Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii likely for New Year’s Eve

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii likely for New Year’s Eve


Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Jeff “The Snowman” Monson in Moscow, it has been confirmed that “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelienenko will face Heavyweight prospect Satoshi Ishii at the Dream New Year’s Eve event in Japan.

M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelstein made the announcment at the M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson post-fight press conference.

Ishii (4-1-1) is a Japanese judoka and 2008 Olympic gold medalist. Following a unanimous decision loss to Hidehiko Yoshida in his 2009 professional debut, Ishii reeled-off four consecutive victories, including wins over Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa and kickboxer Jerome “Geronimo” Le Banner, before battling to a draw with Paulo Filho in his most recent effort.

Emelianenko (32-4), meanwhile, will look to close out 2011 with a two-fight winning streak after dropping three straight prior to his win over Monson. Once touted as the pound for pound best fighter in the world, the Russian was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in 2010, which was followed by back to back defeats against Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson in 2011.

Dream’s New Year’s Eve event is expected to take place December 31st from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Also set to be featured is a Lightweight clash between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Kazuyuki Miyata and a Welterweight bout pitting Hayato Sakurai against Ryo Chonan.

Further Reading: Fedor Emelianenko gets back on track with a Unanimous Decision victory over Jeff Monson

Photo: Francis Specker

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Fluidity Fluidity

    I’m sorry, who ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/borealis19 borealis19

    The article says “Olympic Gold Medalist” in Judo…I guess that answers your question…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/p4pfedor p4pfedor

    Satoshi Ishii, not a huge name, but dont say who like that it makes you look like you dont have the knowledge to be posting on an mma website

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/pdidi911 pdidi911

    why is this guy still relevant? Same applies with that idiot kimbo slice. You’ll post stupid stuff like this but not one article on the boxing fight last weekend…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Fluidity Fluidity

    I’m a huge mma fan and i’m not saying by any means that i know everything but i’m a pretty well educated borderline hardcore mma fan. Having said that, i don’t know everything about every sport and I didn’t know who that guy was. Now i guess i do.
    However, being a judo olympic gold medalist doesn’t mean he’s a great challenge for one of the best mma fighters out there. So the irony you felt in my tone was there for that reason.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ILoveMMA ILoveMMA

    relevant ? maybe because he is a ICON of the sport

    go watch WWE

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RabbitPuncher RabbitPuncher

    Satoshi Ishii is the real as far Judo goes. In the couple of MMA fights I’ve watched of his, he still seemed to be transitioning his game from one of pure Judo. He is a decent Judo style wrestler which means he works for position and tends to hold on. Most judo competitions only allow the competitors to do mat work for a very short period of time before they are stood up by the ref. Ishii does have a pretty hefty arsenal of throw at his disposal and he’s a very strong guy. Could be interesting if this match turns into Judo vs Sambo fight. Fedor was at one point considered a world class Judoka himself and #3 three in Russia. This may not be a big name match-up, but I think it is interesting fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

    why wouldn’t he be relevant? he’s a legend of the sport. you call yourself an mma fan??

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

    I’m sorry, who the **** are you?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/s2681043 s2681043

    I think fedor may be able to control Satoshi with his throws and wrestling, tho Satoshi should be able to out kickbox fedor in this one. so depense if fedor can get this to the mat.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/xmurderer x murderer

    i’m not impressed by his performance.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jdnextchamp jdnextchamp

    it’ll be difficult for satoshi to take fedor down and in stand-up fedor has an indescriptible advantage.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

    yeah but Fedor is not fighting for ranking and he’s not fighting for the UFC, so if one enjoys his fights, as I do, it really isn’t one’s role to judge his opponents in this way.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

    Right, but you are impressed by George Safe Pierre, I’m suuuuuuure………….

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mmafedor mmafedor

    Fedor too cautious. He didn’t rush the fight even he could exploit Jeff weakness outright. Nothing in the world that you have to prove Fedor simply because are the legend of the sports. Congrats Fedor! God bless!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ryan22 Ryan22

    fedor…is not a legend sorry that’s just what m1 wants people to believe….i could go ten years undefeated too if you give me a bunch of hackjobs like fedors opponents. i mean dude got a ud over babalu…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle

    From what I could tell, Satoshi Ishii has fought, or almost fought in MMA with Pride and Dream and beat Jerome LeBanner.

    It maybe that Fedor is working on a new fighting style and wants to bring it along slowly.

    Or because of his organizational difficulties, these are the best fights he can get. I don’t think this level of competition will get him into the UFC, but maybe he doesn’t care about that,

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ryan22 Ryan22

    Or maybe he learned his lesson from fighting some higher skilled guys I mean he got destroyed by silva werdum and hendo. But he beat brett rodgers…who gives two shits? He going back to his “prime” days , fighting guys he’s supposed to beat. Like I said before his managment is pretty much the mob. There building him up to make money. On paper fedors a beast. Ten years undefeated…but against no one special.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Fluidity Fluidity

    He’s one of my fav fighters ever so i enjoy his fights a lot. But I would rather see him fight fighters ranked above this judo guy. Otherwise people are gonna keep talking shit about him.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/xmurderer x murderer

    no…not at all. I dislike that he’s only playing it safe…although he’s successful and you can’t blame him for executing a strategic gameplan.
    I’m a big fedor fan. but I was just obvious that monson was TOTALLY outmatched. I didn’t get why they made this fight happen in the first place. to make fedor regain his confidence? like the commentator said: its like fedors is hitting a heavy bag.
    also I get sick when I have to see wladimir putin support the guy.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/michl michl

    you’re a hater. stay objective. he was only “destroyed” by silva. “no one special” … like crocop, minotauro, schildt? “guys he’s supposed to beat” … yeah, in retrospective maybe. but consider these were the top guys back then, and he was working his way up in inspiring fashion. in the meantime one must admit he isn’t top level anymore if he doesn’t evolve his game. it seems he will now. let’s see how it turns out. but you can’t deny he’s a legend. if not him, who then…?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mauromina mauromina

    you must really be 10 years old for saying something like that. what an ignorant you are!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mauromina mauromina

    ryan is new on mma… he doesnt know that when fedor defeated big nog he defeated probably the number 1 p4p fighter in the world. and then he destroyed him again. he also doesnt know that crocop 6 years ago was destroying everyone and fedor destroyed him in his own game.

    ryan22 is probably a wikipedia kind of guy that watchs mma 2 months ago. a total ignorant. on 2008 fedor also destroyed tim sylvia on 30 seconds. and that just camed on a loss with big nog were he destroyed big nog on 2 rounds and then got submitted. from fedors first win over big nog over his fight to tim sylvia there isnt any doubt that he was the best fighter in the planet.

    leave wikipedia and start watching videos from 8 years ago and you will notice that there wasnt one fighter at fedors level!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    He isn’t in the UFC or SF. Who else should he fight?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    @Ryan22. So because he fought a couple of guys that weren’t that great it somehow diminishes all of his wins over then current top ten guys like Noguiera (twice), Colman (the first time) Cro Cop, Sylvia, etc? Look at some of the bums on Hendo’s or Wanderlei’s records. Everyone has some. If Fedor isn’t a Legend then there aren’t any.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    Did you type that backwards?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    Not only that but Fedor beat Silva the first round. If not for the eye there is a good chance Fedor would have one that fight. We all know Werdum will never repeat his W over Fedor and Dan was almost on queer st himself. That was any man’s fight. The fact of the matter is that on any given night Fedor can still beat anyone in the world at HW and that includes JDS, Cain, Lesner… anyone. Many have had three fight losing streaks and staged come backs. Hendo lost two in a row and look at him now.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jesse jesse

    i dont get what it is about fedor fans, no matter what opponent is put infront of him, you guys will find a way to convince yourselves that he is top level. i dont know anything about this ishii guy besides what i just read, but all i need to know is that he made his mma debut 2 years ago. and i dont know why anoyone who sais anything negative about fedor gets bashed by every one. yes, fedor USED to be #1, back when big nog and cro cop were known as top hw’s. chuck liddel used to be one the best fighters in the world at one point, same with randy coture, vitor belfort, bj penn, ect. you dont see any one talk about any of those fighter today like people do about fedor. i dont dislike fedor himself but his fans have made me hate him.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/fightgame fightgame

    I am interested in all Fedor fights, I do not care who he fights or whether he wins or loses. The most charismatic fighter out there – and never speaks trash. And it never ceases to amaze me – if trash talking is so indispensable, how come Fedor is so famous?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    Wow, you hate a guy because you don’t like his fans. With logic like that I will really consider what you have to say. Never mind that there is no one outside of Zuffa for Fedor to fight, he must suck because he isn’t fighting the top competition. It’s like this kid, Fedor has beat top ten competition for ten years. No one is claiming that he is still number one but if you really think that he can’t beat any HW on any given night you don’t know MMA. He got caught be Werdum (top 15) on the freak. He won a round and got dominated for a round by Silva (top 10). He could have come back and repeated the first round to win or even got a KO if his eye wasn’t swollen. These are the little intangible things that happen in a fight, the element of chance. Hendo was rocked himself in their fight. It was anyone’s fight and when you trade punches like that someone is getting KOd. Fedor is not number one and there are a lot of fighters now with similar ability levels but on any given night he can still beat anyone. Oh, and lots of people talk about today’s fighters the way they used to about Fedor. They just don’t do it for very long.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gaul gaul

    Your biological father…