It's going to be a big 2 weeks for Asian MMA, as there's about at least 4 notable MMA cards within that time frame.
- DEEP, which is emerging as Japan's top MMA promotion after DREAM ceased operations, hosted DEEP 58 Impact last night. In the headliner, Satoru Kitaoka has rebounded from his NYE loss to Shinya Aoki, by defeating Karate expert Katsunori Kikuno. The night's co-headliner also saw Daisuke Nakamura winning the vacant DEEP Lightweight title by beating Yasuaki Kishimoto by decision.
- Full DEEF 58 results are here, and hopefully videos will follow in the coming days.
- Just announced, ONE FC 4, which will be hosted in Malaysia next week, will be streamed online starting at 8 a.m. ET on June 23rd. The first four bouts of the card will be available for free on YouTube, while the rest of the incredibly stacked card will be on an online PPV stream for $9.99. Here's their official fight card:
ONE Fighting Championship 4: Destiny of Warriors
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jun 23, 2012 -- 8:00 a.m ET
Renato Sobral vs Tatsuya Mizuno
Zorobabel Moreira vs Roger Huerta
Leandro Issa vs Masakazu Imanari
Gregor Gracie vs Adam Kayoom
Bae Young Kwon vs Eric Kelly
Brian Choi vs Arnaud Lepont
Free on YouTube:
Mitch Chilson vs AJ Vaa
Marcos Escobar vs Rodrigo Praxedes
Kim Hock Quek vs Peter Davis
Roldan Sangcha-an vs Allamurad Karayev
More after the jump from two Asian MMA events that will be happening in the next few hours. Follow me on twitter -- @antontabuena
There are two other Asian MMA events which will be happening in the next few hours.
- Road FC 008 will be hosted in Korea, and the card will have Denis Kang, the semifinals of their bantamweight tournament, and yes, Bob Sapp. As far as I know they won't be streaming the event, but hopefully we can get videos in the next few days.
- For a preview of the event, check out MMAMania's in-depth look on the card.
- As for results, the event hasn't started yet, but I think it's safe to say that Bob Sapp will most likely continue his tour of shame, and tap to strikes after an early take down.
- Legend FC 9 from Macau is also starting in a few hours. The card will have Koji Ando vs. Rob Hill, and the semifinals of their bantamweight tournament. The prelims will be shown for free on YouTube so we will have a live discussion post for that. As for the main card, unfortunately that will on PPV.
- For Legend FC weigh-in results and pre-fight interviews, check it out from our friends at mma-in-asia.