Satoshi Ishii: “I would like a rematch with Fedor”
Two weeks ago PFL launched its second regular season in the heavyweight division where 12 fighters will fight for qualification and then – for the championship belt and $1M in prize, according to gran-prix system.
One of the participants is Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (22-8-1) who faced Zeke Tunei Wily. Ishii won by split decision in a tough competitive fight that lasted all three rounds. HARCORD team contacted Satoshi for an exclusive interview to know his thoughts on the fight and plans for the future.
“He was tough and big, and his MMA was good than I expected,” Ishii says. “I hope that he will be in tournament. I definitely think the fight was I clearly win. But I always explore what I need to improve myself and I learn from the fight. I realized that I’m tougher than cheap salami.”
It was recently announced that Fedor Emelianenko has signed a new contract with Bellator that suggests an opportunity to fight within RIZIN where Ishii fought against the “Last Emperor” in 2011. The Japanese lost by a first-round KO but it was his seventh professional fight only and, given the experience Ishii has already gained in these years, he doesn’t mind to close the loss.
“I would like that [to fight Fedor]. I fought against him it was beginning of my career. I wanna fight in cage and I have confidence to win the fight. I can fight anytime, anyone and anywhere. It’s as catch wrestler.”
Last weekend Ishii’s fellow countryman Kyoji Horiguti won Bellator bantamweight title after defeating Darrion Caldwell. That said, he already has RIZIN belt, so he is now the champion in both organizations. As it turned out, Satoshi not only missed the fight, he doesn’t regard Japan as his home country anymore. He moved to Croatia and gave rather short and simple answer to that:
“I didn’t watch. But I would say to him congratulations. And There is not my country anymore. Why? Simple, I love Croatia more than Japan.”
Currently, Satoshi Ishii is on an impressive seven-wins streak in a row. He has performed in such organizations as RIZIN, Bellator, KSW, and PFL, as well as fought such famous fighters as Jérôme Le Banner, Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, and Mirko “Cro” Cop.