Yoshiyuki Yoshida's Blogs

  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koschek vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera Prelims
    Nam Phan vs. Cole Miller; Wagner Prado vs. Phil Davis; Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi; Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries; Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan; John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez. From Los Angeles. (Card subject to change)

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. Penn and his coaches are unhappy with Team Penn's effort; Gabe goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Jens Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team B.J. Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The most shocking moments in Pride history.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 289 Bas Rutten chats with George St. Pierre; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello preview MFC 37.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS: Fights
    Maximum Fighting Championship 37: True Grit Chris Barnett vs. Smealinho Rama. From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Wednesday



    3:30 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    3:30 a.m. ET MavTV: The Conventioneers
    UFC Fan Expo Jason and Matt jump into the trade show octagon at the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship Fan Expo.

    5:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC From All Angles
    Middleweight Michael Bisping.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 2: Not in the House

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. and his coaches are unhappy with Team Penn's effort; Gabe goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    11:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    11:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    2:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: George Sotiropoulos vs. Ross Pearson Prelims
    Cody Donovan vs. Nick Penner; Mike Wilkinson vs. Brendan Loughnane; Manuel Rodriguez vs. Benny Alloway; Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce; Joey Beltran vs. Igor Pokrajac; Yaotzin Meza vs. Chad Mendes. From Queensland, Australia. (Card subject to change)

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. and his coaches are unhappy with Team Penn's effort; Gabe goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    UFC to Pride Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    7:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage: Best of 2012


    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    8:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 23
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    9:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    10:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage: Best of 2012


    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 4: Waah, Waah! Team Pulver looks to continue its winning; Team Penn must deal with a member that won't listen.

    12:00 a.m. ET MAvTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 23
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 1 Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Yoshiyuki Yoshida; lightweights Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher; rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 2 Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien; Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher.

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck; Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni; Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin II Highlights of UFC 147 in Brazil.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    FOX 7 Fight Flashback Ultimate Fighter upset winner Kelvin Gastelum in studio.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Fighters that successfully transition from UFC to Pride.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 3: This is My Zone B.J. and his coaches are unhappy with Team B.J. Penn's effort; Gabe Ruediger goes to extreme measures to cut weight.

    7:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 1 Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Yoshiyuki Yoshida; lightweights Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher; rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Bad Blood
    Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz Bitter enemies Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz do battle in an outside of the Octagon.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fighter's Cut - Tito Ortiz relives two of his most famous fights.

    10:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 133

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    Welterweights Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida face off in UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    6:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider Hendricks on the Brink Johny Henricks all-access account of his UFC 158; Alexander Gustafsson provides a tour of his home; Cain Velasquez's Harley Davidson photo shoot.

    6:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best Of Sonnen Chael Sonnen all-access account of his UFC on FOX; the greatest trash talker of them all; Sonnen mic'd up for his real time reaction to the legendary fight between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson.

    7:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    7:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Matt Brown's journey; the Signature Moves of Travis Browne; Miesha Tate mic'd up for the historic Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche; Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar off the cuff about fight films.

    7:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 126

    8:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Fight Night
    UFC 124: Relive all the action from UFC: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis in Seattle.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez - Preview of all the action ahead in FOX UFC Saturday Henderson vs. Melendez at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 126

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez - Preview of all the action ahead in FOX UFC Saturday Henderson vs. Melendez at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 126

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    Shogun Grand Prix Mauricio Rua's epic run in the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament.

    9:00 p.m. ET The Score: The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with a focus on exciting match-ups and developing the next generation of great fighters. Tune in for non-stop action from events across the country.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    EPISODE: 1 Welterweights Anthony Johnson and Yoshiyuki Yoshida; lightweights Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher; rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    A look at the most anticipated fights in the upcoming UFC event on Saturday, April 20th.

    12:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 1: It's Like Anarchy Here

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  • 5 Questions: UFC 104 By: Jake Rossen



    D. Mandel/Sherdog.com


    I don’t have the answers. Watch the show.

    Is muay Thai the right answer for Lyoto Machida?

    In 15 career fights, the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion -- or as pronounced by Lyoto Machida himself, champeeon -- has rarely been tested by a high level of muay Thai. Thiago Silva has good stand-up, but few wins against top opposition; Sam Greco, virtually a pure kickboxer, took Machida the distance in 2004, but also outweighed him considerably. There’s not much precedence to draw on.

    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is a muay Thai Tasmanian devil -- all arms and legs. Aggression and accuracy could be a proper solution to Machida’s head movement. So could a hammer. Rua can only pick one Saturday.

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  • Primer: UFC 104 By: Jake Rossen

    D. Mandel/Sherdog.com


    In 2007, when Pride folded into the origami shape for failure, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took his 16-2 record to the UFC, where he was expected to beat his chest atop a pile of corpses. Instead, he was thoroughly battered by Forrest Griffin and barely eked out a win against a man fifteen years his senior in Mark Coleman. Knocking out Chuck Liddell, the new statistical norm for that fighter, resulted in confidence that the “old ‘Shogun’” had returned. It also resulted in a title shot. Not exactly a walk through the gates of fire, but okay.

    I remain skeptical, mostly because “old ‘Shogun’” is a nightmare of punctuation and I loathe typing it, but also because he’s looked good for roughly five minutes out of a 35-minute UFC career. Oddsmakers believe he has only a 33% chance of defeating Lyoto Machida, whose base style of karate should have given him only a .005% chance of success in the sport. So maybe odds aren’t everything.

    What: UFC 104: Machida vs. ‘Shogun,’ an 11-bout card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view, with a live preliminary show airing on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

    Why You Should Care: Because Machida is the closest thing we’ve got to a profound, peerless martial artist; because whether “Shogun” has found his old form or not, he will make it exciting; because Ben Rothwell is going to force Cain Velasquez to scramble and work like hell to overcome his size; because judo remains an under-represented style in MMA and Yoshiyuki Yoshida can counter Anthony Johnson’s stand-up with the highly technical ploy of dumping him on his head.

    Fight of the Night: Machida’s unblemished record raises stakes for every second he’s in the ring; “Shogun” will stay in his face.

    Sleeper Fight of the Night: Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher: three rounds of Fisher getting scooped up and then working overtime on the feet to compensate.

    Pre-emptive Complaint: Chael Sonnen vs. Yushin Okami might be a concentrated effort to keep blood pressure among viewers steady; Okami, talented as he is, makes Ricardo Arona look like Jet Li.

    Hype Quote of the Show: “I just saw what he wrote about me and I am going to punch him in the face for that, plain and simple.” -- Fisher on Stevenson’s verbal warfare. At least he’s not in Fisher’s head.

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