Japan finally has another heavyweight besides Minowaman, Fujita and Yoshida (am I missing any…nah, didn’t think so). Satoshi Ishii rocked out with his judo gi out last year at the 2008 Beijing Olympics grabbing 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 (which is like Dream’s ZUFFA) 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 is currently rolling around at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas (and probably breaking some coffee tables in the process).
Today it was announced that Satoshi Ishii will debut in at Sengoku’s super secret New Year’s event (that I really wanted to tell you guys about but I’m still reeling from my broken Samsung TV tragedy last week). His first opponent is Japanese gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. Another bangemite fest compliments of the same guys who gave King Mo his first four wins. Wait…King Mo vs. Satoshi Ishii? Look for it in 2010 people. [Source]