RIZIN Interview with King of Pancrase Ishiwatari

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RIZIN Interview with King of Pancrase Ishiwatari

Post by CDF47 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:34 am

Shintaro Ishiwatari looks for revenge against Kyoji Horiguchi during the RIZIN World GP 2017

The current King of Pancrase is riding a 4 fight winning streak with notable wins over the names such as Takafumi Otsuka, Victor Henry, Johnathan Brookins and Rafael Silva. Many thought that he was just a phone call away from the UFC, but Ishiwatari has decided to participate in RIZIN’s world GP.

“For me, it’s all about me beating tough, international fighters. Now that there is a platform where tough international fighters are coming to, there is no need for me to fight outside of Japan.” Said the humble but confident champion. The 32 year old has an impressive 22-6-4 professional record, but there is one particular loss that he would like to get revenge on.

Shintaro Ishiwatari and Kyoji Horiguchi have met in the cage back in 2013 under the VTJ platform, where they put on a brawl of the year, with Horiguchi stopping Ishiwatari at 41 seconds into the 5th round.

“I’ve been watching his fights after I lost”, he says about the former UFC title challenger. “I study off of his fights, to make myself a better fighter. Most fighters have a time period where you hit a wall and stop improving, a time where you struggle. But he just continues to evolve like simple math. His fight IQ is high, his overall skill levels are high, and there is a lot to learn from him.”

The 11th year veteran has pretty much seen everything in the Japanese MMA scene and has established himself as one of the top Bantamweights in Japan. Yet he is still looking for new things to improve his game. “I think this sport is still evolving at an extremely fast rate, and new techniques and skills are being born every day. I think it is important to keep up with the rest of the world. I don’t think my technique is out of date, but I am always curious of new skill, even executed by lower profile fighters.”

Ishiwatari will be facing Fight Night Global’s newcomer Akhmed Musakaev in the opening round of the Grand Prix on October 15th at the Fukuoka Marinemesse Arena.

Confirmed bouts:
[Women’s Super Atom weight GP opening round]
RENA vs Andy Nguyen
Miyuu Yamamoto vs Irene Rivera
Saori Ishioka / Kanna Asakura vs Sylwia Juskiewicz
Alyssa Garcia vs Maria Oliveira

[Bantamweight GP opening round Bracket B]
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs Akhmed Musakaev
Erson Yamamoto vs Manel Kape
TBA vs TBA

[Grappling match]
Kazushi Sakuraba vs Dan Henderson

RIZIN FIGHTING FEDERATION WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2017
Bantamweight Tournament & Women’s Super Atom weight tournament – AUTUMN
Doors open at 12:30 pm, Opening Ceremony at 2:00 pm on October 15th at the Fukuoka
Marinemesse Arena.
Tickets can be purchased at www.stubhub.com

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Re: RIZIN Interview with King of Pancrase Ishiwatari

Post by CDF47 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:39 am

Can't wait to see the King of Pancrase in the RIZIN GP!

What a great addition to the tournament. The first round was great, so I can't wait until this next portion kicks off.

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