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Satoshi Ishii

Born December 19, 1986 (1986-12-19) (age 23)
Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
Nationality Japan Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg; 16.4 st)
Division Heavyweight
Style Judo
Rank      black belt in Judo
     brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Years active 1
MMA record
Total 1
Wins 0
By knockout 0
By submission 0
By decision 0
Losses 1
By knockout 0
By submission 0
By decision 1
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing +100 kg
Asian Games
Silver 2006 Doha -100 kg
Universiade
Gold 2007 Bangkok Open

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 medallist Hidehiko Yoshida by unanimous decision.[1]

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Judo

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

Mixed martial arts

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

Japanese newspaper Sports Nippon reported that Ishii would make his ring debut in mixed martial arts (MMA) on 12/31 at K-1’s Dynamite event at Saitama Super Arena. However, Ishii announced that he rejected FEG's offer, and was planning to pursue his MMA career in the 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 will make his MMA debut against fellow Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida.[7] Although the fight was to take place at World Victory Road's New Year show on December 31st, the fight has been moved to DREAM's Dynamite!! 2009 card on New Year's Eve as a co-promoted show.[8] Currently Ishii holds the 3rd dan in Judo and a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu under Andre Galvao.

MMA Record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Japan Hidehiko Yoshida Decision (Unanimous) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 3 5:00 Japan Toyko, Japan

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