Recap: Satoshi Ishii vs. Jeff Monson at M-1 Challenge 42

Japanese Heavyweight Satoshi Ishii fought this past weekend at M-1 Challenge 42 in Russia. His opponent was MMA veteran Jeff Monson.

The Olympic gold medalist (Ishii) was 9-2-1 prior to the fight, and was riding a 5-fight win streak since coming up short at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko in 2011.

Monson (49-16-1) who’s been around the sport for 16 years came into the bout on a 3-fight losing streak. The 42-year-old would look to get back on track with a win over Ishii.

Round 1: The pair touch gloves and the Main Event is underway. Satoshi moves forward throwing out a jab following it up with a leg kick. Ishii looks to go to the body early. Jeff moves forward, but just can’t find his range to land anything. Satoshi does a good job at circling away from his opponent. Final minute of the first round and Ishii looks comfortable. Monson clinches up to try and get it to the ground, Ishii easily fends off the takedown and winds up landing on top in half guard. Satoshi stays heavy smothering Monson, Jeff is still throwing up strikes from his back. Ishi postures up, but it’s Monson who lands more from the bottom. Both throwing punches as the round comes to an end.

FSA scores Round 1 for Ishii 10-9.

Round 2: Southpaw Ishii comes out fast landing a good shot followed by a leg kick to start the round. He goes to the body, and Monson counters. Satoshi throws a wild overhand left, that gives Monson a chance to tie him up. Jeff lands two nice shots to the body, he tries to get an inside trip on the Judo ace, but is unsuccessful. Both fighters still clinched, Ishii hits a simple Harai goshi to land in side control. Again, Satoshi stays heavy on top trying to smother his opponent. He looks to trap Monson’s arm but can’t and in doing so gives up his position, Jeff scrambles back to his feet. Ishii pushes forward, while Jeff tries to counter. Satoshi lands a stiff jab on his Monson’s chin. Ishii comes racing in to close distance, both fighters in the clinch. Again his Judo comes into play, and Ishii lands in side control for a second time in the fight. The decorated grappler Monson can’t get anything going from his back. The referee steps in to stand them up. With twenty seconds left on the clock Satoshi has Jeff up against the ropes. Another takedown for the Japanese fighter. The round comes to an end.

FSA scores Round 2 for Ishii 20-18.

Round 3: Satoshi comes out immediately with a left to the body. Monson lands a good shot of his own, but it’s answered by Ishii who follows up with a hard leg kick. Satoshi closes the distance, and has Monson against the ropes, Jeff throws knees to the body. Ishii breaks away. Monson paws with a left, and Ishii counters. Neither fighter landing anything significant. Both fighters clinch, Jeff lands some good punches. Ishii breaks away again. Satoshi closes the distance and bullies his opponent to the ropes, Monson is really trying to work the body. Referee separates them. Both men throw, but nothing really landing that clean. Ishii pushes Monson towards the ropes for a third time, and Jeff lands a good knee to the chest. Ishii is relentless and at not given Monson any space to breath. Satoshi tries for the inside trip, but can’t get it. Jeff throws short hooks to the face, Ishii answers with his own. They break away and the fight comes to an end. Much better round for Monson.

FSA scores Round 3 for Monson 10-9, Ishii 29-28.

Result: Satoshi Ishii def. Jeff Monson by Majority Decision.

Full Card

Satoshi Ishii def. Jeff Monson by Majority Decision

M-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix Final
Marcin Tybura def. Konstantin Gluhov by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:30 in Round 1

Andrei Semenov def. Gregor Herb by Unanimous Decision

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky def. Vitor Nobrega by TKO at 2:35 in Round 1

Lee Morrison def. Mikhail Malyutin by Unanimous Decision

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