Olympic gold medalist
The decorated judoka signed with World Victory Road and will fight for Sengoku in the near future the promotion announced on Monday.
The news upends expectations that Ishii was headed for the Octagon.
Last December, he was captured by UFC president
The news drew a stern response from Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) president
"It's unfortunate that the man with the Japanese MMA world on his shoulders is going abroad," Tanigawa then said.
It appears, though, that FEG was not willing or able to sign Ishii in subsequent talks.
In a press conference announcing the signing, Ishii said he was loyal to his homeland and felt Sengoku had the depth of talent desired to make his start. He also expressed his desire to fight
Ishii gave no timetable for his debut.