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Diego TKO 6 24.00%
Diego SUB 2 8.00%
Diego Decision 9 36.00%
Yoshida TKO 2 8.00%
Yoshida SUB 5 20.00%
Yoshida Decision 1 4.00%
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yoshida: "I would love to have an opportunity to fight Diego Sanchez"

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From day one, entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Japanese star Yoshiyuki Yoshida knew that he was entering deep waters of a very dangerous 170-pound weight class. From the champion in Georges St. Pierre to top contenders like Thiago Alves and Josh Koscheck, the welterweights are stacked from top to bottom with limitless potential.

While everyone is obviously tough, it's the champion who Yoshida believes is still the pinnacle of the division.

"Every fighter in this division is very strong," Yoshida explained to MMAWeekly.com recently. "However, I feel GSP is now a notch above everybody else in the welterweight division."

When talking about the champion's upcoming title defense against B.J. Penn, Yoshida is quick to refer back to their last fight, and believes it's the ground game that will make all the difference.

"I am really looking forward to see that fight," Yoshida commented on Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn 2 at UFC 94. "I think whoever controls the takedowns and ground would win this fight, just like their first encounter."

Beyond his own next match-up against Josh Koscheck at next Wednesday's UFC Fight for the Troops, the Japanese judoka welcomes any and all challenges, but says there is a fight that would intrigue him.

"I am not in a position to designate the opponent, so for now, I am going to fight anyone UFC puts in front of me," Yoshida stated. "But if I get to chose one, I would love to have an opportunity to fight Diego Sanchez."

If Yoshida can get past Josh Koscheck on Dec. 10, a fight against Sanchez could be all the more likely, as he was slated to be in a contender's match earlier this year until an injury forced him out of a fight with Thiago Alves.

Ultimately, Yoshida still has a set goal in his mind of where he wants to go as a part of the UFC's welterweight division. "In the future, I would like to fight the UFC welterweight champion."

Yoshiyuki Yoshida will face Josh Koscheck on Dec. 10 at UFC Fight for the Troops in North Carolina.
Not much to talk about today, so i figured I'd post this since Yoshida has a fight coming up. Who would you guys choose.
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Yoshida makes an awesome teriyaki sauce. His marinades are excellent too.
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Diego by decision.

I love Yoshida but I'm not so sure he can control Diego's pace.
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This was tough, because both guys are solid. I think that this fight would end up on the ground, and I think Diego's grappling is better than Yoshiyuki's. At least, his MMA grappling is. Sanchez's MMA grappling is really, really good, and he's relentless. The guy works, he doesn't stop. I don't think Yoshida would be able to keep up with him.
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I agree with Damone. Diego is a a grappling monster. He is a guy that has suddenly creeped into my top 10 favortire fighters. I just love how he fights. There is nothing better than a grappler with a relentless pace, great transitions, and brutal ground and pound.
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Diego better win considering he left Ali.
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People really think Yoshida would submit Sanchez? Oh well.

I would see Diego outworking Yoshida and win a decision. He just has a relentless pace and he doesn't gas. That's a nice combination.

He has improved striking, a great chin, and better MMA grappling. Yoshida may have better judo but as shown, Diego doesn't mind getting dropped on his head when he fights.

This would be good.
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That would be a good fight, just like Kos and Yoshida will be.
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People really think Yoshida would submit Sanchez? Oh well.

I would see Diego outworking Yoshida and win a decision. He just has a relentless pace and he doesn't gas. That's a nice combination.

He has improved striking, a great chin, and better MMA grappling. Yoshida may have better judo but as shown, Diego doesn't mind getting dropped on his head when he fights.

This would be good.
Yeah, I mean, Yoshida's grappling is really good, but nobody is going to sub Diego Sanchez.
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I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not but, I agree.

I wonder which is more likely, though. Diego getting submitted or getting knocked out?

It's too bad that we probably won't see this fight now.
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