YUKI MOTOYA TO DEFEND FLYWEIGHT TITLE AT DEEP 73.

Yuki Motoya will make the first defence of the flyweight title he won a year ago when he faces Sota Kojima at Deep 73. Their fight will be the main event of a card which is set for the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on 17 October.

Motoya (14-4) is riding a six fight winning streak and has finished his last four opponents. The first time he fought for the Deep 125 lbs belt was in 2013, dropping a majority decision to Tatsumitsu Wada who he would go on to submit in a title rematch the following year.

Kojima (18-5-4) trains under UFC veteran Yoshiyuka Yoshida and has prevailed over his last five opponents to earn a shot at what would be the first title of his career. He only won three of his first five fights but has tasted defeat just once in his last 17 outings.

Two more fights have been confirmed for the card at the time of writing with Juri Ohara (16-10-2) set to do battle with Hiroto Useaka (10-5) in a featherweight matchup and bantamweights Yuki Takano (4-2) and Michito Abe (12-5) booked to face off.

Useaka was initially announced as being a cast member on the UFC’s ‘Road to Japan’ reality show but he pulled out with an injury. His last competitive matchup was at Deep 71 in February and the 28 year old will be looking to bounce back from his injury disappointment and extend a fine run of recent form which has seen him win nine out of his last ten fights.