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Kazunori Yokota! Receiving Motivation From Ishii And Petrosyan

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Yokota getting ready - GBRing.com

Kazunori Yokota, who is training hard for what is one of the most important fights of his career on November 7th, held an open training session yesterday at the GRABAKA gym.

There he talked about Petrosyan’s victory in the previous day’s K-1 MAX Finals and how it has motivated him. He said:

“There have been various martial arts events on TV recently but the one who has left the biggest impression was Petrosyan.”

“If there was a fighter like Petrosyan in MMA I would retire. No matter what you do you can’t defeat him (laugh). He towers above the rest.”

His ideal/dream style is similar to that of Petrosyan and number 1 P4P boxer Floyd Mayweather, to hit and not get hit.

Yokota is currently training his striking at the Power Of Dream gym. Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii also trains there and it seems like they have become good friends in the past month because of their judo backgrounds. He says that even when they walk outside people greet and call out to Ishii. It’s like being with a celebrity.

They train together 4-5 times a week. “Just being together with a fighter like him is motivating.”

About his own preparations, in which he has received help from a student of muscle in Ishii, he says that he is holding back on sweets and carbonated drinks, and closely watching what he eats so his physical condition is good and because of that he is already at 71.3 kg, over a week away from the fight. Because of that he can also concentrate on training and not waste time on weight-cutting.

Yokota is training to defend the guillotine choke and rear naked choke of Mitsuoka, which he thinks are two of his strong points. He himself says that he definitely won’t lose when it comes to stamina and punching speed. He says that since this week is the final spurt before the fight training is severe, sounding like he trains so hard that he collapses everyday.

  1. ShootJunkie
    October 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    2 words, WAR YOKOTA!!!

  2. whomever
    October 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

  3. kawa's boy toy
    October 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    whomever :
    MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

    why is that? we always need skillful standup fighters. not those wrasslers with sloppy striking. That we have plenty of.

  4. whomever
    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    kawa’s boy toy :

    whomever :
    MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

    why is that? we always need skillful standup fighters. not those wrasslers with sloppy striking. That we have plenty of.

    Because they take the suspense out of fighting. K-1 MAX Final was slightly underwhelming when you knew that Petrosyan was going to take down tournament.

  5. CSKit
    October 29, 2009 at 12:45 am

    whomever :

    kawa’s boy toy :

    whomever :
    MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

    why is that? we always need skillful standup fighters. not those wrasslers with sloppy striking. That we have plenty of.

    Because they take the suspense out of fighting. K-1 MAX Final was slightly underwhelming when you knew that Petrosyan was going to take down tournament.

    Did you know Petrosyan broke his hand during the Yamamoto fight? Meaning he beat Souwer with a broken hand, that’s the opposite of underwhelming.

  6. whomever
    October 29, 2009 at 4:12 am

    CSKit :

    whomever :

    kawa’s boy toy :

    whomever :
    MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

    why is that? we always need skillful standup fighters. not those wrasslers with sloppy striking. That we have plenty of.

    Because they take the suspense out of fighting. K-1 MAX Final was slightly underwhelming when you knew that Petrosyan was going to take down tournament.

    Did you know Petrosyan broke his hand during the Yamamoto fight? Meaning he beat Souwer with a broken hand, that’s the opposite of underwhelming.

    Did YOU know that Petrosyan broke his hand during the Yamamoto fight? I’m going to guess that you didn’t. While I lived that moment, it was still underwhelming. Domination is rarely satisfying.

  7. CSKit
    October 29, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Nice retort, Ummm, I guess?

    I’m glad Yokota is taking his diet and training seriously, I’d love to see a rematch between him and Hiroto.

  8. ShootJunkie
    October 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    whomever :MMA doesn’t need another Petrosyan/Mayweather type.

    I’m sorry but I find Petrosyan extremely entertaining to watch. Watching him make Souwer look like an idiot face planting whilst trying to spinning hook kick Giorgio was awesome. Also, Petrosyan busted him the hell up. I respect you opinion but why wasn’t that exciting.

  9. October 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    petrosyan is the best

  10. Sebas
    November 1, 2009 at 12:31 am

    MMA needs unbeatable figures.

    Otherwise, anyone could just beast anyone.

    We need some fucking legends.

    Like Fedor

  11. November 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I think MMA could always use another Petrosyan..

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