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Due to Japan Earthquake: Satoshii Ishii, Scrapped from Strikeforce Challengers 15

Written on March 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Due to the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster that hit Japan, MMA fighter - Satoshi Ishii - was scrapped from Strikeforce Challengers 15 roster.

Last Monday, Strikeforce officials announced that light heavyweight fighter, Lorenz Larkin, will step in to replace Satoshi Ishii to face Scott Lighty on Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers 15. Satoshi Ishii’s participation was another casualty of the recent Japan earthquake. Due to the cataclysmic event, the fighter was unable to secure a visa in time for the fight.

“This is definitely a step up for me, but I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge. Lighty’s a good fighter with a lot of experience. But I’ve trained hard, I’m in good shape and I’m confident,” Lorenz Larkin said.

Fighting Insider is hoping that Japan will recover soon, and that fans may see more Japanese MMA fighters in the next tourneys.

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DREAM.16 Adds Ishii-Minowa at the 11th Hour

Written on September 23, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The DREAM.16 line up is not yet polished, as the FEG and World Victory Road added the Ikuhisa Minowa vs Satoshi Ishii bout for the upcoming event. Will Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa flails his Minowaman fashion against Ishii?

Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) and World Victory Road officials held a last-minute press conference last Wednesday, to announce an Ikuhisa Minowa vs Satoshi Ishii open weight match for DREAM.16. According to previous reports, Ishii is set to fight for Sengoku Raiden Championship later this year, but no solid plans was revealed by neither the fighter nor the promotion.

But World Victory Road President, Toru Mukai, said that Ishii has only one fight left on his contract — one which allows him to contend in other promotions provided that SRC held first right to negotiations. However, SRC gave the fighter a wider reign to compete in other MMA promotion as they change the clause in the fighter’s contract. Due to that, Satoshi Ishii is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be able to fight in the K-1 world grand prix someday. And as it stands, the Minowa – Ishii bout rounds the DREAM.16 lineup.

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