Masakazu Imanari will be back fighting for DEEP for the first time in almost year and half.
"Its been a whiles since I fought in the DEEP ring so I am excited."
Imanari told the reporters at the press conference held on Wednesday in Tokyo.
"Recently I've been fighting younger fighters" but this time, PRIDE / DREAM vet will face 43-year old Masahiro "Jackal" Oishi, therefore, Imanari said, "Oishi is a veteran with a lot of experience so I don't want to have any regret in this fight."
This will be a first DEEP appearance for Oishi, and he also attended the press conference, "When I was offered 'Ju-dan' (Imanari) as an opponent I was bit hesitant about this." Oishi continued with reason for accepting this fight, "No one would want to a tough fighter like him so I never even imagine of getting this kind of opportunity. So I am hoping to continue fighting top fighters in DEEP."
Also, Levan Razmadze, current DEEP Mega-Ton (open) weight champion, has decided to relinquish the belt because, "There is no one else to fight in Japan" and according to DEEP, former national judo champion from the country of Georgia is now looking for "A challenge in the world level competition."
DEEP Office Presents
DEEP 59 IMPACT
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiro Maeda (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN) vs. Makoto Oishi (Japan / Freelance)
DJ taiki (Japan / Freelance) vs. Seiji Akao (Japan / NEX Sports)
Yoichi Fukumoto (Japan / Itadaki Jiujitsu) vs. LUIZ (Brazil / Zendo-kai)
SEIGO (Japan / TEAM Tokyo CLUTCH) vs. ATSUSHI (Japan / BLUE DOG GYM)
Ken Hasegawa (Japan / BAD SECURITY) vs. Yamato (Japan / SPIDER)
Doo Ho Choi (Korea / CMA KOREA) vs. Kosuke Umeda (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Yusaku Nakamura (Japan / MMA Studio STYLE) vs.Hirotaka Miyagawa (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Yusuke Kagiyama (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs. Masahito Hisataka (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Headquarters)
Yoshitomo Watanabe (Japan / AACC) vs. Yuta (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Yusaku Tsukumo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Yokohama Dojo) vs. Yuki Okano (Japan / Mach Dojo)
VIP - 15,000 yen / SRS - 10,000 yen / A - 8,000 yen / B - 6,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP blog: The Wild Side of DEEP