Satoshi Ishii (top) earned a technical submission win over Katsuyori Shibata in their MMA contest at the K-1 World MAX 2010 Final in Tokyo on Monday. Ishii scored an early takedown, flattened Shibata out, and wrenched a kimura from knee-on-belly position which forced referee Yuji Shimada to call a halt to the bout at 3:30 of the first round. Ishii improved to 3-1 with three straight wins since dropping his debut to Hidehiko Yoshida last New Year's Eve. Photo by Sportsnavi.
Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (2-1) will take on last-minute replacement Katsuyori Shibata (4-9-1) in an MMA rules bout at Monday's 2010 K-1 World MAX Final in Tokyo. Shibata -- a pro wrestling convert and pupil of Kazushi Sakuraba -- was announced by Fighting and Entertainment Group on Sunday afternoon after Ishii's original opponent, kickboxer Antz Nansen, failed his pre-fight medicals due to a pre-existing injury. Photo by GBRing.
Satoshi Ishii will face kickboxer Antz Nansen in a DREAM rules bout at the K-1 World MAX 2010 Final on Nov. 8, parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group announced via Ustream on Wednesday. Ishii appeared on the webcast in a pre-recorded message from Los Angeles, where he's currently training. Ishii will not be the first Olympic judoka Nansen has met: on Sept. 23, 2009, the New Zealand native TKO'd 2004 silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi in both men's MMA debut.