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.