Ryuta Sakurai is a Japanese mixed martial artist competing in the middlweight division. Sakurai was a former DEEP Middleweight Champion, having defeated former champion Ryuki Ueyama at DEEP - 17th Impact by TKO in the first round. However, Sakurai would lose the title in his first defense against Ryo Chonan at DEEP - 23 Impact in the first round due to a cut. Years later he would fight for the title again at DEEP - 40 Impact in a rematch against rival Riki Fukuda. Sakurai would come up short again against Fukuda, this time losing via TKO in the first round.