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Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii signs with FEG

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Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii was set to make his mixed martial arts debut on New Year’s Eve at the FieLDS Dynamite show at the end of this year. However it now looks as though he will just be making a brief cameo appearance like Fedor Emelianenko did back at DREAM 6 in September according to our friends at Nightmare of Battle.

While fans may be disappointed that he won’t be competing, the good news is he’s officially signed with Japan’s Fighting & Entertainment Group (FEG) and is expected to compete in an upcoming DREAM event sometime in Spring 2009.

I’m sure he’ll elaborate when his fan club holds a celebration party on November 3, but for now he is remaining tight-lipped about the details.

The December 31 Dynamite card features a plethora of top-tier fighters and fan favorites such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, Joachim Hansen, Yoshihiro Sato and many more.

One of the names being kicked around for Ishii’s debut according to Tokyo-Sports is fellow Judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida (8-6-1). Nothing is certain yet, but both athletes rank very high in the court of public opinion and a fight between them would no doubt be a huge draw.




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Post #1   10/30/08 2:29:41AM   

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Huge signing.

Post #2   10/30/08 2:58:10AM   

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this is the guy that was rumored to fight fedor on the NYE show right?

Post #3   10/30/08 5:21:47AM   

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Posted by loller90278

this is the guy that was rumored to fight fedor on the NYE show right?



Yea, he was the one that "called out" Fedor after he won in the Olympics.

As Cmill said, huge signing, this guy will pull huge numbers for them.

Post #4   10/30/08 6:29:08AM