Ishii In Las Vegas! Convinced Of Growth

An American Ishii at Xtreme Couture article has been written and posted at the Cagewriter Yahoo! blog.

Zach Conley is just beginning to try his hand at mixed martial arts. The former Idaho State linebacker works out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. With top notch instructors like Shawn Tompkins running the place, it’s a great opportunity. But there is a downside. You may have to roll with someone that’s a bit out of your league. Conley is just 1-0 as an amateur but in a 20 minute span he found himself being dumped on his head by 2008 Olympic Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii

After rolling with Ishii, Conley, trying to cover up that he’d just been smoked, said “man, that guy’s pretty good at Judo.” Gym veterans laughed as they told him
“that guy” just won the gold medal.

“I had no idea, it was a rude awakening,” Conley told Cagewriter. “That guy’s got crazy judo, I got my ass tossed all over the place. I was a state champ wrestler (in Idaho) and he tossed me like I was my little sister.”

He speaks little English but is getting along just fine. K-1 veteran Ray Sefo often serves as a translator. Believe it or not, the only guy at the gym late on Wednesday who could communicate with Ishii, was the very eloquent “New York Bad Ass”, Phil Baroni.

Read the whole article here.

I think this was his first training day since coming to Vegas. Since then it seems to have gone even better…

Ishii made a post on his blog yesterday writing that he was satisfied with training that day. Because he is convinced that he has grown, he wants a fight. He ends with: “Boss, I’m waiting for a notification”.

  1. kawa's boy toy
    July 3, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I wish Ishii well, but out-Judoing a relative n00b isn’t going to impress a lot of ppl.

  2. July 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

    They grappled. It wasn’t a judo match, and it seems like he couldn’t impose his wrestling much at all. Of course that’s how it probably should be with a Judo gold medalist.

    Plus, Ishii departed from Japan on the 29th, and this was on the 30th.

  3. ShootJunkie
    July 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I’m just waiting for a report on his striking. Last time I saw it, yikes! Good to know he’s feeling more comfortable with himself though.

  4. whommmmev
    July 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Not sure Sengoku could make any money off of an Ishii debut at Sengoku 9. They’re probably waiting for a television deal before they allow him to fight.

  5. kurva mater
    July 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    >was the very eloquent “New York Bad Ass”, Phil Baroni.

    This made me LOTF but it makes perfect sense.
    Most people dont understand Baroni’s engrish here.

    Maybe Phil could have a career doing Shakespeare in Japan.

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