Out of the many people that have crossed Nick Diaz’s path (in or out of a hospital in Las Vegas), Koji Oishi definitely gets the award for being the most desperately innovative.
He had a plan unlike any MMA fighter out there. He was a visionary. Koji Oishi was ahead of his time when he fought Nick Diaz at UFC 53. If we went back 300 million years, Koji Oishi would be that one fish that tried to walk on the beach but failed miserably and died of suffocation. Charles Darwin would have been proud of Koji Oishi.
To avoid getting punched in the face, most MMA fighters either dodge or do their best to block a strike. Not Koji Oishi. In fact, if Oishi got a hold of your game plan, he would urinate on it and right hook it into the ground.
Back in the day, Koji Oishi gave the saying ‘a good defense is a strong offensive’ an entirely new meaning. On June 4th 2005, Oishi’s trainer convinced him to execute the most awkward and impossibly difficult defense in UFC history. Instead of blocking and dodging strikes, Koji Oishi was instructed to intercept Nick Diaz’s fist with his own. Koji Oishi believed that if he were to punch Nick Diaz’s fist as Diaz threw a strike at him, he would create enough force to break Diaz’s hand. We’re serious.
Needless to say, it led to one of the biggest one-sided beatings in UFC history. Apparently, blocking a punch with your own fist is a lot harder than it looks on paper (and whoever wrote that on paper should be slapped in the face).
Tomorrow at ONE FC: Rise to Power, Koji Oishi will take on Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario for the ONE FC Featherweight strap. The prelims air live on YouTube tomorrow, and you can stop complaining because they’re absolutely free.
Be sure to watch out for Koji Oishi on ONE FC: Rise to Power tomorrow. The guy is the future — in some weird alternate universe.