Olympian Ishii predicts decision win over Fedor

by Anton Gurevich | source: lowkick.blitzcorner.com

In one week 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold Medalist in Judo Satoshi Ishii fights Fedor Emelianenko at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011. While JMMA fighters have generally fallen behind the best OF US, Ishii moved to the US  to pursue a full-time Mixed Martial Arts career, holds a record of 4-1-1, and has the goal of being UFC champion.

LowKick.com catches up with the Olympian.

Anton Gurevich: You seem to have the majority of your camp for Fedor in United States. What can you tell about your camp, and training with the coach Ed Buckley?

Satoshi Ishii: A couple of years ago I decided to move to the United States to train full-time in MMA. With Southern California being the mecca for gyms and fighters I decided to move to Irvine, California.  My main gym that I train at and represent is Mark Munoz's gym Reign Training Center. This gym provides me with all of the training I need to become a complete fighter in all areas of MMA - high level striking, wrestling, and grappling. One of the biggest benefits of training at Reign are the professional fighters that train there full-time. Along with the world class fighters that come through the gym for part of their training camps such as Wanderlei Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Babalu, Alistair Overeem, and Shogun Rua just to name a few.

I met my Muay Thai Coach Ed Buckley over a year ago at Reign Training Center. He has over 20+ years of experience in Muay Thai and understands MMA striking very well. When I first met Coach Ed he was working with Krzysztof Soszynski at the time and I asked if I could do some mittwork with him. From the first time we worked together I knew he was the coach for me. In the past year my striking has improved tremendously. Coach Ed has become my main coach who oversee's all of my training and directs all aspects of my training camps.

AG: What in your opinion is your biggest advantage coming to this fight? How do you see your Judo skills coming in effect against Fedor Emelianenko?

SI: I would not say that I have any real advantage over Fedor. The man is a legend and has faced all styles. But I am confident wherever this fight goes. Whether we stand and trade or on the ground. As far as my Judo against him, well yes I do feel my Judo will play a big part of this fight if he decides to clinch with me.

AG: Fedor was on a three-fight losing streak before beating Jeff Monson in November. Do you think he's a different fighter since his days at PRIDE? Do you see any weaknesses in his game?

SI: Fedor has been at this a very long time and has fought everyone. I respect his accomplishments and look up to him. It is a complete honor to step in the ring with him. No I do not think that he has become a different fighter since Pride. I think he has become a different fighter from his recent losses. He has become more tentative. You can see it in his fight with Jeff Monson. As for weaknesses he is a complete fighter. He can win fights both standing and on the ground.

AG: Your prediction for the fight with Fedor Emelianenko? Submission, Decision or KO/TKO?

SI: I feel that I will win this fight via decision. I am no longer just a Judoko. Fans will see how far my striking, wrestling, and grappling have come since I started MMA.

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orcus site profile image  

12/24/11 3:33 PM by orcus

 No lose for Ishii. He loses, whatever; he is a rookie and Fedor is GOAT. He wins, he would destroy anyone in the UFC, his only competition might be Cormier.

that new guy site profile image  

12/24/11 2:57 PM by that new guy

Ishii is not drinking saki he is snorting some coke he don't have a chance against a faded Fedor. Really though Ishii never looked "amazing" and he is going against a Legend. Fedor by brutal KO

MPA site profile image  

12/24/11 1:04 PM by MPA

Ishii must be drinking too much saki, if he thinks he can beat Fedor.Fedor is still pretty quick and has KO power, so I don't give Ishii getting past the 1st round.Even by grappling I don't think will get him into the second round.Then again, Fedor looked past those other three guys the thought he could sleep through.

PrettyBoy site profile image  

12/23/11 7:31 PM by PrettyBoy

I saw ishii train last week. Fedor better be ready.

Auzzie site profile image  

12/23/11 5:20 PM by Auzzie

Lose lose situation for Fedor.

stonepony site profile image  

12/23/11 5:00 PM by stonepony

Ishii deserves a lot of respect for setting his sights on the UFC and wanting to fight the best competition possible.

cumprido1 site profile image  

12/23/11 4:50 PM by cumprido1

Ishii had problems with a drugged out Filho on the feet. Fedor by 1st rd KO or TKO.

beanouno site profile image  

12/23/11 4:44 PM by beanouno


Puntsized site profile image  

12/23/11 4:14 PM by Puntsized

Agreed,This fight should look similar to the monson one.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

12/23/11 3:53 PM by duckhuntgangsta

 What weight will he walk into the cage at?