Reports which circulated yesterday indicating that Olympic judoka Satoshi Ishii suffered a career-threatening head injury are now being disputed by the 25-year-old’s training partner, MMA veteran Ryo Chonan.
“Satoshi Ishii is just fine,” Chonan says (via TheGarv).
Originally reported by a Japanese publication, Ishii was supposed to have incurred a cerebral edema — dangerous swelling of the brain as a result of fluid build-up, usually from trauma — in his DREAM New Year’s Eve bout against MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. A smallish heavyweight who was making for the waters at 205lbs., Ishii took on the Russian heavyweight in the main event of DREAM’s Genki Desu Ka!! event, which went down on December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, and was knocked out via punches in the first round.
Chonan took umbrage with those who started what he’s calling a false rumor about his friend and training partner.
“The people who spread these false rumors about other people’s lives and livelihoods should just die,” he says.
An Olympic gold medalist in judo, Ishii made his MMA debut in 2009 and has posted a record of 4-2-1 in the time since.