A busy weekend of Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) got underway in Tokyo last Friday night (April 26, 2013) with Deep 62, which saw no fewer than three titles change hands. In the main event, Satoru Kitaoka became the new lightweight champion courtesy of a hard fought decision victory over Daisuke Nakamura.
In the co-main event, Daiki Hata defeated Yoshiro Maeda by second round technical knockout (TKO). It was the third time these two fighters had met with Hata staking his second win over Maeda and claiming his Deep bantamweight belt in the process.
The third title fight on the card was between Dan Hornbuckle and Yuya Shirai with the American Bellator veteran becoming the new Deep welterweight champion courtesy of a unanimous decision win over the Japanese fighter who surrendered the belt he had held since 2010.
On Saturday night, two titles were on the line at URCC 23 in Manila with Dave Galera (pictured) and Red Romero doing battle for the vacant bantamweight belt and Will Chope and Andrew Benibe facing off for an interim version of the featherweight title.
Chope is the world's tallest featherweight, standing 6'4" tall, and is extremely adept at using his long arms to sink in submissions as Benibe discovered to his cost when, after surviving an earlier guillotine choke, he was caught by a rear naked choke midway through the opening round.
In the main event, Team Lakay was looking to claim its fifth URCC title, to go with the ones currently held by Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon and Rey Docyogen, when Dave Galera challenged Red Romero for the vacant 139-pound belt.
The first round was very even with both enjoying periods of superiority but from the second stanza onwards Romero has no answer for Galera's superior grappling. The Team Lakay standout took him down and kept him down and the finish came early in the third round after a barrage of ground and pound.
On Saturday night in Kuala Lumpur, Legend FC 11 took place and the promotion's first outing in almost a year was marred by a serious injury to defending lightweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag. The Mongolian reportedly suffered a compound leg fracture which, at the age of 37, could potentially be career ending.
His title defense was waived off early in the third round making Koji Ando the new lightweight champion.
There were also two vacant belts on the line and Jingliang Li won the welterweight strap by submitting Luke Jumeau with a guillotine choke while Xian Ji overcame Augustin Delarmino with an opening round armbar to take home the bantamweight belt.