Mitsuhiro Ishida. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Top-ranked lightweight (155 lb. limit) mixed martial arts (MMA) gun, Mitsuhiro “The Endless Fighter” Ishida (16-4-1), will make his way from the battlegrounds of Japan for the first time in his seven-year professional career to face former NCAA Division I wrestling stud and rising Team AKA star, Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (5-2), in the cage at Strikeforce’s mega-event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday, September 20th.
Since jumping off to a shaky 2-2 start while fighting at 170 lbs, Wilcox has reset his game plan and reeled off three consecutive victories, including his August 30th conquest of “The Ultimate Fighter” season five cast member, Gabe Ruediger, at a lighter, more comfortable weight.
The 29-year-old native of Cincinnati, Ohio credits the sudden turnaround to his recently formed alliance with San Jose’s Team AKA, the home of Wilcox’s Edinboro University of Pennsylvania wrestling brother, Josh Koscheck.