Imanari Challenges for DEEP Title on Sunday


Masakazu Imanari. From DiBach70 on Flickr.

Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari will drop down to the bantamweight division to challenge Hiroshi Umemura for DEEP’s vacant bantamweight title this Sunday at the organization’s “37th Impact” event, which takes place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The fight will be Imanari’s first since losing his DEEP featherweight title to UFC veteran Dokonjonosuke Mishima via majority decision back in May. It was Imanari’s second career loss to Mishima and his first defeat since dropping a decision to Fredson Paixao in August of 2006.

Umemura brings an eight-fight winning streak into the bout. He last submitted Kunihiro Watanabe with a rear naked choke at a DEEP event in June. Umemura has struggled against top competition throughout the course of his career. He owns losses to WEC veterans Kenji Osawa and Yoshiro Maeda among others.

The card will also feature a female lightweight title bout between Miku Matsumoto and Misaki Takimoto as well as EliteXC veteran Riki Fukuda going up against Hiroki Ozaki.

The complete card for the event:

Masakazu Imanari vs. Hiroshi Umemura
Miku Matsumoto vs. Misaki Takimoto
Riki Fukuda vs. Hiroki Ozaki
Daiki Hata vs. Jong Man Kim
Ryuta Sakurai vs. Kozo Urita
Eiji Ishikawa vs. Kousei Kobuta
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Claudio Silva
Yasushi Kitazaki vs. Yusaki Tsukumo
Luiz Luiz vs. Shinobu Miura
Yoshihiro Tomioka vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Koichiro Matsumoto vs. Seigo Inoue
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Teppei Hori
Muneyuki Kawawa vs. Kenta Takagi

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