Russow Signs With The UFC, Ishii Passes For Sengoku


Heavyweight prospect Mike Russow (11-1) signs with the UFC and will debut UFC Fight Night 19.

Chicago police officer Mike Russow has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Messages to Russow seeking comment and confirmation were not returned last week after The Times first learned of the signing, but he told Chicago’s MMA that he had signed a four-fight deal with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion.

Though Russow told Chicago’s MMA he did not know when his first fight for the UFC would be, sources close to Russow have told The Times his debut will come on Sept. 16 at Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City. [NWI]

Pictured above as a guest of Dana White’s at UFC 92, Satoshi Ishii, the 2008 Japanese Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo has signed a deal to fight at Sengoku:

A press conference was held in Tokyo today, announcing that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo, Satoshi Ishii, has signed with World Victory Road to fight in their SENGOKU event. No debut date was announced but he is expected to debut within the year. This is easily the biggest signing of the year and a HUGE signing for WVR.

When speaking about the reason he chose SENGOKU he said that in Japan, SENGOKU is the organization he respects the most. He also said that Josh Barnett will face the worlds strongest in Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction. If Josh wins he will become the strongest in the world and with a fighter like that existing in SENGOKU, it will have another attraction. Another reason is that his Judo seniors such as Yoshida, Takimoto, and Nakamura are SENGOKU fighters. [Nightmare of Battle]

Smart move for Ishii, who is still beginner in MMA. Let WVR spoon feed him opponents and get some experience before he makes a run at the improving UFC heavyweight division.

Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii Offered UFC Contract


The 2008 Judo Olympic Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii is in contract negotiations with the UFC, according to Ishii as well as other popular Japanese fighters were scene at last Saturdays UFC 94 event rubbing elbows backstage with UFC President Dana White.

“I talked to Dana White before the event … After he saw my body and found out my weight, he admitted that I should fighting in the heavyweight division.”

Ishii has been training out at American Top Team with top UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves in Coconut Creek, Florida. He plans to cancel his apartment lease in Japan to be able to fight and train all around the world.

“I was disappointed to see BJ lose … However, I believe my teammate Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves will defeat GSP.”

Not so fast UFC, Ishii is also looking at Affliction as a possible US option.