Gold Medalist Judoka, Ishii Signs With PFL

Just over a month away from the start of their second season, the Professional Fighters League have added more names to the 2019 roster.

On Monday, Ray Sefo announced eight more fighters that will enter the PFL’s second season, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii, who will fight at heavyweight.

“We have assembled the best available talent from around the world in what proved to be a challenging, highly competitive selection process. More than half of our 2019 roster will be making their PFL debut in 2019,” said Ray Sefo, President of PFL Fighter Operations.

“68 fighters will compete on the biggest stage in primetime on Thursday nights, looking to earn a playoff spot and a shot at being a champion. Every fight matters in our season-format, so fans can expect to see action packed fights across six divisions. We’ve elevated our roster, now it’s time to elevate the sport beginning May 9.”

For the other selections announced on Monday, look below.

Round 3 Highlights – The Selections:
Satoshi Ishii (Croatia), 2019 Heavyweight Contender
At just 21 years old, Satoshi Ishii won Olympic gold in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Before his gold medal performance, he earned silver at the 2006 Asian Games and won two All-Japan Judo Championships. Satoshi retired from judo at the very height of his career to pursue his dream of becoming a professional MMA fighter. Now, Ishii will look to build on his 20-8-1 career record and claim the PFL Heavyweight title.

Jorge Gonzalez (Mexico), 2019 Light Heavyweight Contender
Jorge “George St.” Gonzalez, hailing from Mexico City, has won six fights in a row, all by first-round stoppage. Of those six fights, five were knockouts and one submission. Gonzalez has a career 15-4 record.

Damon Jackson (USA), 2019 Featherweight Contender
Damon “The Leech” Jackson joins the PFL from Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he held the Featherweight title. Since going pro in 2012, Jackson has competed in the UFC, Bellator, King of the Cage and Legacy FC, compiling a 16–2–1 record.

Jeremy Kennedy (Canada), 2019 Featherweight Contender
One of the top young fighters from Canada, Jeremy “The Bandit” Kennedy joins a stacked PFL Featherweight division. He holds a 13-1 career record, including a 3-1 run at the UFC.

Ronys Torres (Brazil), 2019 Lightweight Contender
Brazilian fighter Ronys Torres joins the PFL with an impressive 37–6 career record. 20 of those wins are by submission while fighting around the world for the UFC, WSOF, Road FC (South Korea) and Jungle Fights (Brazil). His nickname, “Jungle Boy,” is a nod to having been born and raised in Manacapuru, Brazil, a small town on the banks of the Amazon River. Torres will continue his tradition of wearing an Amazonian headpiece to weigh-ins with the PFL.

Chris Curtis (USA), 2019 Welterweight Contender
Cincinnati, OH native Chris “The Action Man” Curtis joins the PFL Welterweight division. Curtis has a 20-5 career record and enters the PFL on a seven-fight win streak, with his last win coming over UFC veteran Matt Dwyer in a brutal slug fest.

Francimar Barroso (Brazil), 2019 Heavyweight Contender
Nicknamed “Bodao,” Francimar Barroso was the #1 seed in the 2018 PFL Heavyweight division heading into the playoffs. He lost in the quarterfinals in an upset to the #8 seed in the division. He returns looking to regain the top spot and finish as champion. He holds a career 22–7–1 record.

Rashid Yusupov (Russia), 2019 Light Heavyweight Contender
Rashid Yusupov makes his return to the PFL after his season ended early last year following a broken jaw suffered against Rakim Cleveland at PFL 2. His bout with Rakim at PFL 2 was the first loss of his career. He is 10–1 entering the 2019 PFL season.


Report: My MMA News

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