Satoshi Ishii, the gold medalist in the men’s over-100 kg class at the Beijing Olympics, is planning a return to judo from mixed martial arts, but in the United States, Kyodo News learned on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Ishii turned to MMA in December 2008 after winning the gold that summer in Beijing and finding national fame. He is currently based in Los Angeles.
Ishii has registered and been cleared to compete in the over-100 kg and the 100 kg categories at the April 29-30 national championships in Orlando, Fla.
It will be his first judo bout since the Beijing Olympic final.