Satoshi Ishii triumphs in Serbia
Satoshi Ishii has a busy couple of weeks coming up. On March 2nd he challenges for the heavyweight title at Heat 44 and he warmed up for that with a quickfire win in Serbia this weekend.
Ishii faced Rodrigo Carlos at Serbian Battle Championship 44. Last December he became the promotion’s heavyweight title and the Japanese veteran was making the first defence of that belt in Sombor.
Most heavyweights would hesitate to accept two five round title fights in the space of two weeks. But the former Olympic gold medalist Judoka needed little more than 90 seconds to stop the Brazilian.
Carlos was pawing away with his jab hand at the start of the fight as if trying to feel out Ishii’s range. He soon settled for retreat mode as the Japanese heavyweight moved forwards and attacked with kicks.
The Brazilian responded with a takedown attempt but Ishii stuffed it easily and ended up in side control following a brief scramble. From there he was in complete control, briefly taking his opponent’s back before moving from side control to half guard.
Ishii began to throw short elbows and Carlos responded by rolling face first onto the canvass and giving up his back. It was effectively an invitation to finish the fight and one Ishii did not decline.
The Japanese fighter attacked his prone opponent with hammerfists until the referee stepped in and waved it off. With the win Ishii improves to 19-8-1 while Carlos drops to 21-15.