Having suffered the first defeat of their entire career at RIZIN 15 earlier this year, Koji Takeda hopes to return to winning ways next month. He will make a lightweight title defense against Juri Ohara, scheduled for Deep 92 Impact on 22 October.
Takeda (8-1) won the title by beating Satoru Kitaoka at Deep 86 Impact last year. The 24 fighter was rewarded with a contract with RIZIN but lost his unbeaten record to Damien Brown (by decision of the judges).
In turn, Juri Ohara (25-16-3) is significantly more experienced. The two already fought at Deep 85 Impact in August last year and Takeda won the victory by unanimous decision on that occasion.
A pro since 2009, Ohara has fought 40 times for the Deep Impact franchise. This means that for the past decade, Ohara has been at work in one of Japan's most prolific organizations - almost exclusively. He also had some prominent fights at Grachan, Pancrase, ROAD Fighting Championship and Vale Tudo Japan.
We'll also have it in action on the Korakuen Hall card, UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa (18-14-1). He was hired to face Akihiko Mori (10-8-1) in a featherweight class fight.
Already Tatsuya Mizuno (21-12-1), current middleweight champion Deep Impact will be competing in a fight for the lightweight category, which will not be valid for a title match. The 38 fighter has won six consecutive Deep Impact fights and will fight Ryo Sakai (8-9).
As previously announced, Takahiro Ashida will face Tatsunao Nagakura in a featherweight fight, while Kosuke Suzuki and Chikara Shimabukuro will face off in the flyweight division.
It's worth remembering that Deep-Jewels 26 (show dedicated exclusively to female MMA) is also confirmed for the same venue the night before.
Deep 92 Impact
22 October 2019
Koji Takeda (c) vs. Juri Ohara (Light Weight)
Takahiro Ashida vs. Tatsunao Nagakura (Featherweight)
Kosuke Suzuki vs. Chikara Shimabukuro (Fly Weight)
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Akihiko Mori (Featherweight)
Tatsuya Mizuno Ryo Sakai (Light Weight)
Kosuke Terashima vs. Shunichi Shimizu (Rooster Weight)
Ryota Oki vs. Kosuke Sugimura (Light Weight)
Koichi Ishizuka vs. Chihaya Yoneyama (Rooster Weight)
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 04 / 10 / 2019
Oriosvaldo Costa “Mr. Kung Fu". Sports chronicler, passionate about martial arts. Practice Kung Fu since 1990, and compete in MMA since 1998. 7 Fights: 3 Wins, 3 Defeats, 1 No Contest.