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Wait, so you're telling me Ricardo Arona vs. Satoshi Ishii is going down March 11th?

This morning as I roamed through my usual collection of obscure Japanese MMA sites, I noticed Sponichi Annex is reporting that Satoshi Ishii gave the site a brief interview and stated that he's training in Los Angeles, California for a fight with Ricardo Arona on March 11th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That's right, it looks like Ricardo Arona has finally decided to stop surfing and get back to smashing his fists into people's face for a living. I've included the original, untranslated Japanese portion of the article, and then placed a brief translation after it -- because I'm just that awesome.

大みそかにエメリヤーエンコ・ヒョードル(35=ロシア)にKO負けした石井慧(25=レイン)の再起戦の相手が、ヒカルド・アローナ(33=ブラジル)に決まった。アローナは“ブラジルの虎”の異名を持ち、05年のPRIDE・GPで準優勝した実力者。3月にブラジルのサンパウロで対戦する。石井は11日、アローナ戦の準備のため練習拠点の米国ロサンゼルスへ向けて出発した。

ただ、いつまでも休んでいるわけにはいかない。3月にブラジル・サンパウロで行われる総合格闘技の大会で、06年PRIDE無差別級GP決勝戦でアリスター・オーフレイムに勝利しているアローナとの再起戦が決まった。正式契約はケガの回復具合にもよるが、「試合には出るつもり」と意気込みを口にした。アローナと言えば05年のPRIDE・GP2回戦で、桜庭にグラウンド状態から20発以上膝蹴りを入れて血祭りにあげた実力者。弾丸タックルと寝技が得意で、右半身に虎の入れ墨を彫り「ザ・ブラジリアン・タイガー」と呼ばれている。

The first paragraph talks about Ishii recently losing to Fedor on DREAM's NYE and then mentions that Ishii will face the the 2005 Pride GP runner-up, Ricardo Arona, on March 11th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It also states Satoshi has returned to Los Angeles, California (we're assuming Blackhouse) to train for the upcoming fight. In the second paragraph, it states the bout will take place in an 'MMA tournament' and then talks about Arona's Pride career and that gnarly tattoo Ricardo has on his right side. If your Japanese is polished, feel free to read the entire article (along with a statement from Ishii about Arona) at Sponichi Annex.

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