Satoshi Ishii training for March 5 Strikeforce

By Daniel Herbertson

Japanese outlet Sports Nippon (popularly known as Sponichi) reported Friday that 24-year-old Beijing judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii is set to make his Strikeforce debut and light heavyweight debut on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Ishii was apparently planned for the Feb. 12 Strikeforce event but visa issues and the lack of a suitable opponent pushed the fight back.

Sponichi also confirmed the Strikeforce’s intentions to hold a Japanese event on April 10. Despite the fact that Ishii has fallen out of favor with the Japanese public he is still a rating draw and would be a big plus for any Japanese event. Unfortunately for the American promotion, Ishii is participating in a triathlon on April 17 and is therefor unable to fight at Strikeforce’s Japanese event.

 

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