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Filho vs. Ishii Targeted for AFC’s Inaugural Event in Brazil Sept. 14


(Size advantage goes to Ishii; shitty tattoo advantage is all Filho.)

A bout between former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho and Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, presumably at light heavyweight, is being targeted for Amazon Forest Combat’s inaugural event in Manaus-Amazonas, Brazil on September 14. According to a report by TATAME, the promotion is also in talks with several notable ex-Zuffa fighters including Marcus Davis, Nate Marquardt, Patrick Cote and Ronys Torres.

AFC is the upstart promotion Royler Gracie opted to fight for over an Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Grappling Tournament match against Eddie Bravo that he previously agreed to compete in prior to demanding upwards of $75,000 for the bout. The show’s promoters contacted Bravo to instead face Royler in an MMA bout on the September 14 card, but Bravo declined the offer and later stated that it was because he didn’t think it was a a smart move to face a Gracie “in dangerous-ass Brazil.” Black House manager and the AFC’s matchmaker Jorge Guimarães revealed that he originally tried to get Hideo Tokoro, who won the DREAM Bantamweight tournament with a unanimous decision victory over Masakazu Imanari at the Japanese promotion’s Fight for Japan event this past Sunday, but said that the fight fell through.

“Tokoro will probably fight again at Dream in September, so he won’t be able to fight here,” Guimarães said.

It’s interesting that Guimarães is ignoring weight classes when matching the bouts.

Tokoro fights at 134 lbs and Royler hasn’t competed lower than 150. Filho is a natural middleweight who has occasionally fought at 205, whereas Ishii is a heavyweight who hasn’t fought at a lower weight than 240. There was word that he was planning to drop down a class to fight for Strikeforce following his win over Jerome LeBanner at K-1 Dynamite!! in December, but his planned SF debut never came to fruition due to “visa issues.”

Maybe they are planning the bout as an open weight event.

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Fried Taco- July 22, 2011 at 8:53 am
All the BJJ guys in Manaus would've tracked Bravo down and choked him to death with their sweaty gis.
Get Off Me- July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm
Is Filho going to bring his imaginary friend to this fight?
Chromium- July 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Ishii by decision, honestly. Filho is a shell of his former self.
Chromium- July 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Wasn't Ishii signed to Strikeforce? What the hell?
Lesnarischamp- July 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Marquardt vs. Zuluzinho?
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