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 Sherdog.com:
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