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Hidehiko Yoshida

Hidehiko Yoshida
  • Given Name: 吉田秀彦, Yoshida Hidehiko
  • MMA Record: 9-8-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 45 | 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" (180cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Obu, Aichi, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Judo

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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
9-7-1 13-10-0

Astra: Yoshida's Farewell
Main Event | Heavyweight

2010.04.25
Weigh-In: 249.1 lbs (113.0 kgs) | Referee: Ryogaku Wada
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Satoshi Ishii
8-7-1 0-0-0

Fields Dynamite!! 2009
Main Event | Heavyweight

2009.12.31
Odds: +265 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs (103.0 kgs) | Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sanae Kikuta
8-6-1 27-6-3

Sengoku no Ran 2009
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2009.01.04
Odds: -328 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.4 lbs (92.7 kgs) | Referee: Samio Kimura
Win | Submission | Head
2:23 Round 1 of 3

Maurice Smith
7-6-1 13-12-0

Sengoku 3
Main Event | Heavyweight

2008.06.08
Odds: -273 (Moderate Favorite) | Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
Loss | Submission | Leglock
3:23 Round 3 of 3, 13:23 Total

Josh Barnett
7-5-1 23-5-0

Sengoku 1
Main Event | Heavyweight

2008.03.05
Odds: +508 (Heavy Underdog) | Referee: Yoshinori Umeki
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
7:50 Round 1 of 3

James Thompson
7-4-1 12-5-0

Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.12.31
Odds: -675 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Loss | KO/TKO | Kicks
7:38 Round 1 of 2

Mirko Filipovic
7-3-1 18-4-2

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: +235 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
2:33 Round 1 of 2

Yosuke Nishijima
6-3-1 0-1-0

Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16

2006.05.05
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Armlock
6:04 Round 1 of 3

Naoya Ogawa
5-3-1 7-1-0

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Event | Heavyweight

2005.12.31
Odds: -440 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
7:40 Round 1 of 3

David Abbott
4-3-1 9-10-0

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.08.28
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
4-2-1 27-4-1

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

2005.04.23
Odds: +235 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Rulon Gardner
4-1-1 0-0-0

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.12.31
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Armlock
5:25 Round 1 of 3

Mark Hunt
3-1-1 0-0-0

Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.06.20
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: Minoru Toyonaga
Draw | Decision
2 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Royce Gracie
3-1-0 12-1-1

Pride Shockwave 2003
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Weigh-In: 202.9 lbs (92.0 kgs) | Referee: Matt Hume
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
3-0-0 22-3-1

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

2003.11.09
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
5:06 Round 1 of 3

Kiyoshi Tamura
2-0-0 25-10-3

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
0-0-0 15-1-0

Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.11.24
Odds: +275 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory
#86 Greatest Submission of All Time

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