On Saturday, July 15, DEEP returns to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan for DEEP Cage Impact 2017.

In the main event, former DEEP megaton champion Ken Hasegawa clashed with Ryuichiro Sumimura in the finals of the DEEP eight-man welterweight tournament. Hasegawa vacated his title following a 2014 defeat of Pride FC and UFC veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura in an attempt to drop weight divisions. Hasegawa had since won five of his past six bouts across the light heavyweight, middleweight, and now the welterweight division. Hasegawa bested Yoichiro Sato by decision and knocked out Yoshiyuki Katahira on his path to the finals. Sumimura submitted Yuta Watanabe and defeated Taisuke Okuno to earn his spot in the final.

In the night’s main card action, 2015 DEEP Future King tournament winner Taito Kubota put his undefeated record on the line against Wajutsu Keishukai HEARTS’s Yuki Takano and women’s MMA pioneer Satoko Shinashi took on Smackgirl vet Chiaki Ota.

The event aired live at 5 a.m. ET on DEEP’s streaming service.

Ryuichiro Sumimura def. Ken Hasegawa by TKO (referee stoppage).
Round 1, 3:48 -welterweight title
Hiroto Uesako def. Koichi Ishizuka by TKO. Round 3, 2:29 -featherweight title
Roque Martinez def. Jaideep Singh by unanimous decision -openweight title
Kimihiro Eto def. Seok Chan Jung by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 2:59
Satoko Shinashi def. Chiaki Ota by TKO (ground and pound). Round 1, 1:36
Taito Kubota def. Yuki Takano by unanimous decision
Kota Ishibashi def. Satoshi Date by unanimous decision
Namiki Kawahara def. Yutaro Muramoto by TKO (knee and punches). Round 2, 1:42
Rikuto Shirakawa def. Toshinari Ogawa by decision

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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