Everyone remembers how Satoshi Ishii was a lock to beat Yoshida back in Dynamite 2009. That notion came to an abrupt halt when the entire MMA world realized that the bout wasn’t just 1992 vs. 2004 Olympic Judo gold medalist but a dude that had an MMA record of 9-7-1 (with wins over Mark Hunt, Royce Gracie, Don Frye) versus a guy who was 0-0. Despite being the ‘underdog’, Yoshida grabbed the unanimous decision over Satoshi Ishii and then a few months later, created his own MMA organization just to host his own retirement match (a fight in which he lost to his own former pupil, Kazuhiro Nakamura).
Satoshi didn’t get the win in his first MMA bout, but he did win his second fight…sort of. Back in March, Satoshii Ishii grabbed his first win over Sasae Paogofie at X-1 in Hawaii. Unfortunately, for reasons that are entirely too complicated for any of us to discern, the bout was changed from ‘professional’ to ‘exhibition’ at the last minute. That meant even though Ishii grabbed his first win in MMA, dude was still 0-1 in MMA. What an absolute statistical letdown.
On May 15th, Ishii finally grabbed his first professional win when he armbared Tafa Misipati at 2:42 into the first round in Auckland, New Zealand (a country I nearly became a citizen of if it weren’t for my blatant lack of respect for the New Zealand immigration department). This past Friday, Satoshi Ishii fought Myles Tynanes at X-1 and refused to stop punching his opponent despite the referee jumping in the middle of the beating. No video has been released yet, but I imagined it to be somewhat like the match between Sokoudjou and Jan Norte in the first round of the Super Hulk tournament last year. I also imagine Satoshi Ishii following in Sokoudjou’s footsteps and calling himself a ‘douchebag’ solely because it would sound amazing with a Japanese accent. As of today, the X-1 promoters have decided to overturn their initial decision of disqualifying Satoshi Ishii and have reverted it to a ‘No Contest’ due to the referee not acting in a timely manner when the bell rung which denoted the end of the first round. Apparently, Satoshi Ishii KOd Myles Tynanes seconds before the bell which is just more evidence that Judo guys can develop knock-out power in just a few months into their MMA career. [Source]