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9/13/10 6:47 PM
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CyborgRoyce
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Beijing Olympic Judo Gold Medalist and MMA fighter Satoshi Ishii announced on the 9th that he plans to return to Judo and compete in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.

From now on he will train in Los Angeles and he aims at becoming an American citizen before the 2016 Olympics. The reason for that is that unlike in Japan, in the U.S. you can both be a professional fighter and compete in amateur Judo, something that is not possible in Japan.

This declaration of Ishii was made during the Judo World Championships in Tokyo which is taking place right now, 52 years since the last World Championship in Tokyo.

He hasn’t done Judo since becoming a pro and apparently he wants to sharpen it.

It seems like the U.S. might have a monster Judoka on their team in 2016.

http://nightmareofbattle.com/?p=3615

http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/100910/gsi1009100504000-n1.htm
9/13/10 7:06 PM
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Chocolate Shatner
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If he thinks that he can split time between MMA training and Olympic level Judo over the next few years, get older, and still have a chance at a gold medal, he's delusional or trolling. Not saying he doesn't have a chance to make the US team (we are after all relatively weak in judo), but to take on the rest of the elite in the world like that?

I believe that Teddy Riner's response to the comments was "WHO'S THE MASTER?!?!"
9/16/10 12:07 AM
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JSho
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allcloser - I have read similar news reports and I believe that he is just trolling.

On the other hand, Hiroshi Izumi is not trolling about his intention to try for the London Olympics as a freestyle wreslter. He even joine the All Japan training camp.


He is an -90 player isn't he, would he go to -96 (Isokawa) or down to -84 (Matsumoto)?
9/16/10 6:24 AM
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http://www.meiji-judo.com/History.htm

http://www.daily.co.jp/ring/2010/08/26/0003360248.shtml


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