Oh ish! Ishii's Sengoku Debut Delayed

Written by Tom Ngo
June 26th, 2009

Satoshi Ishii

Satoshi Ishii, a Judo gold medalist at this year’s 2008 Beijing Olympic games, was expected to make his professional MMA debut for World Victory Road in August, however it appears that an injury has pushed his fight back until November 7th at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Eleventh Battle.”

According to Daily Sports, Ishii recently had a “minor” hernia surgery, prompting the delay.

Once the Japanese star announced his intentions to enter the world of mixed martial arts, every MMA organization on the planet pounded down his door requesting his services.

The 22-year-old was in extensive talks with the UFC before deciding that fighting in front of his hometown peeps for World Victory Road was where he wanted to be.

Before the sweat had dried off his Olympic-winning forehead, the heavyweight wasted no time in calling out the world’s best in Fedor Emelianenko, as well as the WAMMA champ’s “Affliction: Trilogy” foe Josh Barnett.

Although WVR has yet to assign Ishii an opponent, it is possible that he could compete in Sengoku’s highly talked about Heavyweight Grand Prix, which is rumored to feature the likes of  former Strikeforce champ Antonio Silva and the aforementioned Barnett.

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