The Endless Fighter! Bringing The Belt Home
DREAM fighter Mitsuhiro Ishida will face Gilbert Melendez for the second time on August 15th at Strikeforce in America. On the 10th he talked with the official website of DREAM about the fight. Below is a quick summary of the interview.
Ishida has trained for a while with the feeling of “it would be good if I could fight in August or September”. Of course, the preparations for this fight aren’t the same compared to usual because of being brought in late. But he feels that this fight isn’t a minus for him.
Talking about his last appearance in Strikeforce, Ishida says the he will fight in a venue with a different atmosphere this time compared to then. He was happy when people clapped for him and there was no booing last time. However, this time he’s quite sure that he will hear some booing since he is in the hometown of Melendez. Being there is something good he thinks, since Melendez went through the same thing in their last fight.
Ishida had a feeling that he was going to rematch Melendez after their first fight ended. He doesn’t like rematches but since a belt is on the line this time and because of his feeling that there was going to be a second fight after the first, it’s a little different.
Ishida thinks that the last fight became a difficult one and since this one is 25 minutes long, he thinks that it will be equally difficult if it drags on. He also thinks that this fight has the potential to develop differently than last time because of the different rules in America compared to Yarennoka! and DREAM.
About their last fight, Ishida thought after round 1 that he and Melendez were mutually tired but when Melendez came out fresher in the second, he was surprised. It’s that tenacity, Ishida says, the tenacity to win which to him is the most frightening thing.
Ishida would be lying if he said that he doesn’t think about becoming the interim champion by winning the fight, but before that he has to bring down a beast called Melendez. After leaving behind a good result, the reward is the belt.
Ishida wants to win the belt, bring it to a DREAM event, and greet everyone in the ring with it. This for the fans at the fan event of DREAM.10 who cheered him on, greeted him, and made him feel happy after his loss to Mizuto Hirota in Shooto.
Ishida was interviewed by MMA FanHouse a few days ago as well. Also on the Strikeforce card, Gegard Mousasi will face Renato “Babalu” Sobral for the Light Heavyweight title and DREAM.10 participant Jesse Taylor will face Jay Hieron. SENGOKU’s King Mo will also fight in America when he takes on Mark Kerr at an M-1 Global event at the end of August.