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Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Satoshi Ishii has fought a handful of legends quite early on in his career. His first fight, after all, matched him with Japanese gold-medalist Hidehiko Yoshida, who had fought nearly every legendary fighter Pride had under contract during his time with the promotion. Losing, rightfully so, Ishii retooled his training and picked up a few give me wins before being matched against the best fighter of all time in Fedor Emelianenko.
Emelianenko destroyed Ishii, showing the difference between where Ishii was and where Fedor was, even in the twilight of his career.
Ishii picked up a win last weekend over Jeff Monson, which was one of the better wins of Ishii’s tenure. Ishii controlled a decorated grappler with his Olympic caliber judo, doing enough to lock in a majority decision.
Ishii showed flashes of striking, something he has learned in a short time. Against CroCop, Ishii would be wise to look past the striking, and defend whatever is thrown at him, keeping CroCop close. A win over CroCop could be just enough to get the Olympic gold winner a UFC contract as the promotion has been signing Japanese fighters rather abundantly lately.
Ishii and CroCop meet at Inoki Bom Ba Ye 2013, a bout that looks to be co-promoted by the Legend promotion out of Russia, pending CroCop is not banged up too bad with Aleks Emelianenko