On Saturday, March 18, DEEP visited the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan for DEEP 78 Impact: Welterweight GP 2nd Round.
In the second round of the eight-man welterweight grand prix, former DEEP Megaton champion Ken Hasegawa took on Japan’s Yoshiyuki “Nagisa” Katahira and former DEEP title challenger Taisuke Okuno fought Trinity Sun’s product Ryuichiro Sumimura.
In the rest of the evening’s action, former two-division DEEP champion Masakazu Imanari faced longtime DEEP veteran Juri Ohara, former top-10 strawweight Hiroyuki Abe met 22-year-old Yutaro Muramoto, and undefeated prospect Naoki Inoue took on Toushin Dojo’s Tomohiro Adaniya.
The event aired live at 5 a.m. ET on The MMA World Cup.
Ken Hasegawa def. Yoshiyuki Katahira by TKO. Round 1, 4:13
Ryuichiro Sumimura def. Taisuke Okuno by unanimous decision
Yoichiro Sato def. Ryuta Sakurai by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 1:22
Masakazu Imanari def. Juri Ohara by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 0:23
Hiroto Uesako def. Guy DeLumeau by TKO. Round 2, 0:23
Naoki Inoue def. Tomohiro Adaniya by unanimous decision
Hiroyuki Abe vs. Yutaro Muramoto ruled a draw
Takuya Oyama def. Takahiro Suzuki by TKO. Round 1, 1:39
Yuki Takano def. Chiaki Wakana by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:23
Toshinari Ogawa def. Hirotaka Miyakawa by TKO. Round 1, 0:49
Chikara Shimabukuro def. Takuya Maeda by unanimous decision
Satoshi Yamasu def. Ryuji Takashio by submission (sentaku basami). Round 1, 3:57