Satoshi Ishii the same dream a lot of MMA fighters have and that is to make it to the main stage and fight in the UFC, but if he values his good friend Gegard Mousasi’s opinion he will stay right where he is.
Ishii is a fearless competitor who has fought some of the best heavyweights in history. He accepted a fight with Fedor Emelianenko only two years into his career, fought Mirko Cro Cop twice, most recently Quinton “Rampage” Jackson he is a man who loves a challenge. He’s booked next against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 169 in Dublin, Ireland. He has a bigger goal though and that is to one day compete in the UFC.
His good friend, UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi in an interview with metro.co.uk (Reported by Bloody Elbow) says he hopes to persuade Ishii away from the octagon.
“He’s going to be in Dublin soon, I’ll be there,” Mousasi told Metro.co.uk back in October. “He should be able to win that fight. They’re fighting at heavyweight. He should have beaten Quinton Jackson. He could have been a draw or a win for him, but in the last round when he didn’t get that takedown that screwed him up.
“Quinton Jackson is from US and he’s big for Bellator, so they gave him that decision,” Mousasi continued. “But mentally in the right place, he can beat them all. But mentally he has to have that desire. He could fight in the UFC, but they’re not going to pay him a lot. He wants to go to UFC, but I said many times to him, don’t go.”
Mousasi feels that Ishii could do far better financially if he stays with Bellator and pursues opportunities in Japan, because the UFC will not pay him his worth. He knows for Ishii money isn’t the number one priority, but Mousasi would like to see his friend taken care of financially when his career is finished.
“But the guys doesn’t care about money at all,” Mousasi said “But he has to think about his future, but it’s me at the moment who is thinking about his future. So when he’s done fighting he has to be settled. Maybe when he’s made a lot of money he can go to UFC. In the end it’s his choice, but I would advise him not to go to the UFC.”
Satoshi Ishii and King Mo will headline Bellator 169, in Dublin, Ireland on December 16. The event will mark Bellator’s first ever trip to Ireland.