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Satoshi Ishii Off Strikeforce Challengers 15; Hiroyuki Takaya Added to “Diaz vs. Daley”

Satoshi Ishii will have to wait to make his Strikeforce debut, after the 2008 Olympic Judo gold medalist was unable to acquire a visa to leave his native Japan in time to face Scott Lighty at Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers 15 following the recent disaster that struck the country.

Undefeated light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin has replaced Ishii and now meets Lighty on the Showtime-televised main card.

Meanwhile, DREAM featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya will make his Strikeforce debut on the preliminary card of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” on April 9 against Robert Peralta.

Strikeforce Challengers 15 is headlined by Justin Wilcox vs. Rodrigo Damm, while the April 9 event features welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.

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