Japanese star bids farewell to ring

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Yoshida versus Cro Cop. Photo: Susumo Nagao

One of Japan’s greatest heroes, 1992’s Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida had his farewell fight this Sunday. The bout was on the card of Astra, a new event promoted by Dream and World Victory Road in Tokyo. The result wasn’t the best. Yoshida ended up dropping a unanimous decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura.

Despite his great judo record, Yoshida’s results oscillate a great deal in MMA. The judoka holds nine wins, eight losses and a draw. In his career, he has beaten such beasts as Don Frye, Maurice Smith and Tank Abbott; drawn with Royce Graciel; and lost to such well known fighters as Wanderlei Silva (twice), Mirko Cro Cop and Josh Barnett.

Check out some of the fighter’s career in the video below:

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