Friday, August 26, 2011

DEEP 55 Impact Results & Leftovers

Up until earlier today, the last time we saw Mizuto Hirota in action, he was getting his arm snapped in two by Shinya Aoki, after which Aoki flipped the bird Hirota and the entire audience at Dynamite!!! 2009. But there was no arm-breaking or bird-flipping this go round, as Hirota returned to action at DEEP - 55 Impact today. Hirota dominated Katsunori with effective striking and ring control for three hard rounds en route to a unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Koichiro Matsumoto ended his mixed martial arts career on a high note. The DEEP Featherweight Champion endured a vicious first round press from challenger Tatsunao Nagakura. Matsumoto regained his composure in round two, returning the attack, until Nagakura's corner threw in the towel at the 2:48 mark of the second round.

In other action, Amanda Lucas, daughter of Star Wars George Lucas, took home her second pro MMA win. Lucas cranked Hikaru Shinohara's arm in the closing moments of the first round. Shinohara's corner threw in the towel, officially drawing the stoppage at 4:37 for the technical submission win.

...And no, Amanda Lucas did not walk out to the Star Wars theme song.

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Deep: 55 Impact
August 26, 2011
Korakuen Hall,
Tokyo, Japan

Mizuto Hirota def. Katsunori Kikuno via Unanimous Decision
Koichiro Matsumoto def. Tatsunao Nagakura via TKO (Corner Stoppage) - R2, 2:48
Levan Razmadze def. Kazuhisa Tazawa via Submission (Keylock) - R1, 1:29
Ryuta Sakurai def. Katsuyori Shibata via TKO (Punches) - R2, 3:04
Tatsumitsu Wada def. Daiki Hata via Majority Decision
Ryuta Noji def. Shuji Morikawa via TKO (Corner Stoppage) - R1, 2:56
Motoki Miyazawa def. Yasushi Kitazaki via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) - R2, 3:36
Yuki Niimura def. Shunsuke Inoue via KO (Punch) - R1, 0:27
Makoto Kamaya def. Tomohiko Hori via Majority Decision
Amanda Lucas def. Hikaru Shinohara via Technical Submission (Armbar) - R1, 4:37

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