Yoshiyuki Yoshida Says His Goal Is to Fight in the UFC Again
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.25.2012
He's looking to return at lightweight...
Former UFC fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his goal to return to the octagon and more. Check out the highlights:
On heading back to America: "The primary reason for moving to America is that I want to try to get back into UFC. In order for me to achieve this goal, I feel I have a better chance living in America and fighting in America. I guess many think its a huge decision to move to foreign country, but for me it's different. I am enjoying everything, and I am constantly challenging something new."
On whether he considered retirement after his UFC release: "After I was released from the UFC, it was soon after I had surgery on my knee, so I was not in a good condition and therefore I couldn't perform well. But I felt that when I was fully recovered, I would be able to perform better."
On having support for his career decisions at home: "I feel so much appreciation and gratitude toward my girlfriend. She always respects my decisions, and she is my biggest supporter. Sure, sometime it's lonely to be apart, but I believe our bond is very strong."
On staying focused despite setbacks: "I believed training day-in and day-out would open some doors. I want to have one more chance to fight in the UFC."
On moving to lightweight: "When I was fighting in the welterweight division, cutting weight was not that hard. It only took me two weeks. But at lightweight, I had to go on diet for six weeks and cut a total of 30 pounds. In my last fight, I was still not familiar with fighting at 155 pounds, so I couldn't really perform well, but in my next fight, I can adjust this and I should do well. After moving down to this weight class, I am faster yet maintaining my strength, so I don't think I would have a physical disadvantage."
On his skills and condition: "I feel it's not fair to make boundaries based solely on just an age. I feel I am still developing. I am peaking now, and I am getting stronger everyday in both technique and physical strength."
On his ultimate goal: "It's been a while, but my goal is to again stand inside the octagon. I just want to have one chance. Right now, I know I can perform better than before."