Well, like those old Air Force promos used to say: "Aim high!"
Ishii (4-1-1), who took Brazilian basket case Paulo Filho to a draw last September, is trying to make his mark in "The Land of the Rising Sun" by overcoming "The Last Emperor," who built his career in front of Japanese audiences as a top draw for PRIDE FC.
And if he has to do it by taking this thing to the judge's scorecards, then by God, he will.
From Low Kick:
"I would not say that I have any real advantage over Fedor the man is a legend and has faced all styles. But I am confident wherever this fight goes. Whether we stand and trade or on the ground. As far as my Judo against him, well yes I do feel my Judo will play a big part of this fight if he decides to clinch with me. Fedor has been at this a very long time and has fought everyone. I respect his accomplishments and look up to him. It is a complete honor to step in the ring with him. No I do not think that he has become a different fighter since Pride. I think he has become a different fighter from his recent losses. He has become more tentative. You can see it in his fight with Jeff Monson. As for weaknesses he is a complete fighter. He can win fights both standing and on the ground. I feel that I will win this fight via decision. I am no longer just a Judoko. Fans will see how far my striking, wrestling, and grappling have come since I started MMA."
Emelianenko slammed the brakes on a three-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson last month in Moscow, Russia. While Ishii called the performance "tentative," others called it a more patient and tactical approach.
Will he implement the same gameplan for Ishii? And who wins if he does?