Film Study – Hidehiko Yoshida’s gold medal match

This weekend was the end of a memorable MMA career for former Olympic gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. His star pupil, Kazuhiro Nakamura, won the retirement fight by decision at the inaugural Astra card. On New Year’s Eve, Yoshida defeated 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. Let’s go back to 1992 and check out Yoshida’ gold … Read more

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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Mann Talk – MMA’s Golden Boys

Rulon Gardner could have been an MMA star
Rulon Gardner could have been an MMA star

On Monday, World Victory Road finally announced the MMA debut of Satoshi Ishii. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist will take on fellow gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. The bout will take place on Sengoku’s year-end show.

The match up between gold medalists will certainly be interesting to Japanese fans. Tokyo is currently in a bidding war with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games. Ishii vs. Yoshida will be the second match up between Olympic gold medalists in MMA. On New Year’s Eve 2004, Yoshida lost to American Greco-Roman gold medalist Rulon Gardner.

Questions persist about how good Ishii can actually be. Extensive research has shown that a total of nine Olympic gold medalists to compete in MMA. Their overall record is 29-21-1. Let us take a look at them.

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SENGOKU – No Ran 2009 results & live play by play

Go HERE for the Sengoku: Seventh Battle  live round-by-round updates and results. (This particular article below came after Sengoku: Sixth Battle and is referred to as Sengoku: No Ran 2009.  Sengoku: Seventh Battle took place on March 20, 2009.)

Stay tuned to PRO MMA ( as we bring you live play by play coverage for SENGOKU “NO RAN 2009” from Saitama, Japan.

Here’s the lineup for Sengoku – No Ran 2009:
Lightweight Championship bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Middleweight Championship bout: Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago
Light heavyweight bout: Sanae Kikuta vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Heavyweight bout: Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Lightweight bout: Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Heavyweight bout: Dave Herman vs. Choi Mu Bae
Light heavyweight bout: Muhammed Lawal vs. Yukiya Naito
Lightweight bout: Maximo Blanco vs. Seigo Inoue
Light heavyweight bout: Hidetada Irie vs. Minoru Kato

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Sengoku “Seventh Battle” preview (1-04-09)

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU “Seventh Battle” takes place tonight at 1:00 a.m. CST in Saitama, Japan. We here at PRO MMA ( will be providing real time round-by-round coverage of the event. It will host the creation of the first two Sengoku champions.

Sengoku 7 is headlined by “The Fireball Kid,” Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka for the Sengoku Lightweight Championship. Gomi will have his hands full against the undefeated submission specialist who has put away such MMA greats as Carlos Condit, Kurt Pellegrino, and Paul Daley.

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King Mo gets opponent for a stacked Sengoku 7

Muhammed Lawal, better known to MMA fans as “King Mo” has received an opponent for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku 7” set to take place on January 4, 2009 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

King Mo is 2-0 in professional MMA competition. The collegiate wrestling superstar stepped into the MMA ring for the first time back in September against the highly experienced Travis Wiuff at Sengoku 5. Mo quickly defeated Wiuff with a first round TKO in a light heavyweight matchup.

Five weeks later King Mo was back in the ring at Sengoku 6, this time at a middleweight 185 lbs. taking on Chute Boxe’s Fabio Silva. Once again Mo proved he was more than just a wrestler with a third round TKO over Silva.

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Judo gold medalist Ishii offered $5 million by DREAM

Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii will be tranistioning into the world of Mixed Martial Arts according to various reports.

Ishii, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the men’s over 100-kilogram event follows in the footsteps of Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto as Japanese judo competitors to switch to professional MMA.

According to our friends over at Ishi has been offered a whopping $5 million to sign with Japanese MMA promotion, DREAM, making him the most sought after fighter in Japan if not the world.

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