Fight Scheduled for December 17th at Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN December 8, 2016 World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) will promote their next event, WSOF-GC 4 DEEP vs GLOBAL on December 17, a co-promoted event with their Japanese affiliate organization, DEEP Fighting Championships, to take place in Tokyo at Differ Ariake Arena.
The feature bout leading into the night’s main event will showcase legendary DEEP and PRIDE veteran, Masakazu Imanari (34-16-2), as he steps into the Global Decagon to face off against highly touted Tatsunao Nagakura (12-5) for the vacant DEEP Featherweight Title.
The 40-year old Imanari, a previous DEEP Featherweight and Bantamweight Champion, has been competing in MMA professionally since 2000. During that time, he has beaten some of the best fighters in the game including submission victories over UFC veterans Nam Phan, Jorge Gurgel, and Mike Brown. Imanari has won 6 of his last 8 matches, all via submission.
Contesting him for the vacant strap will be Nagakura, who began his career with DEEP in 2008 and is riding a 4-fight win streak. This will truly be a match-up of styles as Nagakura has 8 wins by KO/TKO against the 24 submission victories by Imanari.
Fight fans from around the world can watch this bout and the entire 18-fight card, starting LIVE at 9:30pm PST on December 16 for just $9.99 at wsofgc.com. WSOF Global will host WSOF-GC 4 DEEP vs GLOBAL at Differ Ariake Arena on December 17, 2016 at 14:30JST (UTC +9). Tickets start at ¥6500 with VIP seating available for ¥16,000. Tickets are now on sale at http://deep2001.tstar.jp/.
This year WSOF Global has brought together more than 15 MMA promotions on 6 continents for fans under one common banner, including DEEP, which has hosted over 300 events since their inception in 2001. These fights will be making their way into the WSOF Global Fight Library at wsofgc.com, as will future fights available live. There are currently five events online at wsofgc.com, including DEEP 76, DEEP 77, DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2016, DEEP JEWELS 12, and DEEP JEWELS 13. MMA fans can watch all of these fights, as well as those from all other affiliates at WSOFGC.com.
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About DEEP Fighting Championships: Founded in 2001 by the promoter Shigeru Saeki, DEEP Fighting Championships (DEEP FC) is a championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) series dedicated to not just showcasing the top MMA athletes in Asia but also promote the sport with many interesting and experimental approaches - promote both ring and cage events, resurrect the careers of big-name stars, provide athletes from other sports such as kick boxers, sumo wrestlers, pro-wrestlers, and ex-pro baseball players, the opportunity to test their skills in MMA. Also, DEEP implement various rules from North American unified rules, PRIDE rules to Kick Boxing and Shoot Boxing rules.
The operation is based in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, DEEP FC is one of the longest running premier MMA promotions in the world.
In addition to MMA series, DEEP FC also promotes grappling series named DEEP X, kick boxing series named DEEP KICK, and senior fighters' series named DEEP HERO and "Oyaji" DEEP.
DEEP FC is currently broadcasted by Sky Perfect TV / Fighting Network Samurai in Japan, Fight Network in Canada and UK, and recently, inked the deal with Abema TV, an internet TV station created by TV Asahi and Cyber Agent. Abema TV will broadcast all of DEEP FC's "Number Series" events and "Cage Impact Series" event starting from DEEP 76 on June 26th, 2016.