The Olympic Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (4-1-0) is set to take on MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko (32-4-0) as part of DREAM’s New Year’s eve main event. Although Ishii respects Fedor tremendously, he still feels he has the tools to beat Fedor whether it be standing up or on the ground. Who takes it?
From Satoshi Ishii:
“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.”