On Saturday, Sept. 16, DEEP returned to the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, for DEEP 79 Impact.
In the evening’s main event, DEEP’s first strawweight champion Kanta “Kang” Sato looked to make the first defense of his title against long-time DEEP and Shooto veteran Haruo Ochi. In the first meeting, Sato beat Ochi by split decision in the semifinals of the strawweight championship tournament at DEEP 76 Impact in June 2016.
In the night’s co-main event, top RIZIN flyweight and former DEEP champion Tatsumitsu Wada fought the always exciting Kosuke “Rambo” Suzuki. Wada, 28, had won six straight prior including a victory over The Ultimate Fighter 24 alumni Kai Kara-France.
Elsewhere on the card, Rizin women’s MMA stars Reina Miura and Kanako Murata took on Young Ji Kim and Yukari Nabe, respectively.
Haruo Ochi def. Kanta Sato by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2 – for strawweight title
Tatsumitsu Wada def. Kosuke Suzui by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2
Takahiro Ashida def. Daiki Hata by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Genpei Hayashi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Reina Miura def. Young Ji Kim by submission (armbar). Round 1
Emi Fujino def. Hyun Joo Baek by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1
Kanako Murata def. Yukari Nabe by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Yoichiro Sato def. Yoshiyuki Katahira by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3
Kosuke Terashima def. Takahumi Ono by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1
Takuya Oyama def. Kuma Goroshi Narita by submission (armbar). Round 1
Ken Hamamura def. Yasuaki Miura by TKO (ground and pound). Round 2
Chiaki Wakana def. Hiroyuki Kobayashi by knockout (right uppercut). Round 1
Chikara Shimabukuro vs. Haruki Nakayama ends in no contest (accidental cut)
Makoto Takahashi def. Yuto Nakamori by majority decision (20-18, 19-19, 20-18)
Takahiro Kawanaka def. Teruhiko Kubo by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1
Ryan Shiba vs. Munetaka Ogawa ends in no contest (low blow)
Yoshihiko Shinzato def. Kaiji Hasegawa by TKO (ground and pound). Round 2
Yusuke Matsubaya def. Abiimakuwau Kimura by unanimous decision (20-18 x3)
Kentaro Usui def. Takuya Hasegawa by unanimous decision (20-18 x3)