2 weeks ago but I was already waiting for a fight for a long time. I'm in shape this time. It's hard training by myself, though. I hope to fight. I wait to fight in BUSHIDO but they didn't put me in the show so I rested a little bit and then started my training again.
Has there been any talk of a rematch with Dan Henderson?
I would like that fight a lot. That fight is not finished for me. I can't get it out of my head. I don't care if I win or lose the fight. It's like, if I use my elbow and KO the guy, it's illegal. I got a head butt but I think he knows it was an accident and the head butt influenced the decision.
Have you been training with everyone or by yourself?
He's an excellent judo guy. He's improved his punches. He's a southpaw and his left-hand is dangerous. He fights with a normal judo stance, with the left hand back. It's hard for a guy to change for a fight so his left has a lot of power.
Semmy Schilt is the same. He's left-handed but he stands with his left in the front. You, of course, have a boxing and jiu-jitsu background. For Nakamura, is his left hand the biggest thing you have to watch out for or do you think he can give you a challenge on the ground?
I think he's going to try to take me down and punch. I think if I open my guard and try to finish him, he won't stay. He'll stand up and try to punch more. I don't think he's very dangerous on the ground for submitting me. I think the real danger is his left hand.
I really want to compete in the Middleweight Grand Prix. I want to try to get the belt. I know I can make a good fight. The last time, I only had 1 week's notice before the fight. It was crazy. I think I did a good job, though. I'm really competing with time for preparing myself. My focus is the Middleweight Grand Prix.
You've got Quinton, Silva, and Kondo nowadays. There are a lot of good fighters in the Middleweight class. What gives you and advantage over these guys?
I think my experience will help me a lot. I am calm and patient in the ring. I try to study the guy before the fight and make a strategy. I study a lot of MMA, not only jiu-jitsu. We have a laboratory in Brazilian Top Team and we study submissions, wrestling, muay thai, etc.
Kharitonov is so tough. He's like a rock. I think Rodrigo got the hard road. Fedor is going to beat Ogawa. Not easily but easier than Rodrigo will beat Kharitonov. Rodrigo is going to be a little tired but I think it's a good challenge for him. I think he's going to win.
Do you think this is the best shape Rodrigo's ever been in?