Judo gold medalist vs K-1 kickboxing champion
When a pure grappler fights a pure striker the result is usually going to be the same. The grappler has a huge stylistic advantage over the striker and is going to win the vast majority of the time. But what happens if the striker is a high level K-1 kickboxing champion in addition to being much larger?
In the video below we see that very situation play out as Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida fights K-1 kickboxing champion Mark Hunt who possesses a pretty large weight advantage as well.
Yoshida won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer games while Mark Hunt won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix. That makes this MMA fight a pretty compelling affair between two world class competitors in their chosen sports.
This was the very first MMA fight of Mark Hunt’s career but was Yoshida’s fifth fight, giving him an edge in experience in addition to his stylistic advantage.
The striker, Hunt, shows a lot of promise in this fight but makes the mistake of grappling with a grappler early in this bout. Despite the strategic error, he ends up surviving an early armbar and leglock attempt from the judoka, Yoshida.
Hunt lands a couple hard shots on the feet after a separation but again makes the mistake of going to the ground with Yoshida, who is light years ahead of him in the grappling department.
Hunt is able to get top position and land some decent ground and pound, but is it enough to finish the Judo gold medalist? Watch the video below to find out.
ABOUT HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA:
Hidehiko Yoshida (born September 3, 1969) is a Japanese gold-medalist judoka and retired mixed martial artist. He is a longtime veteran of Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships, competing in the Middleweight (93kg) and Heavyweight divisions. He won gold at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games at 78 kg. Yoshida also had two famous fights with MMA pioneer Royce Gracie that resulted in a no-contest and a time-limit draw. [Source: Wiki]