Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii Offered UFC Contract



The 2008 Judo Olympic Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii is in contract negotiations with the UFC, according to Kamipro.com. Ishii as well as other popular Japanese fighters were scene at last Saturdays UFC 94 event rubbing elbows backstage with UFC President Dana White.

“I talked to Dana White before the event … After he saw my body and found out my weight, he admitted that I should fighting in the heavyweight division.”

Ishii has been training out at American Top Team with top UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves in Coconut Creek, Florida. He plans to cancel his apartment lease in Japan to be able to fight and train all around the world.

“I was disappointed to see BJ lose … However, I believe my teammate Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves will defeat GSP.”

Not so fast UFC, Ishii is also looking at Affliction as a possible US option.


  1. T.R.

    February 3, 2009 at 5:01 am

    is this the same guy who called out fedor after he won his medal? if i remember right they asked him what was next for him and he said "the last emperor." I wonder what dana is up to.

  2. kom34

    February 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

    it's not a judo match though so this guy would get owned by fedor.

  3. dane drebin

    February 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    i fight between this guy and fedor woul be uglier than his left ear. i do judo and love the sprt but come on lets be serious you need a lot more than any one martial art to beat fedor.

  4. Palace on Wheel Indi

    February 3, 2009 at 7:41 pm


    Olympic gold medalist win is not easy stuff, by hard labour and constant mentallity can a person win this .

  5. dane drebin

    February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    im sure he has the work ethic and natural ability to become very good in mma but the guy needs to slow his roll and have a few fights before he starts calling out the likes of fedor


    February 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    is this guy already fighting for is he just getting a contract cause he won a medal, its like saying lesnar was qualified cause he was wwf champ. this is retarded

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