The first time I got this offer, I didn't want to take the fight. I was doing pro-wrestling for a while, not MMA. The last fight I had was 4 years ago. At that time, I wasn't quit ready, mentally. I got this offer a month and a half ago and I thought wait a minute, maybe this is a good opportunity to get back in the game. I haven't been working out on the ground for a while so I went to the gym and worked out with guys like TK and his boys.
I think it's going to be a tough fight. He's bigger than me and he's got power but I think I will feel comfortable on the ground. I'm real comfortable on my feet. I think I have a good chance for this fight. I'm got stamina, too. I'm now 37. I used to think 37 was half in the grave but I started working out a lot and I feel better than when I was in my 20s. Now I'm really happy that I'm working out again, the hard way.
What does it mean to be back and competing in PRIDE? This will be your first time in PRIDE, in the biggest show of the year.
They've got the best fighters from all over the world. They make them fight not just for win or lose, but thinking about the crowd. It's more entertaining. I think we need that. The way they advertise each fight. They make a background story and put much more character into the fighters. I like that part.
How will you approach the fight with Ryan? What is your advantage?
Much better. Lots of training on the mat for like a month and a half. I would spar 12 rounds of 5 minutes each on the mat, with 30 seconds rest between. After that, I went to the kickboxing gym and trained for 18 rounds each day.