Fight2 Win Philly Sees Legend Prevail
Last weekend, Fight 2 Win 90 took place in Philadelphia, PA. The main event featured ADCC champion and IBJJF Silver Medalist JT Torres vs. Dylan Royce, and the co-main event between Baret Yoshida, and hometown star Kristian Woodmanse.
The outcome of the main event did not come as a surprise, as JT was heavily favored and defeated his game opponent with an armbar. However, in the co-main event, the 43 year old Yoshida, pulled off the slight upset when he defeated the 30 year old Kristian Woodmansee, an IBJJF Black Belt Pan No-Gi Champion (2018), as well as a IBJJF Brown Belt World No Gi Champion (2013), by anaconda choke.
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An American Submissions Grappling Legend
Yoshida is an American submissions grappling legend, having won the IBJJF World No Gi Championships in 2008 and 2009, and placing 2nd (Silver Medalist) in the 2001 and 2003 ADCC Tournaments. He quickly became a fan favorite as he was able to submit heavy favorites like Wellington Diaz by flying armbar in the 1999 ADCC, as well as Gustavo Dantas and Alexandre Soca by kneebar in ADCC 2001. He also had very close decision losses to legend Royler Gracie, losing to him by 2-0 in both ADCC 2000 and ADCC 2001.
Yoshida was born in Hawaii, where he started training BJJ in 1994 at Relson Gracie’s academy. In 1999, Yoshida switched to Egan and Enson Inoue’s gym, where he was awarded his black belt in 2002.
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Accomplished MMA Fighter
In addition to his storied grappling career, Yoshida is also an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter, with a record of 6-6-1, with 5 submissions wins- fighting in the esteemed Shooto and Pancrase organizations in Japan.
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