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Hidehiko Yoshida

Hidehiko Yoshida

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  • Given Name: 吉田 秀彦, Yoshida Hidehiko
  • Professional MMA Record: 9-8-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 44 | Date of Birth: 1969.09.03
  • Last Fight: April 25, 2010
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 249.1 lbs
  • Affiliation: Yoshida Dojo
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Obu, Aichi, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Japan
  • Personal Pages: Facebook

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A Black Belt in Judo, beloved Japanese Judoka Hidehiko Yoshida rose to prominence long before making his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2002. After winning a gold medal at the 1988 Asian Championships in Judo, Yoshida went on to place in several World Championships before winning the gold in 1999. Yoshida’s crowning achievement in sport Judo came in 1992, when he won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games.


Already a national hero in Japan, Yoshida had his first MMA fight in 2002 for Pride Fighting Championships, defeating Don Frye with an Armbar in the first round. Throughout the next eight years, Yoshida was consistently one of Pride’s biggest draws, and would gamely compete against some of the best heavyweights of all time, often at a significant weight disadvantage. Yoshida defeated the likes of Tank Abbott, Mark Hunt, and Satoshi Ishii amidst losses to Wanderlei Silva (twice), Mirko Filipovic, and Josh Barnett. Perhaps his most memorable affairs were the pair of bouts he split against the legendary Royce Gracie, whom Yoshida was ruled to have choked out in their controversial initial encounter, which took place under modified rules and was not an official mixed martial arts bout. In their highly anticipated rematch, Gracie assumed control late in the fight and battered Yoshida for a number of minutes.


Yoshida retired from professional competition with a loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura in the main event of ASTRA on April 25, 2010. He was notable for wearing his traditional Judo gi throughout much of his career. He remains to this day the most successful Judoka to even compete in MMA, with 1 Olympic (-78kg) Gold Medal and 1 World Championship (-90 kg) Gold Medal to his name.

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Hidehiko Yoshida MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kazuhiro Nakamura
Ref: Ryogaku Wada

Astra: Yoshida's Farewell
Main Event | Heavyweight

2010.04.25
Weigh-In: 249.1 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Satoshi Ishii
Ref: Yoshinori Umeki

Fields Dynamite!! 2009
Main Event | Heavyweight

2009.12.31
Odds: +265 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sanae Kikuta
Ref: Samio Kimura

Sengoku no Ran 2009
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2009.01.04
Odds: -328 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.4 lbs
Win | Submission | Head
2:23 Round 1 of 3

Maurice Smith
Ref: Yoshinori Umeki

Sengoku 3
Main Event | Heavyweight

2008.06.08
Odds: -273 Moderate Favorite
Loss | Submission | Leglock
3:23 Round 3 of 3, 13:23 Total

Josh Barnett
Ref: Yoshinori Umeki

Sengoku 1
Main Event | Heavyweight

2008.03.05
Odds: +508 Heavy Underdog
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
7:50 Round 1 of 3

James Thompson
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.12.31
Odds: -675 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Kicks
7:38 Round 1 of 2

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: +235 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:33 Round 1 of 2

Yosuke Nishijima
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16

2006.05.05
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
6:04 Round 1 of 3

Naoya Ogawa
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Event | Heavyweight

2005.12.31
Odds: -440 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
7:40 Round 1 of 3

David Abbott
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.08.28
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Total Elimination 2005
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16 | 93 kg

2005.04.23
Odds: +235 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Rulon Gardner
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.12.31
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
5:25 Round 1 of 3

Mark Hunt
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.06.20
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs
Draw | Decision
2 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Royce Gracie
Ref: Matt Hume

Pride Shockwave 2003
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Weigh-In: 202.9 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 93 kg

2003.11.09
Odds: +300 Moderate Underdog
Win | Submission | Choke
5:06 Round 1 of 3

Kiyoshi Tamura

Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2003.08.10
Odds: -1350 Huge Favorite
Win | Submission

Masaaki Satake

Inoki Genome Federation

2002.12.31
Win | Submission | Armlock
5:32 Round 1 of 3

Don Frye

Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.11.24
Odds: +275 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory

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