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On August 23, former Pride Openweight Grand Prix champion, Mirko Cro Cop will face off against the former Olympian, Satoshi Ishii in Japan.
Cro Cop's last MMA fight came in November 2013, where he lost by submission to Oleksiy Oliynyk, who recently won his first UFC fight with the same submission. Prior to that, Cro Cop had fought in December 2012, where he won by submission.
Cro Cop has had two kickboxing matches in 2014. The first was a decision loss to Remy Bonjasky in March, and the second was a decision win over Jarrell Miller in June.
Ishii is a sixth dan in Judo, has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics for judo. In his MMA career, he is 12-2-1 and has been fighting since 2009.
Ishii has won seven fights by decision, four by submission and one by TKO. He has fought and defeated many notable opponents, including Phil De Fries, Jeff Monson, Sean McCorkle, Ikuhisa Minowa, Pedro Rizzo and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Ishii also faced Fedor Emelianenko, but was knocked out inside of two-and-a-half minutes.
Anybody who is a fan of Cro Cop is definitely going to want to check this one out, and as Ishii is only 27 years old, he could become someone to know in the near future.