A couple things to add to this story from Mania's just-posted report:
He had a verbal agreement with FEG in place and was expected to make his Japanese MMA debut at K-1 Dynamite!! Not happening now.
He'll be heading to American Top Team in March.
He's already marked man back home. In addition, his Judo Federation doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of him making the jump from Judo to mixed martial arts, despite Ishii’s persistence.
From Tokyo’s Kokushikan University program leader Kazuo Yoshimura:
“This guy turns everybody into an enemy. He’d better get out [of Japan] without delay.”
Full story and usual Mania humor after the jump:Mania Article