DEEP bantamweight champion Masakazu Imanari will face DREAM/K-1 vet Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata in a 135-pound non-title affair at DEEP's "50th Impact" on October 24. Imanari has won four straight bouts in DEEP since being eliminated from DREAM's 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix by eventual winner Bibiano Fernandes. Hata withdrew from the same tournament with an eye injury after besting Hideo Tokoro in the opening round, but has since dropped consecutive decisions to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuyuki Miyata. Photo by GBRing.
Imanari and Aoki outside the DEEP school on Wednesday. (Barely visible in the background: Aoki's "love car.") via DREAM blog
From a new interview with Masakazu Imanari on DREAM Official: - Imanari would like to face Joe Warren or Abel Cullum in the next round of DREAM's Featherweight Grand Prix - He was happy with his win over Atsushi Yamamoto, but not his performance; he'll rest more and be healthier for the next round - Says Bibiano Fernandes looked strong in his opening match