Yuki Motoya scored an emphatic win in the main event at Deep 116 on Saturday. His bantamweight fight with Kosuke Terashima headlined the card at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Motoya was last seen losing to Kai Asakura at Rizin 42, a defeat which snapped his five fight winning streak. Meanwhile Terashima had also won five out of his last six and was coming off of a submission win over Rikiya Matsuzawa at Deep 113.
Motoya was instigator in the early stages and delivered a right calf kick to his opponent as he closed the distance. Terashima evaded a left hook from Motoya and engaged in a single-leg grapple.
Demonstrating pushed Motoya into the cage before swiftly moving away while landing effective shots with his right hand. Terashima landed a front kick but the former Deep flyweight and bantamweight champion retaliated with punches, unleashing a left jab and a straight cross.
Motoya brought Terashima down with a well-placed swing of the right, pressed him into the cage with a series of punches, and executed a body lock to take him to the ground. While in half guard he continued to land punches while frustrating his opponent’s attempts to sweep.
Terashima was looking to secure a guillotine from the bottom but Motoya was too slick to let him lock in the submission. The first round ended with the Rizin veteran in top position.
In the second they exchanged low blows before Terashima uncorked a left jab and a kick. Motoya immediately took the fight to the ground with a well-executed double leg.
Securing Terashima’s left leg with his own, Motoya prevented him from standing up and once again brought him to the ground. From this position he delivered some solid looking punches from behind and secured a figure-four hook.
Motoya maintained control, stretching his opponent’s body and seizing his right arm. From there he fired off some relentless hammer fists which broke Terashima’s resistance and forced the referee to step in and save him.
The finish came at the 4:09 mark and sees Motoya move up to 34-11 while his opponent drops to 20-19-5. He is hoping for a quick turnaround and told the watching Nobuyuki Sakakibara that he wanted to compete at Rizin 45 on New Year’s Eve.
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