Veteran Hidehiko Yoshida rains on Satoshi Ishii’s MMA debut

Photo by Sherdog - Don't give up on Ishii. His raw talent is for real.

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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Michael Bisping movie blog

Part 1: Michael Bisping movie blog

2008’s “Coolest Man in the U.K.” winner, Michael Bisping, takes viewers along for the ride as he makes the trek from England to Texas to star in a new movie entitled “Beatdown.” The film is directed by Michael Gunther and is described as an “action/drama with MMA-style fighting.” Movieset.com says,

The film stars Rudy Youngblood (“Apocalypto”) as Brandon, a young street fighter, who has fallen out of favor with the mob and is forced to fight for those close to him. “Beatdown” also features Eric Balfour (“The Texas Chainsaw Masacre”, “Hellride”), Danny Trejo (“Desperado”, “Machete”), and MMA fighter Michael “The Count” Bisping.

This is a pretty cool behind-the-scenes look Bisping treats us to. Apparently, Bobby Lashley has a part in the movie, because in part four, below, you will see Bisping in a sparring session with the former WWE star and recent Strikeforce addition.

Remember when Bisping asked Guy Ritchie to put him in his next gangster flick? Who knows, maybe it will happen one day.

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