TOTAL ELIMINATION 2004 PRE-FIGHT INTERVIEWS
06/20/2004
Nino Schembri

Pride Fighting Championships: How long have you been with Chute Boxe?
Nino Schembri: 4 months.
Pride: How has that helped you as a fighter?
Schembri: I've been doing a lot of standup with muay thai and combining it with my ground skills. It creates more opportunities to use my strengths.
Pride: Has your standup improved?
Schembri: Good enough for Sakuraba.
Pride: What do you think you will have to do to get the same result this time?
Schembri: I've been training 3 times/day. I've got excellent instructors and coaches, now. I'm better than I was the last time. At that time, I was just concerned about defending.
Pride: Do you think you can submit him if it goes to the ground?
Schembri: If we go to the ground and Sakuraba doesn't stand up right away, of course I will try to submit him.
Pride: What do you like to do when you are not training?
Schembri: Surfing. I go to Hawaii a lot.
Pride: Have you ever seen a shark when you were surfing?
Schembri: No.
Pride: How much do you think you've improved since you joined Chute Boxe, on a scale of 1 to 5?
Schembri: 6. I'm not world class but I've improved.
Pride: What was your number when you started?
Schembri: Maybe 3.
Pride: Ok, 100% improvement.
Schembri: I live in the Academy and train 3 times/day.
Pride: You are a two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion?
Schembri: No. Five-time. Two-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. I fought there 3 times, went to the finals 3 times and won twice.
Pride: You won the Most Technical Award at Abu Dhabi?
Schembri: Yes.