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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2010, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Farewell Hidehiko Yoshida Fight Announced


The retirement match of Olympic gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida has been announced. The fight will take place in J-Rock MMA event “Hidehiko Yoshida Farewell Fight ~ASTRA~” at the Nippon Budokan (14 000) on April 25th.

Also on the card will be Michihiro Omigawa, Makoto Takimoto, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and future king Tatsunao Nagakura.

No word yet on if this new ASTRA will be a new promotion or just a one time thing.

Update: Yoshida said at the press conference that his number 1 most interesting/fun fights were the ones against Wanderlei Silva. Both Japanese fighters and foreign fighters are on the candidate list.

Update #2: Yoshida said that the reason for his retirement is that since the Mark Hunt fight in PRIDE he has had pain in his left shoulder which has been tough on him (he has had A LOT of other rumored injuries as well) and almost made him retire in the past. He wants to continue with his own Judo dojo after retirement.

Update #3: Former WVR PR Kokuho said that they have both Japanaese and foreign fighters outside of Yoshida Dojo for the event and they’ll announce these names as time goes from now on. For now this is only a one time thing but if they receive cooperation from a lot of promoters and gyms, they’ll hold more events in the future.

Update #4: Kokuho said that they want Yoshida’s last fight be a meaningful one. Kazuhiro Nakamura then appealed for a fight with his teacher.

Update #5: The fights will be 3×5 minutes and the plan is 7-8 main fights and 3-4 opening fights. There will be a retirement ceremony for Yoshida after the main event. Yoshida is very familiar with the Nippon Budokan.

Hidehiko Yoshida Farewell Fight ~ASTRA~
Date: April 25th, 2010
Place: Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan

Hidehiko Yoshida, Makoto Takimoto, Michihiro Omigawa, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsunao Nagakura
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Ohhhh, this makes me nostalgic... Yoshida is such an epic fighter. Hopefully there will be a stream for this event.

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Ya I would like to watch this.

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I wish that Yoshida will fight other Olympic Gold Medalist Pawel Nastula, but he has contrat with Sengoku.

Yoshida ends carrer or he move up to pro wrestling? Do you know somthing about that?
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Yep, hope we get to see this live on the internet.it will be a hell of a fight that's for sure ...

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I believe i read somewhere this was a one time event for Yoshida. possibly sherdog
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Came upon this article today, got REALLY excited then finished it and crashed. Too bad it was just a rumor.

Fedor vs. Yoshida potentially going down April 25th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zeus
Thursday, 18 March 2010 19:00

A Thursday just isn't a Thursday without a little bit of Fedor news that will make you throw your coffee table across the room in pure elation. MMA Ironman somehow got their hands on tomorrow's issue of Nikkan Sports which features a report about Fedor potentially facing Yoshida in his retirement fight April 25th in ASTRA. Since most of you guys probably don't speak Japanese, largely in part because there's something called 'English' that keeps getting in the way, here is my rather accurate translation of the newspaper's feature story. Now excuse me while I pat myself on the back.

An article in tomorrow's Nikkan Sports newspaper says that Yoshida's retirement fight in ASTRA will most likely be against Fedor. The exact quote is "Retirement match against Fedor, world's strongest man". According to the newspaper, Fedor's camp got in contact with Yoshida when he announced his retirement fight somewhere around February 8th and both parties have been negotiating ever since. There is a final meeting that will be held in Japan at Dream 13 which should finalize the negotiations. If nothing pans out after Dream 13, then they apparently have other fighters readily available to fight Yoshida.

If the fight is finalized at Dream 13, then it would mean Fedor would have just under a month to get ready for Yoshida at ASTRA which goes down April 25th. That's ichiban. [Source]

Update: Josh Gross of SI contacted a representative for M-1 Global who denied the allegations that Fedor will fight Yoshida.

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