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Old 05-22-2008, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Hidehiko Yoshida Appreciation Thread.

The Yoda of MMA. Hmmm, Yoshida?

Yoshida's one of those guys who always brought it. He was a world class judoka fighting monsters, and he did pretty damn good against those monsters. Well, mainly Wanderlei Silva, but still, he showed heart, man. He could've coasted his way to the top, but he chose to fight solid competition, and I respect the hell out of that. His first fight was against Frye, his third fight was against Tamura and he fought freakin' Wanderlei Silva in his 4th fight. I have to hand it to the guy, he was tough as hell, and I've never seen a boring Yoshida fight. Even in the Tank fight, Yoshida hit a nice highkick and had a nice guard. The Gardner fight would probably be my least favorite, but I didn't really find it to be boring. Also, Yoshida saying that many think Tank has a, "Scary face" always makes me crack up.

Yoshida also has a solid camp, with guys like Takimoto, Nak and Omigawa. They should get Dong.

My top 5 favorite Yoshida fights.

1. vs Wanderlei (Final Conflict 2003).

This was the fight that made Yoshida. It doesn't even matter that he lost, he still ended up looking great. The guy showed guts, and was game. He's all, "Who does this guy think he is?" and put up a great fight against a total monster. Easily the best fight on that show and a FOTYC for 03.

2. vs Mark Hunt (Critical Countdown 04).

It's Hunt vs Yoshida, of course, it's exciting. Yoshida pretty much went all Nogueira on Hunt, with sub attempt after sub attempt. Hunt tried, but Yoshida was all sub crazy, and I found that to be awesome. Quite awesome.

3. Wanderlei (Total Elimination 05).

I actually scored it for Yoshida on the re-watch. I felt he kept the pressure on Wanderlei and took the fight wherever he wanted to.

4. vs Don Frye (Championship Chaos 2).

Pretty much a dominant victory for Yoshida, as Frye didn't know what to do. This was Yoshida's first MMA fight, and it was against a surly vet, and it was a solid showing.

5. vs Ogawa (Shockwave 2005).

Ogawa was someone I couldn't stand. Seeing him get armbarred again was so awesome. Yoshida's all, "Screw this gi shit, I'll sport shorts and still kick your ass!"

Hell yeah, Yoshida is a badass old dude.

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Old 05-22-2008, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh man, you know I love me some Hidehiko Yoshida.

This guy is just one tough dude. I love how he's faced monsters and lived to tell the tale. He's got a real tough chin and he's totally rocking the old man look.

I'll agree with Damone and say that I've enjoyed every single one of his fights.

Man, I love that facial expression Yoshida has when he takes a big hit to the face and he kind of looks like, "Oh! I got hit in the face! It didn't hurt too much!".

If I had to pick a favorite Yoshida fight, I would have to say it would be the one against Mark Hunt, no wait, Wanderlei...Ogawa? Too hard to choose one. His fight with Royce was fun stuff too.

God I love Yoshida.

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Old 05-22-2008, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, his fight with Royce at Shockwave 2003 was surprisingly fun. Then again, it is Yoshida.
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Yoshida shouldn't have fought Barnett, Mirko, Hunt, Garnder, Thompson etc. Why do people in Japan throw their icons against these foreign monsters?~11!!/?

But yeah, for a guy who was pretty late getting in the game (33 ish?) with Judo as a base dide really well. Really underrated off his back, dude has some nice slugging too.
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wanderlie vs yoshida 05
p1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aEU6kJvS_o
p2 http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=wI4zuX...eature=related

vs Mark Hunt (Critical Countdown 04
http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance...ida-x-ma_sport

gta go now ill find em all later

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Old 05-23-2008, 03:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I love where this thread is going.

I most fond memory of Yoshida is whenever he get's hit or is hurt, and he squints, rubs the sweat off his face, fixes his Gi and goes back into war. Just some mad heart.
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Oh man, you know I love me some Hidehiko Yoshida.

This guy is just one tough dude. I love how he's faced monsters and lived to tell the tale. He's got a real tough chin and he's totally rocking the old man look.

I'll agree with Damone and say that I've enjoyed every single one of his fights.

Man, I love that facial expression Yoshida has when he takes a big hit to the face and he kind of looks like, "Oh! I got hit in the face! It didn't hurt too much!".

If I had to pick a favorite Yoshida fight, I would have to say it would be the one against Mark Hunt, no wait, Wanderlei...Ogawa? Too hard to choose one. His fight with Royce was fun stuff too.

God I love Yoshida.

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Although i don't love Yoshida as Much as you, I really think those are the things that makes him awesome. Yoshida is a man to respect. Gotta re watch the Hunt fight.
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