Опубликовано: 11 июл 2021
The era of great Pride FC tournaments came to an end in 2007. But the burning desire of Japanese fans of mixed martial arts to see the new fight of Fedor Emelianenko on the eve of the New Year again and again returned the Last Emperor to the hospitable land of the Rising Sun Akurat by December 31.
This also happened in 2011, when, through the joint efforts of the M-1 Global and Dream promotions, Fedor's fight was organized as part of the Dream Fight For Japan tournament. Literally a month and a half before that, he had defeated Jeff Monson and was ready to consolidate his success in front of the audience who filled the majestic Saitama Super Arena to the eyeballs.
And Emelianenko's opponent was the idol of local fans, Satoshi Ishii, who won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and then decided to compete in mixed martial arts. He lost in his debut fight to another legendary judoka Hidehiko Yoshida, but after that he beat four opponents, among them Ikuhisa Minova and Jerome Le Baner, and decided that he was ready to aim at the fight with the Last Emperor.