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Teddy Riner! Hunting For Ishii (Updated)

According to Japanese paper Tokyo Sports French Judoka Teddy Riner said that after the London Olympics, he wants to settle things with Satoshi Ishii.

Riner won gold in the 2007 European Championships, gold in the 2007 & 2009 World Championships, and bronze in Beijing 2008. All of these titles, and his date of birth is April 7th, 1989. He won the World Championships as an 18 year old and took bronze in Beijing as a 19 year old. He is 204 cm tall.

In Beijing, a dream final between him and Satoshi Ishii was hyped beforehand but Riner lost a close match in the quarterfinals. He did go on to win bronze however.

When Ishii was brought up in the Tokyo Sports interview Riner suddenly had a serious look on his face. “I want to fight him again”. About punches, Riner says no problem. He got into a lot of fights in his childhood.

Ishii was happy to hear this. “I love Riner. When he came to Japan and was asked if Kosei Inoue is his rival, he said “my rival is Satoshi Ishii”. I want to say thanks to him.”

What Riner means with wanting to fight Ishii again above (I don’t think they’ve faced each other in an official match yet) is that when the French team visited Japan they went to Kokushikan University’s dojo (Ishii’s university) where Ishii and Riner had practice matches many times over.

“Tell him that I’ll be waiting in the MMA ring.” – Ishii

This fight could be promoted in a lot of different ways. Their rivalry, the rivalry between the east and west in Judo, etc. A lot can happen until 2012 though.

Update: It seems his interest in MMA (and basketball) is being reported in French media as well.

There he struck syndrome Usain Bolt. Too strong, already pushed to face new challenges in other disciplines. At 20, Teddy Riner is already triple world champion in judo and the colossus of French judo air to find the tatami too close to it. So it has never hidden her attraction to basketball. Asked by L’Equipe, Riner said he could even play in a Pro one day. “With a lot of practice, I think I could achieve in just two or three years, ‘says the giant. The Guadeloupe is said also attracted by the hand.

Meanwhile, Riner think rather find a few new side of the free-fight, a sport a little less polished than judo – and much more profitable – in which the Olympic champion in 2008, Japan’s Ishii has recently converted. Riner had received a phone call from his opponent who absolutely wants a fight with him. “Was never able to cross on a tatami. That we lack, “says Riner to L’Equipe. If the federation of their sport does not allow to go on a tatami, I will challenge him in his sport. “20minutes.fr

  1. kawa's boy toy
    September 2, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Ishii will smoke Riner fo sho!!!

  2. CJN
    September 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Hard to say without seeing either in an actual fight, but I seriously doubt that. I’d love to see Riner get into MMA after (he wins the gold in) London so we can find out, though.

  3. ShootJunkie
    September 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hopefully this will spark the transition of another quality Judoka into MMA.

  4. wentz
    September 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Sounds good. These guys are the anti-forrestgriffin—they actually have skill. Happy to see him interested in MMA or Freefight, whatever it be called.

  5. manu
    September 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Of course Riner also thinks that with 2-3 years practice he could play pro basketball so let’s not take this too seriously.

    I dont blame Riner for wanting Ishii who let’s face it was in and out of international judo in a blink of an eye. Riner has fought all the top judokas in the world and competed in all the big tournaments while Ishii only did the Olympics once, thats all.

    10 years from now, Riner will be remembered in judo like his countryman the legendary David Douillet while Ishii will be remembered even less than his predecessor Suzuki.
    Its not disrespect of his talent just the fact that he really didnt compete long enough for people to form an opinion or to have a legacy.
    Winning a title is always easier than holding on to it and in a sport like judo (and combat sports) it is even more true.

    Also Riner states that he would like to meet Ishii in a judo match but if the japanese federation doesnt allow Ishii to fight THEN he is willing to take him on on his own turf (mixfighting). someone

    I really dont see how Ishii could be stopped from fighting Riner in an exhibition judo match by the japanese federation since they banished him.
    How could they stop him? Or even punish him?
    A federation can only do something to punish you IF you are still a part of it, like suspend someone.

    Seems more like a some random comments rather than anything precise and judo is at stake here with mixfighting only as a backup.

    i suggest a two part contest. First they judo fight, then after that when they are nice and warmed up (judo lasts 5mins), they can put on the gloves and full contact fight.

  6. September 3, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Ishii also won the All-Japan Judo Championships in 2006 & 2008.

  7. Anonymous
    September 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Way off topic but this is the most recent Sengoku post, do you know of Gono’s status and who against or when he may return to the ring?

  8. Domo Arigato Mr.
    September 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    True but those are national competitions. Prestigious but NOT an international competition. Actually, I think Ishii also did a continental tournament, Asian or University games but his exposure is higher among MMA fans than it is among judo fans around the world.
    Go to europe and south america and ask who Ishii is and ask who Riner is, its not even close. I think the point was how he is perceived in the judo communities around the world.
    Douillet has his own video game so until someone else gets one, he is still the greatest!

  9. September 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I think he’s doing good, no career ending problem from the KO or anything. No word on a return date yet though.

  10. Anonymous
    September 4, 2009 at 6:29 am

    An awsome KO but he just wouldnt wake up. The contorted strecher ride had me woried. Thanks for the answer great site.

  11. Emanuele
    October 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I hope Riner won’t leave Judo for MMA, Judo is a true martial art with a philosophy behind itself.
    First of all Riner should rematch with Yasuyuki Muneta (Muneta defeated him on Feb. 2008) and after it he can face Ishii in a Judo contest. In my opinion Riner woud win both.

  12. March 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Judo is one of the best MMA backgrounds so Teddy Rinner can easily move to the MMA rings…

    here are other TOP judokas in the MMA:

  13. Ola Hinko
    March 13, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Ishii will kick Riner’s butt all the way back to France.

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