|Weight Class||Heavyweight (225 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 11" (181 cm)|
|Birth Date||September 3, 1969|
|Fighting Out Of||Obu, Aichi, Japan|
|Hidehiko Yoshida Pictures||Official Website|
Hidehiko Yoshida is a Japanese mixed martial artist and gold-medalist Judoka.
|Record||9 - 8 - 1 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Decision (Unanimous)||Astra: Yoshida's Farewell||4/25/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Satoshi Ishii||Decision (Unanimous)||FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009||12/31/2009||3||5:00|
|Loss||Sanae Kikuta||Decision (Split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Rebellion 2009||1/04/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Maurice Smith||Submission (Neck Crank)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||6/08/2008||1||2:23|
|Loss||Josh Barnett||Submission (Heel Hook)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Vanguard||3/05/2008||3||3:23|
|Loss||James Thompson||TKO (Punches)||PRIDE: Shockwave 2006||12/31/2006||1||7:50|
|Loss||Mirko Filipovic||TKO (Leg Kicks)||PRIDE: Critical Countdown Absolute||7/01/2006||1||7:38|
|Win||Yosuke Nishijima||Submission (Triangle Choke)||PRIDE: Total Elimination Absolute||5/05/2006||1||2:33|
|Win||Naoya Ogawa||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE: Shockwave 2005||12/31/2005||1||6:04|
|Win||David Abbott||Submission (Single Wing Choke)||PRIDE: Final Conflict 2005||8/28/2005||1||7:40|
|Loss||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (Split)||PRIDE: Total Elimination 2005||4/23/2005||3||5:00|
|Loss||Rulon Gardner||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE: Shockwave 2004||12/31/2004||3||5:00|
|Win||Mark Hunt||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE: Critical Countdown 2004||6/20/2004||1||5:25|
|Draw||Royce Gracie||Draw||PRIDE: Shockwave 2003||12/31/2003||2||10:00||Match was a draw due to a lack of judges|
|Loss||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE: Final Conflict 2003||11/09/2003||2||5:00|
|Win||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (Ezekiel Choke)||PRIDE: Total Elimination 2003||8/10/2003||1||5:06|
|Win||Masaaki Satake||Submission (Neck Lock)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye: K-1 vs. Inoki||12/31/2002||1||0:50|
|Win||Don Frye||Technical Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE 23: Championship Chaos 2||11/24/2002||1||5:32|
Hidehiko Yoshida was born in Obu, Aichi, Japan. He won the gold medal in Judo (78 kg class) at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships. He is known for his power and strong chin, having never been knocked out in a mixed martial arts bout until PRIDE Shockwave 2006. His first submission defeat was to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic on July 1, 2006 when he submitted from repeated kicks to the leg, which was considered a TKO. Yoshida is one of the few fighters who still wears a gi when he fights, although he sometimes has worn tights. His notable victories in MMA include Armbar submissions over Don Frye and K-1 Champion Mark Hunt. In August 2005, he defeated David Abbott by submission.
Yoshida lost to the Middleweight Champion, Wanderlei Silva, first by unanimous decision at the Final Conflict event on November 9, 2003, and later by split decision at the Total Elimination event on April 23, 2005. Another opponent was Royce Gracie, a well-known Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter and winner of three of the first four UFC tournaments. In their first encounter, Yoshida won by a controversial referee stoppage; the referee believed that Gracie had been choked out on the ground, thus stopping fight, but Gracie claimed he was fully conscious (although he had stopped moving during the choke). As a result, Gracie requested for a rematch in which the referee could not stop the fight. The rematch, which took place at PRIDE's Shockwave 2003 event on December 31, 2003, technically resulted in a draw since neither fighter submitted or was knocked out within the time allotted (Gracie spent much of the latter part of the fight attacking Yoshida from a back mount, with Yoshida defending the attacks).
In March 2008, Yoshida lost by submission to Josh Barnett, a former training partner, at World Victory Road's inaugural show Sengoku and in June he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith by Neck Crank in the first round of Sengoku: Third Battle.
Yoshida was defeated by Sanae Kikuta via split decision on January 4, 2009 at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku No Ran 2009.
Yoshida returned to action on December 31, 2009 to face off against Satoshi Ishii at the annual New Year's Eve show FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009. Ishii, a Gold Medalist in Judo, would be making his mixed martial arts debut. After a hard fought bout Yoshida won by Decision (Unanimous).
Yoshida announced his retirement after his last fight on April 25, 2010. He participate in an event called ASTRA for his last fight as a response to his frustration with his previous promotion. Although recent rumors have said that top ranked pound for pound mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko could be the opponent, it ended up being Kazuhiro Nakamura, a long-time student of his dojo. Yoshida lost the fight via unanimous decison.
Championships & Accomplishments
- 1999 World Judo Championship (90 kg) Gold Medalist
- 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (86 kg) 5th Place
- 1995 World Judo Championship (86 kg) Silver Medalist
- 1993 World Judo Championship (78 kg) Silver Medalist
- 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games (78 kg) Gold Medalist
- 1991 World Judo Championship (78 kg) Bronze Medalist
Mixed Martial Arts
- PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament, Semi-Finalist