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Fedor Emelianenko to Face Satoshi Ishii in Japan on New Years Eve

Fedor Emelianenko Strikeforce eye MMA photos
(What? Was Zuluzinho not ready for a rematch?) 

Fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson that snapped the only multiple fight losing streak of his career, word has just broke that Fedor Emelianenko will be fighting in Japan for the first time since his armbar victory over Hong Man Choi at Yarennoka – New Years Eve 2007. As luck would have it, “The Last Emperor” will be fighting on New Years Eve once again, this time under the DREAM banner and against 2008 Olympic gold medal winning Judo practitioner Satoshi Ishii.

Not exactly the freak show bout that Japan (and Fedor) have been known to dabble in, but to call it a mismatch would be somewhat of an understatement. After winning the gold medal in Beijing, China over three years ago, Ishii has built up a 4-1-1 MMA record, with wins over the likes of Ikuhisa Minowa and former K1 great Jerome Le Banner, but has not fought since his draw with pill popper and occasional fighter Paulo Filho back in September. Ishii’s lone loss came in his MMA debut at the hands of fellow Judoka gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida.

Emelianenko, on the other hand, is no stranger to the kind of offense Ishii will bring; he has not only medaled in the Russian National Judo Championships, but is a four time World Combat Sambo champion as well. And along with an experience advantage over Ishii that borders on brobdingnagian, Fedor can also fall back on the fact that he has a pair of Phantasm-esque murderballs for hands and an arsenal of submissions that would give any member of the Gracie family an erection. So yeah, Fedor should be able to take this one with relative ease.

DREAM “Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 2011 will also conclude (finally) DREAM’s bantamweight tournament, featuring the semifinals and final match-ups of the four remaining participants: Antonio Banuelos, Masakazu Imanari, Bibiano Fernandes and Rodolfo Marques.

Genki Desu Ka! is set to transpire December 31st from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.


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kkzhrr- December 13, 2011 at 10:42 am
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ArmFarmer- December 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

I have to agree with you. I read the dudes comment accusing you of writing in a biased way, then I re-read the article specifically looking for bias or even a negative comment about fedor. I found none. I may have said your writing sucks before, but that's due to grammatical mistakes, typos, or run on sentences. You guys all need to work on that, however this article read fine and as usual the content itself was pretty good. That guys just got sand in his vagina.

Do you just crush lines of blow and blather on the internet all day? Half the time I have no idea what you're talking about, the other half I just skip over any comment with "xeno" in front of it. Give it a rest.

CP.. either get rid of the captcha or tell us why you won't.. have some fucking respect for your readers.. jesus.
thenutman69321- December 13, 2011 at 9:36 am
Lol Fedor back to doing what he does best. Padding his record with people he is 100% sure he can beat before he even signs the contracts. Why does he even bother.
nhfghhvg- December 13, 2011 at 3:13 am
Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift

RwilsonR- December 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm
XENO says: Writing, can be like fighting or war.
Danga, please take writing tips from XENO. He was one misplaced comma away from a metaphor almost catchy enough to be said by Forrest Gump. Well, maybe not as coherent...
XENOPHON- December 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Why don't do an article on guessing who Tito's next fight will be with. Winner gets a Mr. Potatohead.
My entry will be, Mark Coleman!
XENOPHON- December 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm
Nothing wrong with your view from here, and Gonzaga would work. Some will say if a fighter is not in the UFC, then he is by default fighting as has been, or second rate can. Surely in a few cases that is true.
What's also true, and that no one ever talks about, or acknowledges is that the same happens in the UFC all the fucking time. I am sure each of you can tick off at least half a dozen fighters who dropped the ball, then got bounced a fight to keep their ratings from dropping.
Matter of fact, I bet that list of fights could be a New York mile long.
Ps....Lets ask KarmaFedoraTheExplora what he thinks.
Hey Karma, your not in the UFC - so does that mean you get offers to fight cans? Do you prefer to fight cans, or are you considered a can?
SethF- December 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm
I'm just glad I get one more chance to watch Fedor crush a freak to bring in the new year. Even if this is the most legit "freak" he's fought on NYE...
Chromium- December 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm
To be fair, Ishii's draw against Filho was bullshit. Ishii won every round.

This should still be a squash match.

The benefits are that it gets Fedor back in Japan, and keep him active. The downside is that it strengthens the "can-crusher" perception since he's taking an easy opponent, and if he does anything less than utterly destroy Ishii it's going to look bad.

Still, if Fedor breezes through Ishii and they can round up a reasonable opponent for his next fight he could stay viable (Gabriel Gonzaga is technically available).
XENOPHON- December 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Hey kid, you get big points tonight with honorable mention. Including the hyperlink to "Phantasm-esque murderballs" is "A" league journalism. Not because I trying to my chicks kids to watch it, but because it spans the age divide on this site.
One way to tell that an article is weak, is when its too hip, and talk about one own childhood quirks. I still think CRUSHCO is the big dog in this house, but you have again shown some potential down the road. Writing, can be like fighting or war.
Its about strategy in your thesis (title), the tactics used to drive into its body (the center mass), and the conclusion - which is all about operational arts - and some intelligence.

I clowned on you last week, so this week you get some applause...
DangadaDang- December 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm
I agree with you completely, and never normally respond to such nonsense. I just wanted to see if any of these fools could actually back up their talk. I forgot, however, that Kimbo's parents probably don't allow him to use the internet after supper. Glad you dug the article.
Xanderschultz- December 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm
@ Danga

Dude, don't get dragged into message board arguing, it's the slipperiest of slippery slopes and a shear waste of time. I enjoyed your article and lol'ed at your Gullivers Travel reference. Now your even for the day.
Xanderschultz- December 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Fedor got subbed by a jitz master (who he floored), knocked out by a knockout master (who he floored), and dominated by a sliver back gorilla posing as a person. Dude still has crazy skills and if he was a 2 to 1 dog to anyone in the heavyweight division (Cain and JDS included), I'd be putting all sorts of money on him still. Guys a beast and has speedy anvils for hands.
DangadaDang- December 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm
It's cool if you want to hate on my articles, but could you at least provide a relative argument, or at least AN argument, as to how this is "Dana-cock sucking?" It's a pretty straightforward article that not once mentions anything about the UFC. Seems like you just read the comments and got all butt hurt. This will be our first and last conversation, so make it a good one.
Also, does anyone seem to notice that my haters appear sexually frustrated to a ridiculous extent, or at least a tad bit homophobic? And we all know what that means.
XENOPHON- December 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm
A can crusher - really.
Lets see any one of you - you who talks shit - to get into the ring that that fucker for even 3 rounds.
Ps...fuck the Marines, Navy Rules! GRIN
Kimbo Lesnar- December 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Unappreciative bastards. You owe Fedor, not the other way around. He is coming back from what must be a substantial psychological disadvantage.

Danga sucks Dana-cock as usual. You suck so bad Danga.
google- December 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Soon, we will be reading articles like this about Overeem
USMCOgre- December 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Back to can crushing. Bum ass Fedor
BryanF- December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm
The old Fedor is back!!! padding his record by crushing cans.