Satoshi Ishii

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Satoshi Ishii
Ishii Satoshi 2008.jpg
Born (1986-12-19) December 19, 1986 (age 27)
Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11. in (1.80 m)
Weight 240 lb (109 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Team Kings MMA
Reign Training Center
Black House
i Dash (2009-2010)
Rank

6th dan in Judo,

Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2009–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 12
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 7
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
Draws 1
Amateur career
Total 2
Wins 1
By submission 1
Losses 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Satoshi Ishii
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing +100 kg
World Championships Teams
Gold 2007 Beijing +100 kg
Asian Games
Silver 2006 Doha -100 kg
Universiade
Gold 2007 Bangkok Open
World U20 Championship
Gold 2004 Budapest -100 kg
Asian U20 Championship
Gold 2004 Doha -100 kg

Satoshi Ishii (石井 慧 Ishii Satoshi?, born December 19, 1986) is a Japanese judoka and mixed martial artist noted for winning a gold medal in Olympic Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games and two All-Japan Judo Championships. Ishii made his professional MMA debut at Dynamite!! 2009 losing to fellow Judoka gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida by unanimous decision, but currently holds a record of 12-3-1.[1]

Judo career[edit]

Ishii vs. Keiji Suzuki in 2008.

Ishii won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships on 16 October 2004 in Budapest, Hungary. On 2 December 2006 he won a silver medal at the −100 kg category of the 2006 Asian Games. On April 29, 2006 and 2008, he won the All-Japan Judo Championships in Tokyo, Japan. With him the Japanese team won the World Judo team competition on 17 November 2007 in Beijing, China, this time in the +100 kg division.

On August 15, 2008 he won a gold medal at the +100 kg category of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

On 30 April 2011 Ishii returned to Judo to compete in the United States Championship in the open division; he won all the matches, securing the gold medal.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

After winning the gold medal, Ishii expressed his wishes to apply his talents in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) to the dismay of the Japanese Judo Federation.[2] Ishii originally confirmed that he signed a contract with Japanese MMA promotion Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) and was rumored to debut in early 2009 in their fight series, DREAM.[3]

Japanese newspaper Sports Nippon then reported that Ishii would make his ring debut on December 31, 2009 at the annual K-1 Premium Dynamite!! event at the Saitama Super Arena. However, Ishii announced that he rejected FEG's offer, and was planning to pursue his MMA career in the US' Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He headed to Florida where he trained with two of MMA's top camps American Top Team and Xtreme Couture.[4]

On June 1, 2009, Ishii announced he would join Japanese MMA organization World Victory Road.[5] He officially signed with the organization at a public signing event on June 4, 2009.[6] On September 14, 2009, it was announced that Ishii would make his MMA debut against fellow Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida.[7] Although the fight was originally to take place at World Victory Road's New Year show on December 31, when that event was cancelled, the fight was moved to DREAM's Dynamite!! 2009 card on New Year's Eve as a co-promoted show.[8] Ishii, who was a large favorite in the fight, was dominated in the first round by the more-experienced Yoshida, taking many strikes including a right overhand that staggered the newcomer, along with a series of knees and uppercuts from the clinch. Ishii, however, came back with a more competitive second round, but took a point deduction after illegally kneeing Yoshida in the groin. Ishii continued to find his range in the third round with punches, but ultimately lost via unanimous decision.

For his second fight, Ishii faced New Zealand Heavyweight kickboxing champion Tafa "Thumper" Misipati on May 15, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. The fight was the main event at the ETK production X-plosion: New Zealand vs. Japan. Ishii won via submission (armbar) in the first round.

In June 2010, Ishii caused controversy during an MMA exhibition match on the undercard of X-1 World Events: Nations Collide in Hawaii. After knocking down his opponent Myles Tynanes at the end of the first-round, Ishii failed to stop punching his downed foe despite the referee’s attempts to halt the action. He was subsequently disqualified for his actions.[9]

On September 25, 2010, Ishii fought Ikuhisa Minowa, a shoot wrestler known for facing much larger opponents, at Dream.16 and won via unanimous decision.[10][11]

Ishii's next MMA fight was supposed to be against Antz Nansen at the K-1 World MAX 2010.[12] However, his opponent was changed to Katsuyori Shibata at the last minute. Ishii won via Kimura in the first round.

Ishii continued to train with Black House, in Brazil with notably fighters suchs as Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. Prior to Silva's fight with Chael Sonnen Ishii hurt Silva's ribs. Since then he has trained at Mark Muñoz's gym Reign MMA, along with Mayhem Miller, Fabrício Werdum and other notable fighters.

Ishii then fought French kickboxing star Jérôme Le Banner in a mixed martial arts bout at the Dynamite!! 2010 New Year's Eve event.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ishii was scheduled to make his North America debut for Strikeforce at Strikeforce Challengers 15 against Scott Lighty, but a visa issue stemming from the recent earthquake and tsunami left him unable to leave Japan. Lorenz Larkin took his place in the fight.[14]

In April 2011, it was reported that Ishii would retire from MMA and return to judo. Surprisingly, he also stated that he plans to earn American citizenship and represent the US at the 2016 Olympic Games.[15] However, he apparently decided against retiring from MMA as he went on to face former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho at Amazon Forest Combat 1 on September 14, 2011 in his Light Heavyweight debut. The fight ended in a controversial draw, with journalists as well as the crowd agreeing that Ishii had won all three rounds.[16]

Satoshi Ishii next competed at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoko 2011, where he met MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.[17] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

After taking a year off from fighting to train following the Emelianenko loss, Ishii signed an exclusive multi fight deal with IGF in Japan. Here he has secured 6 victories in less than a year against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, UFC veterans Sean McCorkle, Kerry Schall, Pedro Rizzo and most recently against Jeff Monson.

Ishii then faced Kazuyuki Fujita on December 31, 2013, for the IGF Championship. He won via unanimous decision.[18]

Ishii defeated former UFC fighter Phil De Fries via unanimous decision at IGF 1 on April 5, 2014 in a full pride rules match as the headline bout on the card.[19]

On August 23 at IGF 2, Despite being a heavy favorite due to his years,judo and BJJ Ishii was defeated by UFC, Pride and K-1 veteran Mirko Filipović via doctor stoppage, losing the IGF Championship in the process.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

He was married for 9 months to Mika, a university student, divorcing in January 2011.[22]

In 2013, he married singer Asuca Hayashi.

Ishii holds a 6th dan in judo [23] and he was awarded a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after some training.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Professional Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–3–1 Mirko Filipović TKO (doctor stoppage) Inoki Genome Fight 2 August 23, 2014 2 2:37 Tokyo, Japan Lost the IGF Championship
Win 12–2–1 Phil De Fries Decision (unanimous) Inoki Genome Fight 1 April 5, 2014 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–2–1 Kazuyuki Fujita Decision (unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 December 31, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the IGF Championship
Win 10–2–1 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 42 October 20, 2013 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 9–2–1 Clayton Jones TKO (punches) IGF: GENOME 27 July 20, 2013 1 0:35 Osaka, Japan
Win 8–2–1 Pedro Rizzo Decision (unanimous) IGF: GENOME 26 May 26, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–2–1 Kerry Schall Submission (americana) IGF: GENOME 25 March 20, 2013 1 2:43 Fukuoka, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 6–2–1 Sean McCorkle Submission (kimura) IGF: GENOME 24 February 23, 2013 1 2:41 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 5–2–1 Tim Sylvia Decision (unanimous) IGF: Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 December 31, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 4–2–1 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punches) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 1 2:29 Saitama, Japan Return to Heavyweight.
Draw 4–1–1 Paulo Filho Draw Amazon Forest Combat 1 September 14, 2011 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 4–1 Jérôme Le Banner Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 3–1 Katsuyori Shibata Submission (kimura) K-1 World MAX 2010 World Championship Tournament Final November 8, 2010 1 3:30 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 2–1 Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (unanimous) Dream 16 September 25, 2010 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 1–1 Tafa Misipati Submission (armbar) X-plosion: New Zealand vs. Japan May 15, 2010 1 2:42 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 0–1 Hidehiko Yoshida Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympic judo champ Ishii defeated in mixed martial arts debut | The Japan Times Online. Search.japantimes.co.jp (2010-01-02). Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  2. ^ "Enfant terrible Ishii two-times Japanese judo". AFP. October 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ Manojlovic, Stefan (October 29, 2008). "Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii signs with FEG". MMAmania.com. Retrieved October 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishi headed for American Top Team, MMA Mania, 17 December 2007
  5. ^ Ishii Signs with Sengoku. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  6. ^ Holland, Jesse. (2009-06-01) Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii passes on UFC to join World Victory Road. MMA Mania. Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  7. ^ Nelson, Chris. (2009-09-14) Satoshi Ishii to Make MMA Debut Against Hidehiko Yoshida. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  8. ^ Dream Official Website. Dreamofficial.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  9. ^ Meinhardt, James (June 5, 2010). "Ishii Disqualified in X-1 Exhibition; Clay Submits Wolff". Sherdog.com. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "仰天カード実現!! 9・25『DREAM.16』日本ガイシホール大会追加対戦カード発表!!". dreamofficial.com. 2010-09-22. 
  11. ^ Ikuhisa Minowa to Face Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. MMA Fighting (2010-09-22). Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  12. ^ "Satoshi Ishii vs. Antz Nansen MMA bout added to Nov. 8 K-1 World MAX 2010 event". mmajunkie.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Dream Adds Three Dynamite!! 2010 Bouts, No Opponent For Alistair Overeem Yet". MMAWeekly.com. December 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Larkin replaces Ishii at Strikeforce Challengers 15". heavymma.com. March 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ Richard Anderson Mann. "Olympic Champion Satoshi Ishii done fighting MMA". Pro MMA Now. 
  16. ^ Ueda Retires Gracie, Ishii Robbed Against Filho at Amazon FC. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-26.
  17. ^ Santosus, Joey. "Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii likely for New Year's Eve". Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "IGF - Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013". sherdog.com. 
  19. ^ "UFC Veteran Headlining Inoki Genome Fight I". pwinsiderxtra.com. February 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mirko Cro Cop to Fight Satoshi Ishii in MMA Bout at IGF in Japan". mmaweekly.com. 2014-07-17. 
  21. ^ "【IGF両国大会】石井流血で王座陥落 ミルコに額割られドクターストップ". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2014-08-23. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  22. ^ (Japanese) 石井慧離婚 女子大生とたったの9カ月. March 29, 2011
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  24. ^ "【猪木祭り】MMAルールによる藤田vs石井のIGF王座戦". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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