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K-1 tried to get Satoshi Ishii booked for Ariake Colosseum show

By Zach Arnold | December 2, 2010

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Amidst the chaos right now happening for K-1, an interesting report came out today that the promotion tried to book Satoshi Ishii for a fight on their World GP kickboxing event on 12/11 in Tokyo at Ariake Colosseum. Supposedly, the promotion tried to book Ishii in a K-1 rules fight against either Ewerton Teixeira or Jerome Le Banner. The fight offer was promptly turned down by Ishii’s camp. The public stance by Ishii’s camp as to whether or not he will fight on the Dynamite show is currently stated as: ‘unknown.’

The fight offer makes no sense and yet all the sense in the world. Why would Ishii accept a fight against Teixeira or Le Banner? He would get crushed in a stand-up battle. Why put yourself in that position? And yet, for K-1, the inquiry into seeing whether or not they could get Ishii for a stand-up bout says everything you need to know about their confidence level for attracting TV ratings on Fuji TV for this upcoming event. The promotion is going on a show-to-show basis at this point for matchmaking, which correlates with our earlier reporting about fighters being told that matchmaking for the Dynamite show won’t start until after the 12/11 Tokyo event.

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2 Responses to “K-1 tried to get Satoshi Ishii booked for Ariake Colosseum show”

  1. Brad Wharton says:

    Ishii vs JLB or Teixeira in a stand-up fight with clinches/throws permitted might be an option that would interest his camp for NYE. I’d watch it.

  2. Dave says:

    Well, here is the thing. They’ve started offering fights in hopes of getting something signed to announce on the 11th, but in pure FEG fashion it is a mess.

    I’ve heard from fighters and it is; “You are fighting this guy……… or this guy, ok?”


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