Yoshida said to be Fedor's opponent on Dec 31.

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creativedestruction
11/26/07 11:34:55PM
The Japanese press is excited to have discovered who Fedor Emelianenko’s adversary will be at the M-1 Global event to take place in Japan in partnership with former Pride employees on December 31. The name to have surfaced this week is Hidehiko Yoshida. According to the Japanese site Sportsnavi, there is a good chance the judoka will be called up to face the Russian.

http://www.graciemag.com/news/144/ARTICLE/8731/2007-11-26.html
kevietre
11/26/07 11:42:02PM
He's more legitimate than Hong Man Choi so I'm happy with this fight. Yoshida always gives 100% and usually is fun to watch.
cmill21
11/26/07 11:46:33PM
Good, he's got a hard head, and is obviously a good judoka, first time i've ever seen someone dare Cro Cop to hit them in the head lol. Happy with this fight considering the lay off!
creativedestruction
11/26/07 11:47:11PM
You guys are honestly satisfied with this fight?
cmill21
11/26/07 11:52:25PM
Considering he's fighting for the first time in so long yeah. I expect Barnett, Rizzo, Overeem, Hunt, all of them after this though. Yoshida can't be called a freak show or a bad fighter, he's definetly talented and he's not a pushover, not top 15 but he's a good fighter to bring in for a fight that will please most people.
roman
11/27/07 12:14:03AM
I'm not in the least bit. He needs a legit top 10 heavyweight.
TuFanboi
11/27/07 1:15:47AM
What a god damn joke of a fight. I'm tired of Fedor and all the talk that surrounds him. I thought Yoshida was dropping to 185 or something, clearly not in the Fedor realm of things if you ask me. Also Barnett is far more interesting to me than Fedor, nevermind if he could beat him.
cmill21
11/27/07 2:09:56AM

Posted by TuFanboi

What a god damn joke of a fight. I'm tired of Fedor and all the talk that surrounds him. I thought Yoshida was dropping to 185 or something, clearly not in the Fedor realm of things if you ask me. Also Barnett is far more interesting to me than Fedor, nevermind if he could beat him.



You do realize Barney's layoff has been longer then Fedor's right? As For Yoshida, he's beaten Hunt, Frye and he took wand to a decision. Again he's not some garbage fighter and has more quality wins then Eddie Sanchez, GG, and Kongo had the last two not beat Cro Cop recently, and no one was whining and bitching about those match ups.

Edit: He's acctually still beaten more quality opponents then Kongo and GG, since they only have the one, and Yoshida has 2. Just because he's japanese and it's not in the UFC doesn't mean it's a "horrible" fight. Like most of the Japanese fighters they put on a good show. Like the guys an olympic gold medalist, you to talk about Karo's judo? Ha, look at yoshida's credentials.
CwB
11/27/07 3:03:04AM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by TuFanboi

What a god damn joke of a fight. I'm tired of Fedor and all the talk that surrounds him. I thought Yoshida was dropping to 185 or something, clearly not in the Fedor realm of things if you ask me. Also Barnett is far more interesting to me than Fedor, nevermind if he could beat him.



You do realize Barney's layoff has been longer then Fedor's right? As For Yoshida, he's beaten Hunt, Frye and he took wand to a decision. Again he's not some garbage fighter and has more quality wins then Eddie Sanchez, GG, and Kongo had the last two not beat Cro Cop recently, and no one was whining and bitching about those match ups.

Edit: He's acctually still beaten more quality opponents then Kongo and GG, since they only have the one, and Yoshida has 2. Just because he's japanese and it's not in the UFC doesn't mean it's a "horrible" fight. Like most of the Japanese fighters they put on a good show. Like the guys an olympic gold medalist, you to talk about Karo's judo? Ha, look at yoshida's credentials.



everyone looked at those fights as easy stepping stones to his eventual title shot and they where after his ko win over wandy a top fighter. fedor hasnt fought top comp in a while.

yoshida is better then hong man choi, but this fight still leaves alot to be desired.

i will say this though at least he is fighting, and hopefully his next fight will be against some top comp. so i will cut him some slack until his next fight which better be agaisnt a top 15 heavyweight or a top ten light heavy...
bezun
11/27/07 10:39:25AM
No. Not even a little. I like Yoshida, but at this stage in the game (and i know it's slated for the Japanese fans) Fedor needs to be fighting one of the top guys in the world.
MMAnomale
11/27/07 11:19:44AM
Yoshida's a lot better than some of the people he'll end up fighting later because there's not many serious threats to Fedor right now unless he comes to the UFC. After he beats Yoshida, then what? I don't think they can get Barnett. There are no serious threats to him. At this point, I'm so pissed (and I respect his decision to not have to travel as much, help out his Red Devil Team, and make good money, but he could've made more in America and fought serious competition), because he didn't come to the UFC and we, the fans, aren't going to see the best possible fights, and find out who is better between Fedor and Couture, and a couple of other fighters and fights they we would just love to see. I have enjoyed watching Fedor these last few years and have been a huge fan, but if he loses to Yoshida, somehow (I don't see this happening, but if it does), I will laugh my as* off.
LR
11/27/07 12:47:14PM
Yoshida is a horrible opponent. Fedor will crush him inside 3-4 minutes tops if he comes out as aggressive as he has in the past.

Fact is, there isn't anyone out there, and the Japanese promoters want to make fights that draw. Yoshida is one of the biggest drawing attractions in the Japanese MMA scene from what I've read in their blogs regarding MMA. I'm not sure why, but it's most likely because he's had some success against some bigger names before. It's another draw fight. Fedor wins easily.
DCRage
11/27/07 1:42:50PM

Posted by creativedestruction

You guys are honestly satisfied with this fight?


It's better than Choi. At least it's not some cheesecake guy with a padded record.
george112
11/27/07 1:52:27PM
give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org
tuvok500
11/27/07 2:13:01PM

Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!



cmill21
11/27/07 2:54:46PM

Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!






No but he hand picked Tim.
rcg916
11/27/07 2:57:17PM

Posted by roman

I'm not in the least bit. He needs a legit top 10 heavyweight.



Id like to see it too, but who would you suggest? For the most part they are all in long term contracts, and are not realistic choices...
cmill21
11/27/07 3:23:30PM
After this fight expect to see Fedor meet, Barnett, Hunt, Overeem, Kharitonov, Yvel, someone like that. You guys are asking a company trying to make it's name off a guy to risk him against a top opponent in his first fight for the org. They need to build it up and let Fedor knock off the ring rust. If he wins this fight and then goes against another guy outside the top 15 i'll be right there with you, but right now I think it's the smartest thing to do, give him a guy that he should beat, that the japanese fans know, and that gives him a nice start for this part of his career.
tuvok500
11/27/07 3:23:55PM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!






No but he hand picked Tim.



I understand what you are saying, but Tim was the guy with the belt, so Couture didn't have a higher goal in the UFC at that moment !

at this moment we have :
Monson / Fedor
Choi / Fedor
Yoshida / Fedor
i forgot the other name

so, we will see ..



MALICE
11/27/07 4:59:46PM
At least the rumored opponents are getting better, and not worse.
george112
11/27/07 5:27:22PM

Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!







ok so good for couture this has nothing to do with couture...this is about fedor and his fight with yoshida...an even if he does fight to win easy money so whatits his JOB this is wat he does for a living quit bashing on him for wanting to support his family and his country...and i think the only reason u brought up couture is because your bias to any other fighters that are not in the UFC
mrsmiley
11/27/07 5:40:34PM
I'm happy with this fight.I would like to see Yoshida come into this fight and hold his own.People often discredit the guy,but are quick to forget he ate every shot Wanderlei Silva ever threw at him and went the distance with The Axe Murderer twice.He even gained a victory over Mark Hunt with only mediocore effort.Sure his loss to CC was embarrissing,but I think their's a lot in Yoshida's aresenal that could potentialy cause any "A" class fighter problems.Like many others,I could think of worse match ups for Fedor.
tuvok500
11/27/07 5:42:23PM

Posted by george112


Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!







ok so good for couture this has nothing to do with couture...this is about fedor and his fight with yoshida...an even if he does fight to win easy money so whatits his JOB this is wat he does for a living quit bashing on him for wanting to support his family and his country...and i think the only reason u brought up couture is because your bias to any other fighters that are not in the UFC



Man, you should relax a little bit, i was comparing what happened with couture when he came back after being inactive for a while to show you that at this level, an easy fight is not an obligation to build up your confidence or to get back in the groove, so, you can see basshing if you want, but i can tell you that if i want to do some bassing i will be much more direct than that man . with your reaction, i think it is you who are biased in that case .




george112
11/27/07 5:48:54PM

Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112


Posted by tuvok500


Posted by george112

give fedor a break he hasnt fought in a while and this would be a good fight for him to get back in the groove of things...all this talk about him not facing top comp is true but it also would be true to when you were stuck in limbo without an org



Couture was coming from 2 lost and he retired for 1 years and when he came back he fought the HW champ , he did not ask to have an easy fight to build his confidence back or to win easy money !!







ok so good for couture this has nothing to do with couture...this is about fedor and his fight with yoshida...an even if he does fight to win easy money so whatits his JOB this is wat he does for a living quit bashing on him for wanting to support his family and his country...and i think the only reason u brought up couture is because your bias to any other fighters that are not in the UFC



Man, you should relax a little bit, i was comparing what happened with couture when he came back after being inactive for a while to show you that at this level, an easy fight is not an obligation to build up your confidence or to get back in the groove, so, you can see basshing if you want, but i can tell you that if i want to do some bassing i will be much more direct than that man . with your reaction, i think it is you who are biased in that case .








i wasnt being harsh or anything i guess it just sounded like i was being...srry...i am not biased but i do kno wat fedor has done and it just bothers me a little when people try to discredit everything hes done just becuase he didnt sign with the UFC or isnt fighting who we want him to
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