tomioka (Pictures) bit off more than he could chew
Kikuno (Pictures). Kikuno started off by blasting
“Barbaro44” in the chin with a high kick followed by volleys of
punch combinations. Whether on the feet, in the corner or from the
guard, Kikuno hammered Tomioka with heavy hands until the referee
called the fight at 2:34 of round two.
Ishikawa (Pictures) dominated Kousei
Kubota (Pictures) on the feet and on the mat in
their 172-pound catch-weight bout. Coming to the ring with a large
bandage on his head, it looked as if Ishikawa had been injured from
training. However, Ishikawa got Kubota to the ground and eventually
pounded him out 55 seconds into round two.
In the last bout of the evening’s “Deep vs. Wajutsu Keishukai”
attraction, Riki Fukuda
(Pictures) sealed the deal for team Deep by
Ozaki (Pictures) by unanimous decision. After
stuffing Ozaki’s takedown attempts in both rounds, Fukuda dragged
Ozaki to the mat, where he transitioned to the back to deliver the
occasional rear-naked choke attempt between hard punches to the
body and side of the head.
Though Seigo Inoue
(Pictures) had been knocked down twice in
the first round, he appeared to catch onto Koichiro
Matsumoto (Pictures)’s striking game and adapt for the
second round. However, when he changed levels for a takedown,
Matsumoto landed a perfect uppercut to his face. Referee Yoshinori
Umeki then overreacted and called the bout for an early stoppage at
1:32 of the second round.
In the only Wajutsu Keishukai win of the evening, Yusaku
Tsukkumo (Pictures) latched a rear-naked choke on
Kitazaki (Pictures) at 3:04 of the first.
Miura (Pictures) proved tougher than Luiz Andrade
I’s usual opponents, not allowing Luiz to bang him out. Only one
judge scored it for Andrade I, while the remaining two ruled the
bout even for a majority draw after two rounds.
In the evening’s only open-weight bout, Evgeny Maximkin tapped Jun
Soo Lim at 3:08 of the first round by heel hook and then said he’d
like to test his skills in Dream.
All three of the evening’s Future Fight prelims ended in stoppages:
Sato (Pictures) punched out Yuya Osugi 3:00 into
the second round; Kenta Takagi pounded out Makoto Kuwawa at 1:22 of
the first; and Tomohiro Ishii hammered Teppei Hori from top
position for the finish at 3:46 in the first round.
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