Japanese Olympic judo gold medalist returns to U.S. MMA after four years away

Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (36-Croatia) returns to the American mixed martial arts scene.

On August 4 (local time), the Boeing Center @ Tech Fort in San Antonio, Georgia, USA, will host the quarterfinals of the 2023 Professional Fighters League light heavyweight and featherweight tournaments 토토 가입머니.

Ishii will face Danilu Marquez (38-Brazil) in a heavyweight (-120 kg) showcase bout.

Ishii and Marquez both competed in the PFL Heavyweight division in 2019, with Ishii going 1-1 this season.

Ishii was recognized as a top judo -100kg prospect after winning the 2004 Asian and World Youth Championships.

After a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games, he moved up a weight class to win the unlimited at the 2007 FISU World Games (Universiade) and the +100 kg at the 2008 Olympics.

His dominance in an event with no weight limit meant he became the undisputed world number one. That’s why the judo world was shocked when Ishii switched to mixed martial arts in 2009.

By now, Ishii is a 38-fight veteran with a record of 26-1-1 and 13-0. His unanimous decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (47-USA) is his biggest accomplishment.

Márquez went 2-2 in the UFC from 2020-2022 as the Brazilian Gladiator Combat Fight middleweight (-84 kg) champion.

For Ishii, overcoming his size disadvantage will be key, with a height of 180-198 centimeters and a wingspan (arms + shoulders) of 188-197 centimeters.

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