From my first fight until now, I've lost 18 kg. I see a big improvement in my stamina and my speed. It's not perfect like other guys like Kevin Randleman and guys that have been here for a long time. I'm working to have that much speed and stamina but for this fight, I've built up so much stamina that I feel really healthy. I can go 10 minutes but I always say that I don't want to go 10 minutes. Everybody asks me if I'm ready to fight for 10 minutes and I say I've never wanted to fight for 10 minutes. I'm trying to knock him out as fast as I can. If I do have to go 10 minutes, I'm prepared.
How have you prepared for that? What's your training regiment?
We did a lot of circuit training. In a ring, my trainer had me going 1 minute on the ground, then run to the sand bag for 1 minute, and doing different things for 10 minutes without stopping. He had me on the step machine so I could build up my legs and stamina for 10 minutes. That type of thing. I go to Takada Dojo and a jujutsu dojo. In jujutsu, they actually teach me the moves. In Takada Dojo, we do ground work but I had never in my life gotten anyone in an arm lock so I didn't know the feeling. In jujutsu, they'll teach me to do this arm lock so I'll knock what to do. If he's throws his leg over here, I'll know he's coming for an arm lock.
You work on specific submission techniques until you are comfortable with them?
Basically, they teach me defense. They want me to feel what it's like to do it myself. Then I'll know and it's in my head. Now I know how to escape. We practiced escaping from the kimura. I didn't know it was that easy to get out of! (laughing) They showed me that and I could have just rolled out of it or spun around his head.
Yeah, but if you don't know, you don't know. You also said that you are not like Randleman and those guys but they never had to lose 45 lbs.
I know he's a judo guy. I watched Yoshida's videos. The latest one I watched was him against Mark Hunt. That's almost like me. Yoshida's always shooting for the legs and that guy's working out at Yoshida's dojo. We're thinking that it's going to be the same thing as the Mark Hunt fight because Yoshida has fought someone like me.
Yes. In sumo, I'm built not to be taken down because if you are taken down, you lose. I have that background and wrestling. When I do the sprawl, they were surprised at how fast I could sprawl and get back up at Takada Dojo.