Hidehiko Yoshida

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Hidehiko Yoshida
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Hidehiko Yoshida in 2013.
Born (1969-09-03) September 3, 1969 (age 46)
Obu, Aichi, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Team Yoshida Dojo
Rank Olympian and sixth dan white & red belt in Judo
Years active 2002-2010 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 9
By submission 8
By decision 1
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Hidehiko Yoshida
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona -78 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Barcelona -78 kg
Silver medal – second place 1993 Hamilton -78 kg
Silver medal – second place 1995 Chiba -86 kg
Gold medal – first place 1999 Birmingham -90 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Damascus -78 kg

Hidehiko Yoshida (吉田 秀彦 Yoshida Hidehiko?, born September 3, 1969) is a Japanese gold-medalist judoka and retired mixed martial artist. He is a longtime veteran of Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships, competing in the Middleweight (93kg) and Heavyweight divisions. He won gold at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games at 78 kg. Yoshida also had two famous fights with MMA pioneer Royce Gracie that resulted in a no-contest and a time-limit draw.

Judo career[edit]

Yoshida first came onto the judo scene at the 1991 World Judo Championships in Barcelona, taking third place at 78 kg.[1] He then took gold in the 1991 All Japan Judo Championships and 1992 A-Tournament in Sofia before entering the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.[2] He swept the competition in Barcelona, winning all six matches by Ippon en route to his first Olympic gold medal.[3] He went on to medal in the 1993, 1995 and 1999 World Championships, but didn't win gold at the Olympics again.[4] He finished in fifth place at the 1996 Summer Games[5] and ninth at the 2000 Summer Games.[6] He retired from Judo after the 2000 Summer Games.

He founded Yoshida Dojo, which focuses primarily on judo but also helps train MMA fighters.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Yoshida debuted for PRIDE FC in a grappling match against UFC pioneer Royce Gracie at PRIDE Shockwave in 2002. Originally ruled a win for Yoshida, Pride FC changed the result to a no contest.

Yoshida's first true MMA bout came at PRIDE 23 against former UFC 8 Tournament Champion and UFC Ultimate Ultimate 1996 Tournament Champion Don Frye. He pulled off the upset victory by technical submission due to an armbar, marking the first time in six years that Frye had been defeated.[7] He then defeated K-1 Japan Grand Prix Champion and K-1 World GP Runner-Up Masaaki Satake as well as shoot wrestling legend Kiyoshi Tamura.

Yoshida's first loss was to the PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003. The back-and-forth affair earned Fight of the Year honors from Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Less than two months later, Yoshida got a rematch against Royce Gracie, this time under modified PRIDE rules, at PRIDE Shockwave 2003. The fight was set for two rounds of 10 minutes each, and was declared a draw when time expired.

In August 2005, he defeated Tank Abbott by submission. At the end of the same year, Yoshida defeated fellow Japanese judoka Naoya Ogawa by an armbar in a highly anticipated MMA bout at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 with each fighter receiving a payment of US$2 million, which remains one of the most expensive fights in MMA history.[8]

In March 2008, Yoshida lost by submission to Josh Barnett, a former training partner, at World Victory Road's inaugural show Sengoku and in June he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith by neck crank in the first round of Sengoku: Third Battle.

Yoshida was defeated by Sanae Kikuta via split decision on January 4, 2009 at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Rebellion 2009.

Yoshida defeated Satoshi Ishii at Dynamite!! 2009. Ishii had been pursued by many of the best organizations in the world such as the UFC and Strikeforce, to name a few. Yoshida was a significant underdog but came out in the first round and dominated the less-experienced Ishii, landing many punches including a right overhand that staggered Ishii, as well as a series of uppercuts and knees from the clinch. Ishii somewhat found his range in the second round from the clinch, but then landed an illegal knee to the groin of Yoshida, which badly hurt the veteran. Yoshida actually had to have his protective cup changed, but was ultimately able to demonstrate his heart by continuing to fight. Yoshida was taken down at the end of the second round and then was not as effective in the third round, getting hit with numerous strikes from Ishii, but ultimately held his own and was able to pull off the upset win via unanimous decision.

Retirement fight[edit]

Yoshida participated in an event called ASTRA for his last fight on April 25, 2010, as a response to his frustration with his previous promotion.[9] Yoshida lost the fight via unanimous decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura, a long-time student of his dojo.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–8–1 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) ASTRA: Yoshida's Farewell April 25, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Retirement bout
Win 9–7–1 Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009 December 31, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 8–7–1 Sanae Kikuta Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 8–6–1 Maurice Smith Submission (neck crank) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 June 8, 2008 1 3:23 Saitama, Japan
Loss 7–6–1 Josh Barnett Submission (heel hook) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle March 5, 2008 3 3:23 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–5–1 James Thompson TKO (punches) Pride FC - Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 1 7:50 Saitama, Japan
Loss 7–4–1 Mirko Filipović TKO (leg kicks) Pride FC - Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 1 7:38 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.
Win 7–3–1 Yosuke Nishijima Submission (triangle choke) Pride FC - Total Elimination Absolute May 5, 2006 1 2:33 Osaka, Japan PRIDE 2006 Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 6–3–1 Naoya Ogawa Submission (armbar) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 1 6:04 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–3–1 Tank Abbott Submission (single wing choke) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 August 28, 2005 1 7:40 Saitama, Japan
Loss 4–3–1 Wanderlei Silva Decision (split) PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 April 23, 2005 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 4–2–1 Rulon Gardner Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 4–1–1 Mark Hunt Submission (armbar) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004 1 5:25 Saitama, Japan
Draw 3–1–1 Royce Gracie Draw (time limit) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 2 10:00 Saitama, Japan Match under special rules.
Loss 3–1 Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 November 9, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Final. Fight of the Year (2003).
Win 3–0 Kiyoshi Tamura Submission (ezekiel choke) PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 August 10, 2003 1 5:06 Saitama, Japan Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 2–0 Masaaki Satake Submission (neck lock) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002 December 31, 2002 1 0:50 Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 Don Frye Technical submission (armbar) PRIDE 23 November 24, 2002 1 5:32 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1991 World Championships Barcelona". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Career results for Hidehiko Yoshida". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Hidehiko Yoshida Pride FC bio". Pride FC. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Medal count for Hidehiko Yoshida". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 Judo results". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ "2000 Sydney Olympics Judo results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Don Frye". Tapology. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Japanese icon Yoshida retires with loss to protege Nakamura". USA Today. April 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Japanese icon Hidehiko Yoshida announces retirement". USA Today. February 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  10. ^ http://www.purolove.com/tokyosports.php

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