Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (31-8, 1 NC) was back in action on New Year’s Eve against 2008 Olympic judo gold-medalist Satoshi Ishii (5-2-1) at Inoki Genome Federation’s (IGF) MMA/pro wrestling/kickboxing hybrid event, Bom-Ba-Ye in Tokyo, Japan.
Sylvia was coming off a “No-Contest” against Andrei Arlovski back in August after taking a couple of soccer kicks to the head that left him unable to continue. Ishii had not fought since New Year’s Eve 2011 when he suffered a first round KO loss to Fedor Emelianenko.
In addition to Sylvia vs. Ishii, Mirko Crop (28-10-2) faced former Sumo wrestler turned pro wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa (0-1). You can be the judge if you think the bout was legit, but let’s just say for anyone’s first pro MMA fight to be against Mirko Cro Cop is insane — regardless of their background — so insane in fact, Cro Cop might just win via armbar submission.
We’ve also got the bout between Japanese legend Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa (55-34) and the much less experienced Bor Bratovz (6-3) from Slovenia.
Tim Sylvia vs. Satoshi Ishii
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Bor Bratovz