Satoshi Ishii vs. Pedro Rizzo in the Works
Satoshi Ishii was supposed to be the heavyweight star of Japanese MMA. At least that's what Japanese promoters were hoping when they threw him in with Fedor Emelianenko in only his seventh pro fight. Instead he got clocked and quickly; by a faded, but not entirely diminished, version of the greatest heavyweight of our era.
And maybe, on this rare occasion, it was for the best. Since then, Ishii's matchmaking has been much more indicative of his level since then. With a slow and steady progression of name fighters who are well past their prime, but hold just enough relevance to give him a stable resume on his way to the big leagues. After losing to Fedor, Ishii has gone 3-0 with victories over Tim Sylvia, Sean McCorkle, and Kerry Schall, his most recent two coming via first round submission.
Now a new opponent has been announced, and much like the last three it promises a lot of name value and very little danger. Tatame reports that Pedro Rizzo has told World Fight Radio that he will be fighting Ishii this May at an event in Japan yet to be named. Ishii's last three fights have all come under the IGF banner, and this one likely will too.
Conor McGregor campaigning for UFC 159's open slot, second fight in three weeks
With Joe Proctor (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) out of this month's UFC 159 event due to an injury, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday, one potential replacement has thrown his hat into the cage as a possible replacement.
Conor McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who recently won a "Knockout of the Night" award in his promotional debut at UFC on FUEL TV 9, wants the fight with fellow lightweight Al Iaquinta (5-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
The Ultimate Fighter 17 marathon kicks off today at 11 a.m. ET on FUEL TV
If you missed one (or all) of "The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen," FUEL TV has you covered.
Ahead of this weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale event, FUEL TV today airs a 13-hour marathon of "The Ultimate Fighter 17" that includes all 12 episodes of the series, which first aired on FX.
The two-hour debut episode kicks off the marathon at 11 a.m. ET. The marathon runs continuously throughout the day and wraps up at midnight with the conclusion of the 12th episode.