Satoshi Ishii signs with KSW
It has been a busy week for Japanese heavyweight Satoshi Ishii. On Saturday night he won a fight in Serbia and yesterday Polish promotion KSW announced that the 32 year old had joined its roster:
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) February 18, 2019
Ishii holds a 19-8-1 record and is riding a four fight winning streak. It looks set to be a busy year for the 2008 Olympic gold medalist as he is booked to challenge for the heavyweight title at Heat 44 on March 2nd.
KSW CEO Martin Lewandowski is excited to see the Japanese veteran joining his roster,
“He is one on the finest martial artists on the planet. His credentials in judo speak for themselves and has become a force in MMA with wins over KSW, UFC, ADCC, and K1 champions. I am very excited to see him step foot into the KSW arena and see what he produces,” he said.
The current KSW heavyweight champion is England’s Phil De Fries and Ishi will be looking to establish himself as a contender with a promotion that primarily puts on cards in Poland but has also been to London and Dublin.
Kleber Koike Erbst became the first Japanese fighter to win a KSW title in 2017. He claimed the featherweight belt but lost it a few months later after failing to make weight for his first title defence.