DEEP 67 Impact adds K-Taro vs Kei Yamamiya for Kenji Osawa’s Retirement event

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K-Taro versus Kei Yamamaiya
K-Taro versus Kei Yamamaiya

DEEP 67 Impact will take place on June 22 in in Tokyo, Japan. The main event will be Yoshiro Maeda versus Yuki Motoya, K-Taro versus Kei Yamamiya rounds out the card.

HEARTS Founder Kenji Osawa will be having his retirement exhibition match and ceremony at this event. Osawa has been a decade in the sport. The Shooto fighter moved on to WEC and the DREAM tournaments, competing against some of the best of his generation.

At the top of the card, Yoshiro Maeda will have another chance to pull himself back into winning ways since his last mark in that column two years ago. Versus young gun Yuki Motoya, it might just be an uphill battle. Whiel Maeda was plying his strengths against Bibiano and Mamoru, Motoya was coming into his own again after losing the inaugural Flyweight belt to Tatsumitsu Wada. Motoya put on excellent performances against both King of Pancrase Kiyotaka Shimizu and king of leg locks Masakazu Imanari.

Imanari is back against Haruo Ochi, who has been at the top of the mix against Wada, Shimizu, and Ryuichi Miki. It looks like this fight will take place at bantamweight.

Heavy handed and fast paced Tatsunao Nagakura will take on submission fighter Lee Hyung-Seok. Both fighters have rarely heard the final bell ring, so look for a clash of styles early.

Grappling wizard K-Taro is back to face warhorse Kei Yamamiya. K-Taro’s overseas debut in PXC saw him drop a decision to a maturing Frank Camacho. Kei keeps saying he’ll retire, but takes one more fight. This will be a tough one for him.

DEEP has stated the intention to stream more events live. Hopefully this well be the case for the talent-packed card. We will continue to update.

DEEP 67 Impact
June 22, 2014
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

■大沢ケンジ引退式 &エキシビジョン Kenji Osawa’s Retirement Exhibition Match
大沢ケンジ (和術慧舟會HEARTS) Kenjo Osawa
※対戦相手調整中 To be announced

Yoshiro Maeda (30-14-5) 前田吉朗 (パンクラス大阪稲垣組)
Yuki Motoya (10-4) 元谷友貴 (CB IMPACT)

Masakazu Imanari (27-12-2) 今成正和 (Team-ROKEN)
Haruo Ochi (10-4-1) 越智晴雄 (パラエストラ愛媛)

Tatsunao Nagakura (9-5) 長倉立尚 (吉田道場)
Hyung-Seok Lee (10-7) イ・ヒョンソク (Team Pohang BD BJJ )

Keita ‘K-Taro’ Nakamura (26-6-2) 中村K太郎 (K太郎道場)
Keiichiro Yamamiya (45-32-10) KEI山宮 (GRABAKA)

Shigetoshi Iwase (12-16-4) 岩瀬茂俊 (T-BLOOD)
Juri Ohara (13-6-2) 大原樹里 (KIBAマーシャルアーツクラブ)

Seita Katsuki (6-1) 勝木星太 (蒼天塾横浜)
Yusaku Fujisawa (9-5-1) 藤澤優作 (禅道会)

Hideki Kiyota (6-4-3) 清田秀樹 (キングダムエルガイツ)
Tatsuyuki Nakamura (4-7-3) 中村龍之 (IMPACT GYM)

オープンングファイト
Masamichi Ueta (1-0) 上田雅道 (K太郎道場)
omoharu ‘Haruto’ Toda (5-13-3) 戸田先輩 (U-SPIRIT JAPAN 町田)
※戸田智春より改名

Kanho Ryu (3-1) 劉官保 (IMPACT GYM)
Takahiro Kato (3-2) 加藤貴大 (Brave)

Yuki Takahashi (2-2-1) 高橋祐樹 (和術慧舟會横浜道場)
Akihiro Ogawa (0-0) 小川顕広 (CAVE)