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Judo Champ Ishii Wants Cro Cop or Hong Man Choi

(You call it: happy or sad?)

According to a new article translated into English for us by Robert from, Judo olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii says he is definitely getting into MMA, and he wants to fight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and…Hong Man Choi?

Japan’s Olympic gold medallist Satoshi Ishii has quit judo to enter mixed martials arts. His ultimate goal is to fight the likes of Mirko Cro Cop and Hong Man Choi also known as the “Techno Goliath”.

The Reuters articles mistakenly nicknames Mirko Filipovic as the ‘Terminator’, although the Croatian fighter has not fought under that name but is widely known among fans as ‘Cro Cop’.

‘This is a new chapter in my life and I’ll have to now start from scratch or with a white belt. Mixed Martials Arts has the words best fighters and I wanted to face many of them even before I won my Judo gold medal . I want to get myself in good shape and want to face the best as soon as possible. There’s no need to hide. That’s is my goal.” Said the 21 year old Ishii.

Let’s say you’re Cro Cop and you hear this. Are you psyched for a potential big money fight with Japan’s most recent judo hero? Or are you blinded with rage at being mentioned alongside Hong Man Choi, as if the two of you are interchangeable? I have to think it’s the second one, but Cro Cop has baffled me before.

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CroCopFan- December 18, 2008 at 10:00 am
Jugger why dont you try to get 3 punches into your balls withn 5 mins and try to continue to fight i belive even some girl would beat you its not normal hit its 10x normal hit and taking alot of energy and concentration and i belive alistar overeem did it on purpose how can you hit accidently 3 times in a row someone in balls and you know its forbbiden?
hlem- November 3, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Re: Cro-cop big in Japan.

Japan has a lot more non-harcore mma fans than America does, and once someone like cro-cop has manged to get known to those sorts of fans, they'll continue to draw even if their performance slips.
hlem- November 3, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Re: Cro-cop big in Japan.

Japan has a lot more non-harcore mma fans than America does, and once someone like cro-cop has manged to get known to those sorts of fans, they'll continue to draw even if they're performance slips.
Jugger- November 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm
I figured that CroCop would be flattered that someone out there still considers him a legitimate test. Headline could have said "Judo Champ Ishii Wants to fight unranked, injury-plagued, UFC outcast." Although, I hear CroCop is still huge in Japan... in spite of the fact he looked completely out-gunned against Overreem, up until he decided to play Hide The Testicle.
TUF Guy- November 3, 2008 at 5:43 pm
Cro Cop would burst every arterie in that chumps body.
eelcozy- November 3, 2008 at 5:33 pm
@greenseed: simple, fight in pancrase a bunch. they give out draws like Halloween candy.
Jimbo- November 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Poor Cro Cop, nowadays everybody wants to fight him to make a name for themselves..... maybe he should retire.....
Old, Bald and Irish- November 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm
- Photo caption: You call it: happy or sad? -

Actually, that photo was taken as Ishii was watching the replay of the Cro Cop vs Overeem match where Mirko takes the third knee to his "twigs and berries".

I also had a similar reaction...

Unfortunately, Cro Cop is entering into the territory where his name could be interchangeable with Hong Man Choi. I mean that from the sense of both of them being well known names in the MMA world of Asia, but not neccessarily the best MMA fighters. The Cro Cop of old should be offended, but the post UFC Cro Cop has ended up in a different place.

By the way, I thought that Hong Man Choi was done with MMA because of his eyes? He failed the South Korean army medical exam because of pressure in his eyes due to glandular problems, if I recall correctly. there was a large risk of blindness for him. I thought this would finish his MMA career.

I gotta admit, Hong Man Choi cracks me up! I love the guy!

Best. MMA. Commercial. Ever.

More fun from Hong Man Choi:
greenseed- November 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm
^ unrelated to said post.... just a noon time brainsqueezer
greenseed- November 3, 2008 at 5:21 pm
HONG FTW by smother

but seriously how does a guy get 9 draws?!

Satoru-Kitaoka 23 - 8 - 9

Horror Fighter- November 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm
Satoshi over Cro Cop by head kick.
Shawn- November 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm
I wonder if Cro Cop will tar and feather himself if he were to lose to Ishii. I'm calling bullshit on that BTW - he won't do it.