FEG has announced the next fight for Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. He will face kickboxer Antz Nansen at K-1 World Max 70kg Final. The card takes place on Nov. 8 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Sumida, Tokyo.
Despite being part of a K-1 card, this contest will be conducted under Dream rules. Ishii has talked about fighting K-1 recently, but according to NightmareOfBattle.com his team feels he needs more experience.
Ishii returned to Japanese soil last month. At Dream 16, he took a decision over Super-Hulk champion Ikuhisa Minowa. Ishii used his superior grappling to hold positions against the smaller fighter and take the nod from the judges. He is now 2-1 as a professional MMA fighter, with his only loss coming against Hidehiko Yoshida in his MMA debut.
The fifth dan in Judo and brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu took the gold medal in the over 100kg Judo division at the 2008 Olympica Games in Beijing.
In his third MMA fight, Nansen will be taking on his second Judo Olympic medlaist. In his MMA debut, he knocked out silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi in the first round. The kickboxer returned to MMA against Enson Inoue April. Inoue quickly submitted Nansen.
Nansen holds a 14-1-1 record in Muay-Thai competitions. He held the IMF New Zealand Muay-Thai Heavyweight title.