DEEP began a tournament today to crown their first Light Heavyweight Champion, but there's also big news out of the show, and from a fan standpoint it's not good. Results from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:
Hiroyuki Kobayashi beat Takahiro Masuda by TKO at 3:15 of round 1.
Yuta Watanabe beat Yasushi Kitazaki by unanimous decision.
Yoshiki Harada beat Takashige Hirukawa by TKO at 2:33 of round 1.
Isao Terada beat Hiroshi Nakamura by KO at 1:11 of round 1.
Shigetoshi Iwase beat Eiji Ishikawa by submission (anaconda choke) at 2:07 of round 1.
Taisuke Okuno beat Hidehiko Hasegawa by TKO at 4:09 of round 1.
Yoshihiro Tomioka beat Toshiaki Kitada by majority decision.
DEEP Light Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round:
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi beat Tomoaki Hata by submissioN (armlock) at 4:30 of round 1.
Christian M’Pumbu beat Yuji Sakuragi by TKO at 2:29 of round 1.
Shunsuke Inoue beat Minoru Kato by unanimous decision (5 judges).
Ryuta Noji beat Katsuhisa Fujii by TKO at 3:18 of round 1.
DEEP Middleweight Champion Riki Fukuda beat Hiromitsu Kanehara by unanimous decision in a NON-TITLE match.
DEEP Featherweight Champion Takafumi Otsuka beat Takeshi Yamazaki by unanimous decision in a NON-TITLE match.
Now for the big news: An "important fighter" was going to announce their retirement today and that happened...sadly for the women's MMA fans, that important fighter is DEEP Women's Lightweight Champion Miku Matsumoto. No word on date but she reportedly wants an exhibition match before she retires. Miku is 28 and if this is it, she retires with a 23-4 record and a 12-fight winning streak. Her last fight was in October '09.
The LHW Tournament is to conclude on 4/17. The winner becomes the first DEEP Light Heavyweight Champion and could gain entry into the DREAM Light Heavyweight GP starting in May.