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.