“I would not say that I have any real advantage over Fedor. The man is a legend and has faced all styles. But I am confident wherever this fight goes. Whether we stand and trade or on the ground. As far as my Judo against him, well yes I do feel my Judo will play a big part of this fight if he decides to clinch with me…. Fedor has been at this a very long time and has fought everyone. I respect his accomplishments and look up to him. It is a complete honor to step in the ring with him. No I do not think that he has become a different fighter since Pride. I think he has become a different fighter from his recent losses. He has become more tentative. You can see it in his fight with Jeff Monson. As for weaknesses he is a complete fighter. He can win fights both standing and on the ground… I feel that I will win this fight via decision. I am no longer just a Judoko. Fans will see how far my striking, wrestling, and grappling have come since I started MMA.”
Olympic Gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii talks to lowkick.blitzcorner.com about his upcoming bout on the DREAM year end card against Fedor Emelianenko.
“DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year 2011.” is set to take place on Dec. 31 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air live to the U.S. audience on HDNet.
The Japanese Mixed Martial Artist holds Fedor in the highest regard as a fighter, however after moving to America and joining the ranks of the Reign training center team alongside Mark Munoz he feels confident he can use his Olympic Gold Medal earning Judo to grind out a decision over “The Last Emperor”.
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