PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
Who will be in your corner?
Ryo Chonan :
Yokoi, my good friend. Riki Onodera and Yoshida.
How do you feel about fighting in PRIDE?
I want to show how dangerous I am so all the fighters know it. (laughing)
Would you say that your biggest victory was against Mach Sakurai?
It's only the beginning of my career. (laughing)
Have you trained a lot on the ground for this fight? Almeida is a very good ground fighter.
No. Conversely, I trained my striking ever more intensely.
So, you want to keep it standing?
Have you worked on your takedown defense a lot?
That's my weak point so I hope (Almeida) will have fun doing that. I know that I can overwhelm him with striking, though.
Have you seen Almeida fight?
Almost all of them.
Did you see any weak points you can use?
No, I didn't find any. (laughing) He's perfect!
What would you like the American fans to know about you?
I will fight in the cage eventually so look forward to it. (laughing)
You have a good sense of humor. What do you do for fun?
I love to ride my bike but I wrecked it. Now, I have to fight to earn money to buy another one.
What should we watch for during the fight?
I'll show you that I'm like a Japanese hurricane.
Do you always prefer to standup or do you occasionally like to fight on the ground?
I never fight on the ground. I train to fight on the ground on practice, of course, but in fights I always strike.
What if Almeida takes you down and you get on the bottom?
I'll strike from the bottom.