After losing to Michael McDonald in UFC 195 Masanori Kanehara did mention about retiring more than few times.
Kanehara opened his own gym back in May 2014 so he could have just concentrate on running the business. But at age 33, apparently, Kanehara still feels he has something left to do in the cage.
That’s why, after ten months of thinking and wondering, Kanehara finally decided to fight again.
In DEEP CAGE Impact on December 17th, Kanehara is going to fight Roman Alvarez from Guam. Kanehara released following comment through DEEP office, “I want to be on the first fight of the event because I am starting from the step one I am not sure how many more fights I can do but please look at me going through a futile struggle.”
Alavarez is a 22 years old with the pro MMA record of 7-1. He has been booked through Guam-based promotion PXC. Alvarez is from Guam so he has been fighting mostly in PXC or Saipan-based promotion like Trench Warz. Which means, its not like he has been facing the top competitions. Without a doubt, Kanehara is going to be the toughest opponent in his career.
DEEP CAGE IMPACT 2016 ~ DEEP VS WSOF-GC ~
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open -14:00
Fight Starts – 14:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change);
WSOF-GC Bantamweight Championship Bout 5 min / 5R
Takafumi Otsuka (Japan / Independent) vs Fernando Vieira (Brazil / Evalucao Thai)
WSOF-GC Flyweight Championship Bout 5 min / 5R
Yusaku Nakamura (Japan / Team Alpha Male Japan) vs Lawrence DiGuilio (USA / Gilbert Grappling)
Welterweight GP First Round bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida (Japan / Haleo Top Team) vs Yoshiyuki “Nagisa” Katahira (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama)
Masanori Kanehara (Japan / Reversal Gym Tachikawa ALPHA) vs Roman Alvarez (USA / Trench Tech – Spike 22)
Toshiaki Kitada (Japan / Paraestra Chiba) vs Koichi Ishizuka (Japan / ALIVE)
Haruo Ochi (Japan / Paraestra Ehime) vs Yutaro Muramoto (Japan / ALIVE)
Makoto Kamaya (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Jae Eun Byeon (Korea / CMA KOREA)
Shigetoshi Iwase (Japan / T-BLOOD) vs Kimihiro Eto (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai HEARTS)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of DEEP FC facebook –