Mirko Cro Cop to Fight Satoshi Ishii in MMA Bout at IGF in Japan

June 17, 2014
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Cro Cop vs Wanderlei SilvaFormer Olympic gold medallist Satoshi Ishii will look to further his claim to being one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world when he takes on UFC, Pride and K-1 veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the main event of IGF’s upcoming August card.

The event is set for the Ryougoku Sumo Hall on Aug. 23 and will see Ishii (12-2-1) put his eight-fight winning streak on the line against an opponent who has legendary status in the sport, but has struggled in recent fights.

Cro Cop (28-11-2-1) turns 40 later this year and has won only one of his last five fights, but he remains a devastating striker and that makes him a dangerous opponent for Ishii, who is still primarily a Judoka.

This will be Ishii’s eighth fight for IGF and six of his wins for the promotion have come at the expense of UFC veterans, establishing the sixth dan Judo black belt as the most exciting heavyweight prospect in Asia at present.

IGF was founded by Japanese politician and former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in 2007. The promotion has emerged as a major player on the country’s MMA scene in recent years with regular events featuring some big names like Shinya Aoki and Ikuhisa Minowa.

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  • Seth

    See? Nobody cares. IGF is just another pro-wrestling thing, trying to convince people they are legit now. Only thing Mirko is good for anyway.

    • blob

      What are you good for ?

      • Seth

        Most likely more than you. If you care for him and that news puts a big smile on your face, good for you. You are one happy man, that doesn’t need much to be happy – which will help you live you life with nothing but happiness.

        • blob

          making sense and Seth are two opposites I guess.

          • Seth

            Just use google.

            “Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) is a professional wrestling promotion in Japan founded by Antonio Inoki in 2007.”

  • Manuel Lopez

    The man has to make a living. Sad though, to see such a great fighter who obviously didn’t invest his money well apparently. I can only assume since he can’t call it quits.

  • Gary Fredericks

    *sigh* Say it isn’t so….