PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
You were the big star for Japan in the past Bushido. What do you most enjoy about being a fighter in Japan?
Takanori Gomi :
PRIDE is different than where I came from. I just want to do my best in the PRIDE ring and give the fans a good time so they can go home satisfied.
You're a very good striker and you obviously worked on that. Your opponent, Ralph, is a good striker, too. Do you want to keep it standing up or are you comfortable on the ground with a Gracie?
My game plan is confidential but I can promise that I will do my best.
Did you see the fight between Mishima and Ralph?
Yes, I saw it.
What is your opinion on each of their performances?
Mishima is a top ground fighter in Japan so for Ralph to beat him on the ground is an accomplishment. His boxing was good, too. I think Mishima went along with Ralph on the ground too much.
You are considered the 2 nd best fighter, after B.J. Penn, in your weight class. Is there any extra pressure to perform at that level or do you not worry about that kind of stuff?
Well, I lost to B.J. but luckily, he's not very well known in Japan. (laughing) I don't know how everyone in the world thinks about me but I think this is a fight that I must win, in order to fight B.J. again.
Have you found any weak points in Ralph?
He's a Gracie so I couldn't really find any weak points. What I thought was that I have to be fast and sharp to control the fight. Ralph is really a ground fighter with good boxing skills.
What would you like the American fans to know about you?
I want to beat this Gracie and spread my name in the United States.
During the fight, what should the fans expect from you?
I will continue fighting until the very end and I want to have another match with B.J Penn or someone near his level.
Would you like to fight B.J. in Hawaii again or another location?
Anywhere, as long as my opponent is B.J.