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.

Complete results from the event:

Kenta Takagi def. Makoto Kawawa - TKO (Strikes)
Muneyuki Sato def. Yuya Osugi - TKO (Strikes)
Tomohiro Ishii def. Teppei Hori - TKO (Strikes)
Evgeny Maximkin def. Jun Soo Lim - Submission (Achilles Lock)
Shinobu Miura vs. Luiz Andrade - Draw
Yasuhito Namekawa def. Claudio Silva - Submission (Armbar)
Ryuta Sakurai def. Kozo Urita - Submission (Armbar)
Jong Man Kim vs. Daiki Hata - Draw
Yusaku Tsukkumo def. Yasushi Kitazaki - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Koichiro Matsumoto def. Seigo Inoue - TKO (Strikes)
Eiji Ishikawa def. Kousei Kubota - TKO (Strikes)
Katsunori Kikuno def. Yoshihiro Tomioka - TKO (Strikes)
Riki Fukuda def. Hiroki Ozaki - Unanimous Decision
Miku Matsumoto def. Misaki Takimoto - TKO (Strikes)
Masakazu Imanari def. Hiroshi Umemura - Submission (Heel Hook)

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