PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
How's your knee? You've been away for a long time.
Hiromitsu Kanehara :
I read that you wanted to fight Mirko before. Now you have the chance. He's coming off the biggest loss of his career. How do you feel about that?
I always wanted to fight Mirko but because we are in different weight classes, I never thought I'd have the opportunity.
A lot of people have tried to avoid Mirko after watching what he has done in the ring. What makes you want to fight him?
If you're going to become strong, you've got to beat strong men.
Would you prefer to strike with Mirko or try to take him to the ground?
Mirko is really strong in striking. I'd like to take him down if possible but even that is really difficult. It's case by case. I guess I'd like to work for a submission.
Have you been practicing your left hook?
Did you watch his fight with Kevin Randleman and did you learn something from it?
I can't use that fake anymore. I had thought before that I would like to fake a takedown and then go for the left hook but now that it's been used, I can't do it. I'll do something different.
How long have you known that you will Mirko?
After the Golden Week holiday in Japan. About 2 and a half weeks ago. Maybe 20 days.
Were you already training to fight?
Yes, as usual.
What did you change in your training, after you knew Mirko was your opponent?
I changed a lot actually. I'm a striker and I usually break the tackle and strike. Now that I know I'm fighting Mirko, I've started to practice my tackles.
Do you have any training partners that imitate Mirko in your training?
I didn't have anyone like that but I would have my training partners fight left-handed.
What is the new technique that you are going to use against Mirko, now that Randleman has used the left hook?
Mirko's responses are very good. That is his good point and I would like to take advantage of that.
Will you try to use the ring ropes to cut off Mirko and put his back against the ropes for the takedown?
I'd like to do that, if possible.
Have you been practicing taking him down from the ropes?
Yes but I won't know if I can do it until I try. I may try to push him once but if he's too strong, it will just wear me out. I don't think I will push him too much.
What would you like the American fans to know about you?
I would like for them to recognize my spirit and my courage.