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Satoshi Ishii off to UFC 92

Here’s judo gold medalist and great Japanese hope Satoshi Ishii turning his back on the Japanese MMA scene to go party it up in Las Vegas for UFC 92 and New Year’s Eve. The UFC’s future in Japan basically rests on this guy’s shoulders right now. If he signs with them (which he says will probably happen next time he goes over), then we could be seeing the promotion’s return to the land of the rising sun sometime mid-2009. Of course, that’s all assuming this signage isn’t just smoke and mirrors.