In 2007, Yoshida was entered into a Cage Force welterweight tournament sponsored by the Worldwide Cage Network. In the opening round of the tournament, Yoshida defeated two-time interim Pancrase champion Katsuya Inoue by knockout. He went on to defeat Matt Cain in the quarterfinals and former Shooto champion Akira Kikuchi in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the finals, Yoshida defeated Dan Hardy by disqualification after being struck by a kick to the groin, becoming the first Cage Force welterweight tournament winner.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After the tournament's closing, Yoshida was offered a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was originally speculated that the winners of the Cage Force tournaments were to be selected to compete in the UFC's active roster. Yoshida made his debut in the UFC at UFC 84, choking The Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant Jon Koppenhaver unconscious by Anaconda choke submission. He was scheduled to meet Karo Parisyan in September at UFC 88 but Parisyan pulled out of the bout only two hours before the weigh-ins citing an injury. Yoshida then faced Josh Koscheck at UFC: Fight for the Troops on December 10, 2008, a fight which he lost by 1st round knockout. Unfortunately for Yoshida, the first knockout punch from Koscheck occurred with Yoshida's back against the cage, preventing Yoshida from falling down, allowing Koscheck to land another devastating haymaker on Yoshida's jaw, sending him crashing to the canvas in a motionless heap. UFC reported, "Yoshida, who remained on the canvas while being tended to by commission doctors, was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion".
Yoshida's most recent fight was against Anthony Johnson at UFC 104. The fight became a catchweight bout of 176 when Johnson missed weight by six pounds, Yoshida (weighed in at 170 lb) agreed to fight at catchweight. Yoshida lost by first round TKO.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20||11 wins||4 losses|
|Mike Guymon||UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2||May 8, 2010||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||11–4||Anthony Johnson||KO (Punches)||UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun||October 24, 2009||1||0:41||Los Angeles, California, US||Johnson weighed in at 176 lb. Yoshida (weighed in at 170 lb) agreed to fight at catchweight|
|Win||11–3||Brandon Wolff||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida||May 23, 2009||1||2:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||10–3||Josh Koscheck||KO (Punch)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||1||2:15||Fayetteville, North Carolina, US|
|Win||10–2||War Machine||Submission (Anaconda Choke)||UFC 84: Ill Will||May 24, 2008||1||0:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||9–2||Dan Hardy||DQ (Low Blow)||GCM – Cage Force 5||December 1, 2007||2||0:04||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight final|
|Win||8–2||Akira Kikuchi||TKO (Elbows)||GCM – Cage Force 4||September 8, 2007||1||4:33||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight semi-final|
|Win||7–2||Matt Cain||TKO (Punches)||GCM – Cage Force EX Eastern Bound||May 27, 2007||1||2:59||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight quarter-final|
|Win||6–2||Katsuya Inoue||KO (Punches)||GCM – Cage Force 2||March 17, 2007||1||1:45||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight qualifier|
|Win||5–2||Asato Hashimoto||TKO (Elbow Injury)||GCM – Cage Force 1||November 25, 2006||1||0:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–2||Hossein Ojaghi||Submission (Armbar)||GCM – D.O.G. 7||September 9, 2006||2||3:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–2||Luis Sapo||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Kokoro – Kill Or Be Killed||August 15, 2006||1||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–2||Mindaugas Smirnovas||TKO (Punches)||Shooto 2006 – 3/24 in Korakuen Hall||March 24, 2006||1||4:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–2||Keita Nakamura||Technical Decision (Majority)||Shooto 2005 – 12/17 in Shinjuku Face||December 17, 2005||2||4:06||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–1||Yoshitaro Niimi||Decision (Majority)||Shooto – Shooter's Summer||July 14, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Akihiro Yamazaki||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto 2005 – 2/6 in Kitazawa Town Hall||February 6, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|