Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs
Josh Koscheck defeats Yoshiyuki Yoshida via KO/TKO at 2:15 of Round 1
|11-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||10-2-0||Climbed to 12-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 10-3|
|-278 (Moderate Favorite)||Betting Odds||+220 (Moderate Underdog)|
|Fresno, California||Fighting out of||Crystal Lake, Illinois|
|31 years, 10 days||Age at Fight||34 years, 7 months|
|171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'11" (180cm)|
|73.0" (185cm)||Reach||70.1" (178cm)|
|Dethrone Base Camp Fresno||Gym||Right Thing Academy|
- Bout Information
- Date: Wednesday 12.10.2008 at 09:00 PM ET
- Referee: Mario Yamasaki
- Venue: Crown Coliseum
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: Welterweight | 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Koscheck Total Disclosed Pay: $30,000
- Yoshida Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Koscheck vs. Yoshida Wiki Update Wiki
Similar to longtime UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, Josh Koscheck came into MMA looking to gain the advantage with a pedigreed amateur wrestling background. It has been his evolving stand-up game, however, that has lead to some of his most impressive victories. In his 2008 bout with Japanese Judo expert Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Koscheck demonstrated why he had become one of the most dangerous and explosive contenders in the welterweight division.
Heading into the fight, Koscheck was a moderate favorite. Not only was Yoshida unproven against the elite of the division, but Koscheck was thought to be too well-rounded for the Judoka to deal with. There were some fans, however, that backed Yoshida in the matchup. Yoshida had quickly and efficiently choked out War Machine in his televised UFC debut after an efficient hip toss to the canvas. Fans thought Yoshida had the makings to become the next Karo Parisyan of the MMA world.
In a fight that was as one-sided as many believed it would be heading in, Koscheck needed just 2:15 to put Yoshida away. While the winner of the contest came as no surprise, the manner in which he won was stunning. Many thought that Koscheck would utilize his wrestling based to plant Yoshida on the mat and finish him from the top. Instead, Koscheck used a methodical boxing approach and continuously launched overhand rights at the backpedaling Judoka.
Finally, one right hand landed flush, stiffening Yoshida while he was still on his feet. The right hand that followed up added insult to injury, knocking the stiff fighter down and out cold on the canvas. Yoshida remained unconscious for over a minute following the knockout, and the UFC cameras deliberately panned away to hide the scene. Koscheck, for his part, had proven that he had some of the most wicked hands in the welterweight division.