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Ishii Robbed Against Filho at Amazon FC

Ishii Robbed Against Filho at Amazon FC

September 17, 2011

EXCERPT-The judging was more brutal elsewhere, as former WEC champion Paulo Filho escaped with an undeserved draw against 2008 Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in their light heavyweight contest.

While he did seem in better shape than in his previous two fights, Filho was outmuscled by the 24-year-old Ishii for the duration of the bout and didn’t manage to get a single takedown. Ishii’s game plan was clear from the start, as he looked to push Filho against the fence and smother him with punches, elbows and knees from the clinch.

The strategy worked well, as Filho had little offense, was badly cut, and Ishii appeared to win every round. However, what seemed like a straightforward 30-27 decision was announced an unbelievable draw, with boos showering the cage.

“Ishii was better than me tonight. I thought he won,” said Filho, who held up Ishii’s arm in victory after the verdict was announced. “Honestly, I don’t think I win this fight. I’m open to a rematch.”

Source: Sherdog