Veteran Hidehiko Yoshida rains on Satoshi Ishii’s MMA debut

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The Japanese judoka who Michael “The Voice” Schiavello called “once the most sought after heavyweight in MMA” made his heavily anticipated professional debut last night in Japan. Satoshi Ishii, who won a gold medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, took on seasoned PRIDE and Sengoku veteran Hidehiko Yoshida in the co-main event at “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009”.

It looked as though it would  be a short night for Ishii as the fight started. In the first round, he looked tentative, nervous, and awkward, while Yoshida appeared to be completely at home in the ring. Yoshida was landing punch after punch and even dropped Ishii with a big overhand right in the opening frame. Ishii recovered and survived the round, but things were looking dim for the national hero.

Ishii settled down and began to find his rhythm in round two. He landed more strikes and worked well in the clinch with knees and dirty boxing. Yoshida appeared to be slowing down, and took a hard knee to the groin that cracked his protective cup. Time out was called and Yoshida was given time to recover. Ishii was penalized with a red card and had a point deducted.

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Ishii talking with Affliction

It is being reported that the Japanese Judo gold medalist and star, Satoshi Ishii, has put his UFC negotiations on hold in order to entertain offers from other USA based MMA promotions, including Affliction.

As many may remember, Ishii was a special guest of UFC president Dana White at UFC 92 and was also seen in Dana’s video blog behind the scenes at UFC 94. Ishii also appeared at Sengoku 7 wearing a UFC shirt. After reportedly turning down as much as a $6 million dollar contract to fight in Japan, it was thought that the UFC contract was a done deal.

“And the most important news, Ishii is putting contract negotiations with the UFC on hold for now. As a professional he wants to hear the talk of various organizations. He especially mentioned Affliction and mentioned both Fedor and Sylvia. However, he said that right now the UFC is still the first candidate.”

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