DEEP 70 Impact recap and photos: Kaz Nakamura’s bittersweet retirement passes the title to Nakanishi

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DEEP 70 Impact Kazuhiro Nakamura's final match
DEEP 70 Impact Kazuhiro Nakamura’s final match

At DEEP 70 Impact on December 21, 2014, Kazuhiro Nakamura’s retirement fight title match with Yoshiyuki Nakanishi was a bittersweet affair. The match went the full three rounds, with Nakanishi earning the right to take the belt from the Champion.

 

Kaz took his time coming out to say hello to all the fans who came to wish him well. Once in the ring, he gave them what they wanted, and stood toe to toe trading leather with Nakanishi. However, Nakanishi made it clear with his first take down that he aimed to fight for the belt, not pay his respects.

In the second, Nakanishi went past Kaz’s striking to clinch and punished him in the corner before being pushed off. The tide massively turned when Nakanishi got his next takedown, went to mount and rained down elbows and punches on Kaz. The legend weathered it all to get an amazing reversal. The Champ then stood up and threw kicks down to Nakanishi and tried for a flashy body stomp at the bell.

In the final round, Kaz landed big overhands while Nakanishi kept shooting. Once he succeeded, the threw more elbows from mount to batter Kaz. Kaz eventually recovered half guard and stood out, where he started throwing bombs at Nakanishi again, who landed his final shoot at the bell.

While it wasn’t Kaz’s best performance, it was an entertaining bout. Nakanishi clearly had the Champ figured out and although he couldn’t finish him, his performance was definitely one of a victor. Nakanishi claimed the belt, while Kaz waited in his corner for his retirement final gong. There were definitely wet eyes all around as he stood alone in the spotlight for his final 10-count.

 

Welterweight Championship

Challenger Yuya Shirai opened up the bout with low kicks and picked shots from the outside. Champion Yuta Watanabe gauged his distance patiently, and then landed one right on the button for a knockdown. Shirai turtled up in defense, but Watanabe was unstoppable, until the referee stepped in at just the halfway mark of the first round.

 

Daisuke Nakamura showed Yoichi Fukomoto a thing or two about the strength of experience as he fended off submission attempts through the opening rounds, getting a reversal to threaten with his own, and calmly enduring a rear naked choke attempt that might have put lesser men to sleep. Daisuke ended the battle by punching Yoichi so hard that he spun around to fall flat on his face in the other direction.

Shigetoshi Iwase came in with bad intentions against Yukinari Tamura. Iwase’s onslaught of punches was returned by Tamura’s low kicks, and when Tamura was down, his grappling indeed saved him. However Iwase was not to be denied and got the KO in the second round.

Koichi Ishizuka was in trouble early on as Daisuke Endo dropped him with punches and followed him down to deliver more. Ishizuka found his timing in the second round with nice counters, and then got his own takedown with ground and pound. Ishizuka really turned up his striking in the third, and while Endo still was able to knock him hard, Ishizuka damaged both of Endo’s eyes and earned the UD.

Mateus Irie came out like a crazy man against Juri Ohara with punches and a takedown. However, Ohara reversed out and began his ground and pound with about 30 unanswered punches. When the ref called it off, irate Irie protests that he was defending.

During the intermission, many of the fighters on the DEEP Dream Impact New Years Eve card were present. Kiyotaka Shimizu and Satoru Kitaoka both spoke.

To cap off the undercard, Takashige Hirukawa had an exhibition match with Tribe Tokyo MMA teammate Kiyotaka Shimizu as his retirement ceremony commenced.

For the full play by play of all 15 matches, please click here.

 

DEEP 70 Impact
December 21, 2014
Differ Ariake
Tokyo, Japan

#15 – KING KAZ Retirement Match: Middleweight Championship
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi def Kazuhiro Nakamura by UD

#14 – Welterweight Championship
Yuta Watanabe def Yuya Shirai by TKO, rd 1

#13 – Lightweight
Daisuke Nakamura def Yoichi Fukomoto by KO rd 3

#12 – Lightweight
Shigetoshi Iwase def Yukinari Tamura by TKO rd 2

#11 – Bantamweight
Koichi Ishizuka def Daisuke Endo by UD

#10 – Lightweight
Juri Ohara def Mateus Irie by TKO, rd 1

#9 – Lightweight
Seita Katsuki def Hiroki Kishino by UD

#8 – Welterweight
Yuki Suzuki def Nao Yoneda by Majority Decision

#7 – Bantamweight
Ken Saotome def Fuhito Hasegawa by Decision

#6 – Featherweight
Yuki Ohara def Takeshi Ogane by Unanimous Decision

#5 – Lightweight
Kazuyuki Numajiri def Liger Narita by TKO, rd 1

#4 – Bantamweight
Satoshi Yamasu def Michihito Abe by Submission, armbar, rd 1

#3 –
Tatsuya Tomozane defeats Kazushi Tsukagoshi by Submission, RNC, rd 2

#2 – Flyweight
Adaniya Tomohiro def Kenji Yamanaka by Unanimous Decision

#1
Shinya Sugiyama def Toshinari Ogawa by Unanimous Decision

 

Ringside photography by Akihito Tatematsu

 

#15 – KING KAZ Retirement Match: Middleweight Championship
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi def Kazuhiro Nakamura

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#14 – Welterweight Championship – Yuta Watanabe def Yuya Shirai

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#13 – Daisuke Nakamura def Yoichi Fukomoto

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#12 – Shigetoshi Iwase def Yukinari Tamura

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#11 – Koichi Ishizuka def Daisuke Endo

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#10 – Juri Ohara def Mateus Irie

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#9 – Seita Katsuki def Hiroki Kishino

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Special Exhibition Match, Takashige Hirukawa’s retirement
Takashige Hirukawa vs Kiyotaka Shimizu

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#8 – Yuki Suzuki def Nao Yoneda

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#7 – Ken Saotome def Fuhito Hasegawa

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#6 – Yuki Ohara def Takeshi Ogane

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#5 – Kazuyuki Numajiri def Liger Narita

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#4 – Satoshi Yamasu def Michihito Abe

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#3 – Tatsuya Tomozane defeats Kazushi Tsukagoshi

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#2 – Adaniya Tomohiro def Kenji Yamanaka

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#1 – Shinya Sugiyama def Toshinari Ogawa

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