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Headscratcher of the day: Ishii v Ortiz on New Year’s?

Remember Satoshi Ishii?  I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.  Only 23 years of age (Christ, I’m old), Ishii took the gold medal in Beijing in the heavyweight division.  In the wake of being photographed with UFC apparel and rumored to travel stateside for MMA training, Ishii signed a contract with World Victory Road to participate on their New Year’s Eve card.  The Japanese MMA scene being what it is, the show scheduled to mark Ishii’s debut was canceled, and the bout was moved to Dynamite!! 2009 as a co-promoted show.  Japanese MMA matchmaking being what it is, Ishii was given a veteran in MMA that also happened to be an amazing judoka in Hidehiko Yoshida and lost via decision.

Since then, Ishii has rebounded with three straight wins.  I like how Wikipedia goes out of its way to mention that his fight against Minowaman was “open weight”, as though Ikuhisa ever fought fighters his own size.  Anyway, even at 3-1 and a recent kimura win over Katsuyori Shibabta (4-10-1 career record), Ishii’s potential has been largely overlooked as a result of the loss to Yoshida.  Luckily, this is MMA – if you have no name value, you can just crib off of somebody else, even if there is little or no chance of them being able to shut you up.

Zach Arnold (original posting available here, in case you can read hieroglyphics) is now reporting that Ishii is unhappy with the prospect of fighting for K-1 Max on NYE.  His hypothetical dream opponent?  I’ll give you a hint: the last time he finished a guy not named Ken Shamrock was before 9/11 (Elvis Sinosic by cut) and hasn’t won a fight in four years.

How far have you fallen when a guy that lost to a 1992 gold medalist is calling you out?

  • Symbul

    You crack wise, but don’t us tell you don’t wanna see it!

  • Rodriguez

    “the last time he finished a guy not named Ken Shamrock was before 9/11 (Elvis Sinosic by cut) and hasn’t won a fight in four years”

    Jesus. Stop now, buddy, before you rile me up into a post with the truth about Tito, Huerta, Lesnar, Liddell, Fitch, Marquardt, Barnett – and everyone else people say stupid shit about – that’ll bitch-slap any dumbass”opinion” you and everyone else has.

  • Nachtfalter

    I’d pick Ishii against Tito in a heartbeat. Not that I think he’s a really special talent or anything, but… well… he’s not a borderline cripple. That gives him a significant edge against Mr. Jameson.

    Tito might wanna take a tune-up bout against Kyle Maynard. That’s a match-up he could actually win. I’d still bet he wouldn’t finish Kyle, though…

    But on a serious note, it’s kind of weird Ishii would name Tito Ortiz as dream opponent. I would’ve expected a PRIDE icon like Sakuraba, Wand or Fedor but Mr. Ishii seems to really be an UFC fan. Can’t fault him for that.

    Maybe he should lobby for a fight against Mark Coleman. He’s a UFC Hall of Famer, PRIDE Legend, Free Agent… and Ishii would probably beat him. Perfect pick.

  • Jim

    Jesus H Christ, are you kidding me? Tito would fucking clown Ishii, it would be a complete mismatch.

  • Nachtfalter

    What does the ‘H’ between Jesus and Christ stand for? Homophobe? ‘Cause that would make Ratzinger happy…

    And… you know… if the third paragraph starts with “on a serious note” and before that I talk about a Tito Ortiz / Kyle Maynard match-up… well… draw your own conclusions as to my sincerity.

  • Jim

    H means hallowed – I grew up in catholic country, if your going to take baby Jesus’s name in vein, it’s polite to have at least one ‘hallowed’ in there. Helps keep the brain conditioned for faith.

  • thingvolds

    ishii was gonna be a big deal signing for the ufc, until dana realized he sucked. ishii trained at a few big camps in the usa and got his ass handed to him. hes made progress while back in japan, but i doubt he could beat any hw or lhw in the ufc. maybe in two years they can consider him again.

  • subo

    Rod – You only seem to speak when I piss you off enough, so please, argue why Tito shouldn’t be cut. Point to other UFC fighters that haven’t had to earn it elsewhere with a shit streak like his.

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