Satoshi Ishii rocked out with his judo gi out two years ago at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and grabbed a gold medal in the Men’s +100 kg. Even back then, the entire MMA world was flipping out by how eloquent this dude disposed of competition. After snatching the gold, Ishii announced that he wanted to try his ‘head-first slamming abilities’ in mixed martial arts and start with challenging Fedor. The guy’s at FEG approached him to sign on a Dream card early in 2009. Satoshi Ishii essentially said, screw it, rejected their offer and moved out to the US to train with American Top Team. When that was over, dude moved to Brazil to train with Lyoto Machida. Satoshi eventually had his fill of Brazilian steaks, signed with Sengoku (after negotiations with UFC fell through) and even rolled around at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas (and probably broke some coffee tables in the process).
At Dynamite!! 2009, Satoshi Ishii faced Pride demigod, Hidehiko Yoshida, in what could be explained as an exhibition of ‘old and busted’ schooling ‘new and fresh’. Despite training for months with Phil Baroni in Hawaii, Satoshi just couldn’t finish off Yoshida and grabbed an L in his MMA debut. This past weekend, Ishii competed at X-1 in Hawaii and defeated Sasae Paogofie. Unfortunately, for reasons that are entirely too complicated for any of us to discern, this bout was changed from ‘professional’ to ‘exhibition’ at the last minute. That means even though Ishii grabbed his first win in MMA, dude is still 0-1 in MMA. What an absolute statistical letdown. [Source]