It’s safe to say Satoshi Yamasu is on a tear.
After claiming the DEEP featherweight belt in spectacular style last October, the Japanese veteran turned in an equally impressive performance on Sunday, knocking out Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata in the main event of Deep 89 Impact.
But it was no walk in the park. The pair set a hectic pace early into the three round title bout, exchanging heavy hands from the opening bell.
Less than a minute into proceedings, Hata landed a low blow that floored Yamasu for a good few minutes. The champ rebounded and went on to deliver some punishment of his own.
Seconds before the first round finished, Hata sent Yamasu to the canvass with a big blow and immediately jumped in to finish the fight, but time was not on his side.
As the second round kicked, both men stepped on the gas and went hell for leather, trading wild shots and it was just a matter of time before someone dropped.
The win improves Yamasu’s record to 11-4 and an eight-fight win streak that includes five first round knockouts.
In the co-main event PXC bantamweight champion Trevin Jones secured a big win over Takafumi Otsuka, while Rizin veteran Yamato Fujita got a win over Kozo Moriwaki.
Further down the card and former UFC bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki (23-13-2) returned to earn a unanimous decision win over Shoji Maruyama.
The sole female fight saw DEEP Jewels atomweight Mizuki Furuse defeat newcomer Tomoko Shibata.