Deep 89 Impact heads to the New Pier Hall in Tokyo for the first time this Sunday, with an intriguing 14-fight card featuring several tasty matchups.
In the main event, Satoshi Yamasu will defend his featherweight title against the unpredictable Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata.
At Deep 86 Impact last October, Yamasu (10-4) gave the performance of a lifetime to claim the featherweight title from Takahiro Ashida, extending his run to seven straight wins.
In his first featherweight title defense, he meets the 36-year-old Hata (19-12-7), a former Deep bantamweight champion who turned around a five-fight losing streak to claim two solid wins in 2018.
The co-main event sees former Pacific Xtreme Combat championship Trevin Jones (11-6) face wrestling ace Takafumi Otsuka (25-15-1) in a three-round bantamweight bout.
In the experience department, it would seem that Otsuka has the upper hand. He’s faced some of the best in the business, including the likes of Leandro Issa and Rafael dos Anjos. But don’t sleep on Jones for a second.
Jones has spent the last couple of years bouncing around PXC, Top FC, ACB and more Absolute Championship Akhmat where he recently picked up a win over Mehdi Baidulaev.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Shoji Maruyama has all the makings of a slugfest, as two heavy-hitting veterans take the stage.
Former UFC bantamweight Mizugaki (22-13-2) returns to face a battle-tested Maruyama, who’s 16-11 record is littered with first round knockouts, some of which he has been on the wrong end of – several times.
Maruyama was the first man to hold the King of Pancrase lightweight title and once faced UFC star José Aldo, a fight he lost by unanimous decision.
The 14-fight card will get started at 4pm Japan time and DEEP typically airs all of its events live on YouTube.
Deep 89, New Pier Hall, 12 May
Satoshi Yamasu vs. Daiki Hata (featherweight title)
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Trevin Jones (bantamweight)
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Shoji Maruyama (bantamweight)
Horio Ryuji vs. Ryota Naito (kickboxing)
Toshiaki Kitada vs. Kazuhide Shirota (bantamweight)
Mizuki Furuse vs. Tomoko Shibata (catchweight)
Juntaro Ushiku vs. Zach Benavente (featherweight)
Koya Kanda vs. Takahiro Kato (featherweight)
Yamato Fujita vs. Kozo Moriwaki (flyweight)
Yasutaka Ishigami vs. Hidemasa Soga (flyweight)
Atsushi Kushimoto vs. Shuntaro Azuma (lightweight)
Shinobu Wakui vs. Ibuki Shimada (welterweight)
Ryo Narishima vs. Ibuki Matsumaru (bantamweight)
Atsushi Kishimoto vs. Shintaro Agatsuma (lightweight)