You guys know Hidehiko Yoshida. Destroyer of worlds, gobbler of galaxies, jambler of Jenga towers. Dude was like a +325 underdog in his Dynamite!! 2009 fight with Satoshi Ishii. For some reason, people thought that a guy with a 0-0 MMA record would steam roll over a dude that went toe to toe with Wanderlei Silva, Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, Royce Gracie, Mark Hunt, Don Frye and Tank Abbot. To be fair, Yoshida lost against half those guys however, he did place a beatdown on Hunt, Frye and Abbot. The Royce Gracie fight was sort of strange. Initially, the Pride Shockwave 2003 bout had three judges who seemed to be pretty competent officials. We knew they were because they rocked nicely pressed black suits with matching bow-ties. In the middle of the first round, one judge was hauled out of the Saitama Super Arena due to what appeared to be a heart attack. We still don’t know what exactly happened to the guy, but the match ended up going to the cards with one judge giving the fight to Royce and the other to Yoshida. The third judge was in the Tokyo general hospital probably getting resuscitated, so they called the fight a draw (but if you watch it again, Yoshida totally took that fight).
Now it looks like after Yoshida’s impressive win over Satoshi Ishii, dude is finally going to hang up the gloves and retire…but first, he created his own MMA organization to promote his final fight. That’s baller. That’s like an alcoholic creating his own microbrewery just to drink his final beer or owning your own personal third-world sweat shop just to make you a new pair of socks. Yeah it’s a little bit of an overkill, but it’s Yoshida. Dude has more Olympic Judoka bling than I have deep rooted problems with my ex-girlfriend. The fight is scheduled to go down April 25th and Yoshida’s MMA organization, ASTRA, is a direct result of his frustration of dealing with SRC and FEG during the Satoshi Ishii Sengoku match that magically transferred to FEG without either of the fighter’s approval. [Source]