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Big News! Satoshi Ishii Most Likely To MMA

A couple of days ago Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Beijing 2008 gold medalist in Judo (+100 kg division) Satoshi Ishii will make his MMA debut on NYE. Yesterday at the Judo World Team Championships, Ishii denied this. However, today, All-Japan Judo Federation’s Kazuo Yoshimura told the media that Ishii told him yesterday night (after denying it) that he wants to enter MMA.

Here are some of the Japanese newspapers and sites reporting this:


This has also been reported on an American site.

Ishii will be interviewed at 10 a.m. (Japanese time) tomorrow on a sports news show.

We should be excited about this because Ishii is only 21 years old, he just won the Olympics, he is a BJJ brown belt, and for some other interesting reasons discussed here.

  1. October 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    With DREAM on the verge of going down, i dont think its a good idea.
    I understand the need for japanese MMA to have its own stars that could carry an organisation but it takes a certain charisma. Does Ishii have it? If this was 2005-6, I would have said heck yeah. in late 2008? not so sure.

  2. midoir
    October 7, 2008 at 6:37 am

    bjj brown belt?? suprised!!! under who?

  3. October 7, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I think he trains under a Rickson Gracie black belt at axis-bjj, don’t know who though. Quite impressive to have won the Olympics and being a BJJ brown belt at only 21 years of age. He also trains/trained wrestling. There are some stories out there on ppl who have met him and rolled with him.

    I read that an Australian wrestler posted on the underground forum about Ishii coming to wrestling practice and grappling with him at the university. If anyone can search inside posts on the underground please help out with a link.

  1. October 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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