Satoshi Ishii has announced through Twitter that he will be facing Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic on the IGF New Years Eve event.
Ishii has to pull out of a previously announced bout that was to take place on today’s M-1 Global 53 in Beijing, as he had sustained a broken rib in training.
Ishii, however, will apparently be recovered in time to continue with his rematch with Cro Cop on Inoki Genome Federation’s year-end event on December 31st.
Ishii was the Heavyweight Champion of IGF when he met Cro Cop at IGF 2. Ishii avoided the worst of Cro Cop’s striking, took him down with a kick, and started ground and pound. However, from the bottom, Cro Cop was able to open up a cut on Ishii’s forehead. As the fight progressed, the cut worsened and finally the ref waived off the fight.