PRE-PRIDE GP 2004 FINAL ROUND INTERVIEWS
Pride Fighting Championships:
Who will be in your corner?
Chonan and Sakuraba.
What about Yoshida?
He's commentating in Athens for the Olympics.
How do you feel about your fight with Nogueira?
I missed my game plan. I focused on getting one big shot but I missed a lot of chances.
You felt that you should have taken advantage more?
I underestimated him a little bit.
How are your hands? Every time we see you, your striking is getting much better.
I think I only hit Nogueira well one time but I'm confident in my boxing.
Who do you train in boxing with?
I have some ranked boxing friends that I train with. I go to the boxing gym and they come to my dojo, too.
Sakuraba will retire soon and Yoshida's there, but he's hurt. Do you feel that you can become a big star in Japan?
I didn't feel that way the last time. There was more of a reaction the time before. I felt like I have a lot more work to do.
What do you think of Bustamante?
He seems like a really good person. He's ground work is very orthodox and he's got a good straight punch.
He's a good striker and has a good jiu-jitsu ground game. Where do you feel that you can be better than him at?
He's got more experience than me but I'm younger.
What are your goals for the rest of the year?
I'm not thinking about anything except using all my strengths in this fight.
What are your hobbies?
Walking around and eating.
What do you think about Ogawa versus Emelianenko?
As a Japanese, I want to cheer for Ogawa but Fedor is a better fighter.
And Nogueira versus Kharitonov?
I think Nogueira will win.
And in the Finals?