The 2008 Olympic Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii has told media that he was given a formal offer to fight for the UFC heavyweight division.
The 22-year old Japanese native is currently training for American Top Team (ATT) in Coconut Creek, Florida. Although he plans to train in different countries around the world, he enjoys sparring with his teammates over at ATT including #1 UFC welterweight title contender Thiago Alves.
Snip from Ishii as he talks to media during the UFC 94 event:
"I talked to Dana White before the (UFC 94) event…after he saw
my body and found out my weight, he admitted that I should be fighting in
the heavyweight division…(UFC 94) was fantastic…I was disappointed to see BJ (Penn) lose…However, I believe my teammate Thiago 'Pitbull' Alves will defeat GSP (Georges St. Pierre)."