Yoshiyuki Yoshida’s (15-6) UFC career didn’t go as planned where he posted a 1-3 record before being released. Despite being 38-years-old, Yoshida is determined to return to the UFC.
“I feel it’s not fair to make boundaries based solely on just an age,” said Yoshida to MMA Junkie through an interpreter. “I feel I am still developing. I am peaking now, and I am getting stronger every day in both technique and physical strength.”
Yoshida’s three UFC losses came at the hands of Josh Koscheck (17-6), Anthony Johnson (14-4) and Mike Guymon (14-5-1). Koscheck and Johnson ended the fight by knockout in round one. Following his UFC release, Yoshida fought once for Bellator. His corner stopped his fight with Chris Lozano (10-3) due to a swollen eye between rounds two and three.
Since then, Yoshida has had four fights across the globe, where he has found success again and is on his first winning streak since 2007. He hopes that his recent performances mean another shot inside the UFC’s Octagon.
“It’s been a while, but my goal is to again stand inside the Octagon,” said Yoshida. “I just want to have one chance. Right now, I know I can perform better than before.”