Fight of the Week: Amanda Lucas Wins DEEP Women’s Open-Weight Title

Over the weekend in Japan, Amanda Lucas, daughter of Star Wars' creator George Lucas, became the first-ever winner of DEEP's inaugural women's open-weight title with a third-round submission win over female MMA pioneer Yumiko Hotta. Video of the fight is above.

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The Daily Recap: Mayhem-Dollaway at UFC 146, DEEP 57 Results & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller will apparently be getting another chance in the UFC after all. Miller has revealed that he will face C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146, which is tentatively scheduled for May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Mayhem" returned to the UFC this past December, falling to fellow "TUF 14" coach Michael Bisping via third-round TKO. Dollaway has his last two bouts, stoppages at the hands of Jared Hamman and Mark Munoz respectively. [MMA Weekly]

DEEP lightweight champ Mizuto Hirota made a successful title defense against Seichi Ikemoto in the featured attraction of DEEP's "57 Impact" event in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, winning a three-round unanimous decision. Other notable results from the card saw Kazunori Yokota defeat Hideki Kadowaki by decision, Yoshiro Media submit Takafumi Otsuka in the second round, Daisuke Nakamura hand Akihiro Gono his fifth loss in eight fights and Amanda Lucas announce her cut down to 145 lbs following her submission of Yumiko Hotta. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: Green to Replace Injured Beerbohm, Last-Minute Change to Challengers 17 & More

Bobby Green. Photo by Tracy Lee/

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— King of the Cage lightweight champion Bobby Green has been tapped to replace Lyle Beerbohm against former K-1 Hero's standout Gesias Cavalcante on the undercard of Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Henderson" event on July 30. The reasoning behind Beerbohm's departure from the contest is currently unknown. Green enters the bout fresh off of a unanimous decision win over Dom O'Grady in April. [Strikeforce]

— Heavy hitting striker Lavar Johnson has been forced out of this weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 17 show with an undisclosed injury. Taking his place in a heavyweight bout against IFL veteran Devin Cole will reportedly be former collegiate football player Shawn Jordan, who recently posted a 1-1 mark under the Bellator banner. [MMA Junkie]

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Chonan Victorious in DEEP Homecoming

Ryo Chonan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fresh off of a disappointing effort in the UFC, Ryo Chonan made a successful return to his former home, picking up a unanimous decision over fellow veteran Jutaro Nakao in the main event of DEEP’s “43rd Impact” show on Sunday morning at at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

In the first of two championship fights on the card, grappling specialist Masakazu Imanari retained his DEEP bantamweight title, using a variety of submission attempts to thwart challenger Tomohiko Hori and earn a unanimous decision win.

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More

Stefan Struve. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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Rumor: Fedor-Aoki Grappling Match Added to DEEP M-1 Challenge

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

In a report released today by, top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will take on lightweight Shinya Aoki in a grappling match to be held on April 29th in the 3rd installment of DEEP M-1 Challenge.

While there has yet to be an official announcement and the idea of this match-up could seem a tad unbelievable, this isn’t the first time these two names have been thrown around in a potential fight. There’s no secret that Japanese promotions love to put on fights featuring their biggest stars, at times ignoring size and reason, and Fedor and Aoki are two of the biggest fan-favorites.

Luckily for us it was announced yesterday that this event will be streamed live on Japan-MMA.

Shirai Submits Kim at clubDEEP Tokyo

Yuya Shirai. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

Yuya Shira scored a late submission win over Yoon Young Kim in the main event of DEEP’s “clubDEEP Tokyo: Protect Cup Final” event Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The win was Shira’s third in as many fights.

With the victory, Shira has now earned a spot in DREAM’s welterweight grand prix, which will begin at DREAM.8 on April 5. The former training partner of Ryo Chonan joins Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, and Seichi Ikemoto as confirmed participants for the tournament.

Other bouts announced for the event this past week include Croatian middleweight Zelg Galesic vs. Andrews Nakahara, Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Katsuyori Shibata, and a featherweight grand prix opening-round bout between Hideo Tokoro and Daiki Hata.

Complete results from the event courtesy of

Yuya Shirai def. Yoon Young Kim - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R3
Tomohiko Hori def. Seiji Akao - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R2
Shota Utsunomiya def. Satoshi Inaba - Unanimous Decision
Tetsuya Yoshioka vs. Ryoji Suzuki - Draw
Hiryu Okamoto def. Ryosuke Komori - Unanimous Decision
Andrew Belyea def. Yasuaki Kishimoto - Majority Decision
Mateus Irie Nechio def. Noboru Onishi - KO (Punch), R1
Hiroki Hiroki def. Tatsuhiko Nishizaka - KO (Punch), R1
Shunji Kosaka def. Mamoru Nakamura - KO (Punch), R1
Yasushi Kitazaki def. Sen Nakadai - Submission (Armbar), R2
Tomohiko Hori def. Isao Terada - Unanimous Decision

Fight of the Day: Mike Brown vs Takeshi Yamazaki

From DEEP’s “21st Impact” event in October 2005, here’s Mike Thomas Brown vs Takeshi Yamazaki. Round one is above and rounds two and three are after the jump.

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Fighters on the Move: Herman, Russow, Mishima & More

Dave Herman. Photo by Esther Lin/

More details are coming out regarding a potential deal struck between promotional newcomer Bellator Fighting Championships and ESPN Deportes to produce a reality show that could air starting in April of next year. In turn, so is a list of fighters that may be involved with the show as well.

According to MMA Junkie, former EliteXC employees Hector Lombard and Dave Herman have both reportedly been sent offers from Bellator regarding their possible inclusion on the show. However talks are only in the preliminary stages.

Japanese-based World Victory Road has also indicated that they would like to use Herman on their “Sengoku VII” show in January. Two fighters that have competed overseas in the past year - Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal - round out the list of approached fighters known at this time.

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Imanari Submits Umemura to Win DEEP Title

Masakazu Imanari. From DiBach70 on Flickr.

Masakazu Imanari added yet another DEEP world title to his resume as the former featherweight champion submitted Hiroshi Umemura in less than 30 seconds at DEEP’s “37th Impact” show on Sunday to become the organization’s first-ever bantamweight champion.

Imanari missed a body kick to start things off, allowing Umemura to set himself again before pressing forward. Imanari then moved towards him with a baseball slide on the ground before transitioning into a deep heel hook that forced Umemura to tap.

Miku Matsumoto made a successful defense of her DEEP 106 lb. title with a second-round knockout of longtime rival Misaki Takimoto. Also victorious was EliteXC veteran Riki Fukuda, who led Team DEEP over Team Wajutsu Keishukai with his unanimous decision over Hiroki Ozaki.

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