April 6, 2013 – Japanese Olympic Judo Gold Medalist and MMA fighter, Satoshi Ishii, returns to USA Judo’s Senior National Championships next weekend to fight in the open division.
Ishii twice took gold at the prestigious All-Japan Championships in Tokyo and gold in the 100+ kg division at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He moved quickly to pursue a career in mixed martial arts but remained a presence on the tatamis, taking gold in the spring of 2011 in the open division at USA Judo’s Senior National Championships.
USA Judo confirmed that Ishii is registered to fight in the open division at the Senior National Championships, scheduled to compete on Sunday, April 14, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Ishii wore the U.S. flag on his gi as he dominated the open division at the Senior Nationals in 2011, and it was reported that Ishii said he wanted to earn his U.S. citizenship and compete for the USA. He has not since been on a team for USA Judo, the national governing body for the Olympic sport.
According to MMA website, Sherdog, http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Satoshi-Ishii-41887, Ishii has gone 7-2-1 professionally since December 2009.
For more information on the Senior National Championships, go to: USJUDO.ORG.