It’s still hard to figure out if all that Japanese nuclear reactor shit is being brought under control or getting worse. Way to go, mainstream media. Fortunately, MMA reporting is much more straightforward:
Visa issues have knocked former Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii out of his Strikeforce debut on April 1.
Unbeaten light-heavyweight Lorenz Larkin (8-0) will replace him in a bout against Scott Lighty, Strikeforce confirmed in a press release.
According to the promotion, Ishii was unable to secure a visa at least partly due to the natural disasters that have struck his home country of Japan over the last few weeks.
I hate to say this is good news considering the reason behind the cancellation, but let’s get Spock for a moment: it’s obviously good news. Satoshi Ishii fighting on a Strikeforce Challengers card was fucking dumb. The guy was set to be the savior of Japanese MMA back when he made his debut, and who knows … maybe he still could be if he trains hard and stops having his career mishandled by morons.
At the very least, he only has so much juice left in him to squeeze out, and it should all be squeezed in such a way as to take advantage of his potential in the Japanese market. Hopefully now that Zuffa’s in charge, they realize that. Maybe the already did, if you know what I’m saying.