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Yoshiyuki Yoshida Cut on 36th Birthday, Mulls Move to Lightweight

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Yoshiyuki Yoshida has been released following his UFC 113 loss to Mike Guymon, his manager Shu Hirata confirmed to MMA Fighting.

The Tokyo-born fighter got the call about his release on his 36th birthday. Yoshida, who is 11-5 in his career (2-3 in the UFC), will now debate a drop to lightweight as he considers his career options.

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Post #1   5/13/10 4:09:24PM   

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Agreed with the move to lightweight, IF it's a healthy move for him. Even discounting the freak show fight with Rumble Johnson, Yoshida is a natural 170 in Japan, which means he's too small to fight with the top UFC welterweights.

My concern is the amount of experience he has with weight cutting - 36 is not the best age for most to start dropping 15 lbs for fights. Homeboy's got a lot of skill and a warrior spirit, so if he can handle the move to 155, I think he'll be able to carve out a profitable niche as gatekeeper in Japan or smaller US promotions for a few years.

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At 155 He's going to look far more like a real life Korean Zombie than Jung does. I can't imagine that cut being healthy for him. besides, he can't attribute his losses to size anyway. He had jsut as much length as Kos in their fight, he just couldn't handle the power.

He may have been undersized in girth to Guyman but that loss had everything to do with game planning and actual skill sets and nothing to do with size.

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I understand that Dana White is a businessman, and he's a pretty damn good one, but why would you cut a guy on his birthday. Yoshida has had a great career in the past, but he never really wowed me with his UFC fights.

Is it just me, or do the Japanese MMA fighters have a hard time translating their success in the UFC?

Someone please name a Japanese fighter that has done well for himself in UFC, no one comes to mind right off the top of my head.

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Posted by zxandu

I understand that Dana White is a businessman, and he's a pretty damn good one, but why would you cut a guy on his birthday. Yoshida has had a great career in the past, but he never really wowed me with his UFC fights.

Is it just me, or do the Japanese MMA fighters have a hard time translating their success in the UFC?

Someone please name a Japanese fighter that has done well for himself in UFC, no one comes to mind right off the top of my head.



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Lyoto Machida

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whole time he was in ufc i was hoping a yoshida vs hardy rematch
never will happen now

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Posted by grappler0000


Posted by zxandu

I understand that Dana White is a businessman, and he's a pretty damn good one, but why would you cut a guy on his birthday. Yoshida has had a great career in the past, but he never really wowed me with his UFC fights.

Is it just me, or do the Japanese MMA fighters have a hard time translating their success in the UFC?

Someone please name a Japanese fighter that has done well for himself in UFC, no one comes to mind right off the top of my head.



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Forgot Okami, but Machida is Brazil.

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ouch that's a sucky gift... a pink slip

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Machida is Japanese-Brazilian.

The Korean dude, Stun Gun is doing well.

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I really just meant Machida as a joke. zxandu knows he's Japanese-Brazilian. I taught him better than that as my apprentice. He more or less meant someone that would rock the Japanese flag to the ring. Machida is Japanese-Brazilian but he associates himself with Belém, Brazil. He rocks the Brazilian flag. Okami straight up rocks the land of the rising sun.

Post #11   5/14/10 1:57:19AM