Satoshi IshiiHas Fedor Emelianenko’s New Years Eve opponent been found? Not exactly, but here’s a potential candidate. Japan’s Satoshi Ishii won the Olympic gold medal in the judo super heavyweight division this past week in Bejing. Apparently, following his win, he said he wanted to fight Fedor.

In Beijing, China, after winning the gold medal in the superheavyweight division in judo this past week, Japan’s Satoshi Ishii said he wanted to fight “Emelianenko Fedor,” as the legendary Russian fighter is known in Japan.

Ishii, 21, has never fought MMA style. The idea of the match may sound laughable to MMA aficionados, but New Year’s Eve in Japan is traditional for gimmick performers, whether they be Japanese entertainment personalities, giants, or athletes who were successful in other sports, doing fights. With Ishii becoming a national hero in Japan and the sport fading in popularity, such a match would draw the kind of interest that Emelianenko against a top fighter could never do.

Fedor recently stated he would be fighting a “judo legend or sumo wrestler” on New Years Eve. I suppose Ishii would qualify. Hope he doesn’t mind getting punched in the face. I heard Fedor’s pretty good at that.

Aren’t ratings fantastic?