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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ishii talks on hold?

Ishii is moving to the U.S. at the end of February to start training with American Top Team. He is also planning to train in Brazil with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as he was invited there by him at UFC 94. He also had some contact with LYOTO (or his father) while there, because of his Japanese origin or something.

And the most important news, Ishii is putting contract negotiations with the UFC on hold for now. As a professional he wants to hear the talk of various organizations. He especially mentioned Affliction and mentioned both Fedor and Sylvia. However, he said that right now the UFC is still the first candidate.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 01:37 PM
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Meh, I don't really care where he goes as long as I get to see him fight.
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I don't really get why everybody is so hyped up about this guy right now, we haven't seen him fight yet, so we don't know if he will be able to take a punch or give one.

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I wouldnt mind seeing him in the UFC but there are a lot of others Japanese fighters I would rather see. At this point I think the UFC just wants to get the most popular Japanese fighters they possibly can so they can break into that market.

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I think hes starting to realize that the UFC will never pay him the kind of money that he could make in Japan right off the bat.

UFC's only reason in reaching out to him so early in my eyes was in an effort to take away the guy who has the best chance of reinvigorating Japanese MMA.

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