Juri Ohara successfully defended his lightweight title in the main event of Deep 108 yesterday. He needed less than a round to finish outmatched challenger Yuma Ishizuka with a soccer kick.
Ishizuka earned his title shot by scoring back to back Deep wins. But he came into this title fight having lost a lot more fights than he had won.
By contrast Ohara has won seven in a row with three of those victories coming on Rizin cards. The 32 year old is a veteran of over 50 fights and one of the most experienced, and successful, lightweights in Japan.
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Difference in calibre
The difference in calibre between the two lightweights was stark and the fight at the Tokyo Dome City Hall lasted just 78 seconds. A right hand from Ohara rocked Ishizuka and the challenger might never have recovered.
We will never known just how much damage the punch did because Ohara followed up with a soccer kick to the head of his stunned opponent. Ishizuka was left unconscious on the canvass as the champion extended his winning streak to eight.
Ohara’s record improves to 31-17-3-1 and he retains the Deep lightweight champion. He might find more suitable opposition fighting for Rizin while his opponent drops to 7-11.
— 大原樹理 (@juri_rmm) July 11, 2022
Best of the rest
The co-main event also featured a veteran lightweight but in a much more competitive fight. Satoru Kitaoka (41-24-9) came very close to snapping a losing streak that dates all the way back to 2018 but wound up losing to Hiroto Uesako (16-10) by split decision.
In the featherweight division Daisuke Nakamura (33-22-1) handed up and coming prospect Yuta Sato (9-1) the first defeat of his career. The 42 year old prevailed against an undefeated opponent who was making his promotional debut.