Mitsuhiro â€œThe Endless Fighterâ€ Ishida (16-4-1) will make his US debut on September 20th when he takes on Justin â€œThe Silverbackâ€ Wilcox (5-2) at Strikeforce at the Mansion 2.
A DREAM, PRIDE, and Shooto veteran, Ishida was defeated by top-ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Shockwave 2006 then rebounded for back-to-back victories over Gilbert Melendez and Bu Kyung Jung. In his most-recent bout in May Ishida was defeated by Caol Uno via second-round submission in the quarterfinals of the DREAM lightweight grand prix.
After starting his career with a 2-2 mark in the welterweight division, Wilcon has dropped to the 155-pound lightweight division and won three-straight, including an August 31st victory over The Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Gabe Ruediger.
Wilcox, a collegiate wrestler who won the NCAA national qualifying tournament as a true freshman, trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.
â€œI love the way they train. They have that grind that Iâ€™m used to from wrestling in college so I feel at home here,” said Wilcox. â€œMy college coach always said if you want to be a champ, you have to surround yourself with champs so I went out to AKA and havenâ€™t lost since.â€
Strikeforce at the Mansion 2 takes place on September 20th at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California and features Anthony Ruiz vs. Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral and Kazuo Misaki vs. Joe Riggs.