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Satoshi Ishii’s Strikeforce Debut Postponed Due to Visa Problems

(“Well, maybe *you* can’t tell the difference between 18k gold and 14k gold…”)

Though he was slated to face Scott Lighty in a featured light-heavyweight matchup at this Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers event at the Stockton Arena in Sad City, Olympic gold-medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii has been forced to withdraw from the fight. Strikeforce announced this morning that due to the recent natural disasters in Japan, Ishii was unable to acquire a visa permitting him to leave his homeland in time for the event. Stepping in for him will be Lorenz Larkin, an undefeated knockout-artist who is currently 9-0 as a pro, following a 7-0 amateur career.

The Stockton Challengers show — headlined by a lightweight meeting between Justin Wilcox and Rodrigo Damm — would have been Ishii’s first MMA appearance in the United States. After losing his MMA debut in a decision to Hidehiko Yoshida on New Year’s Eve 2009, Ishii went 4-0 in 2010, with notable victories over Ikuhisa Minowa and Jerome Le Banner. Maybe when his visa issues are sorted out, a judoka vs. judoka bout between Ishii and fellow Strikeforce light-heavyweight Rhadi Ferguson is in order.

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Reverend_Clint- March 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm
RwilsonR- March 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm
@ Fried Taco - "Hmmm...where fortune in this cookie?"
RwilsonR- March 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm
HAHAHAHA! "...with notable victories over Ikuhisa Minowa..." Hahahahaha!
The same Ikuhsa Minowa who gave a serious lecture to university students where he gave these pieces of wisdom:
"There are more heavens in Heaven than just Ultra Heaven and Super Heaven. There's Mini Heaven, Splash Heaven and Max Heaven."
"Speaking scientifically, there are only two growth stages (in humans) but I want to stimulate my brain and bring on a 3rd growth stage."
"I'd like to have an honest fight with an alien. If it had 6 arms, it would be difficult to strike with them but if it has legs like a human, I could submit it with leg-locks."
Uppercut Magnet- March 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm
That guy is asian.
scumbag- March 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Yeah uppercut like i said i get the refernce but it has no context to the pic.
Uppercut Magnet- March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Asian people eat fried rice and talk funny.
scumbag- March 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm
hey uppercut!
I don't really care about the played out, negative comment but at least say something that has context. It doesn't even make sense as a caption????
agentsmith- March 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm
I gather from the photo that those Olympics were "special".
Uppercut Magnet- March 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm
intercept440- March 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm
ahhhhh..mabee ia take a dis meduul wiff me to da 209, an ia trade it for ona dos hoodwats dey always talkin bout a fukkin..

ohhh satoshi gon getaa a bigaa wet blow
Booosted- March 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Ishi: Maybe I shouldn't wear this to the 209
Fried Taco- March 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Hmm, maybe it's a cookie.