PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW
05/24/2004
Kazuhiro Nakamura

Pride Fighting Championships: You're doing very well, winning your last 2 fights. How are you approaching this fight?
Kazuhiro Nakamura : I've only won by decision so I'd like to submit him.
Pride : Your opponent is a very good boxer. You had good striking against Dos Caras, Jr. Will you standup with Chalid or take it to the ground?
Nakamura : I'd like to trade with him a little bit. I was a little scared of striking in the beginning but now I'm comfortable.
Pride : What have you been working on since your last fight?
Nakamura : Boxing. I always workout on the ground with Yoshida and Kosaka. I didn't change the content of my training but increased the amount.
Pride : How much boxing do you do each day?
Nakamura : I box every day for about 2 hours.
Pride : How do you think boxing training compares to ground training?
Nakamura : I think both of them are styles in which the more you learn, the more you realize that you don't know.
Pride : Would you like to fight Nogueira again to erase your loss to him?
Nakamura : Of course. I wanted to fight him again immediately after our fight.
Pride : What would you do different this time?
Nakamura : I didn't know any striking at that time. I didn't want to get hit in the face, either. Now, I don't care. It doesn't bother me if I get hit and my face swells up.
Pride : What do you think is the key to victory against Chalid?
Nakamura : I believe that I am better than him so I think I will find a chance to finish him in the ring.
Pride : What's your goal for the rest of the year?
Nakamura : I dropped weight so I want to be strong enough that they will invite me to fight in the next Middleweight Grand Prix.
Pride : What would you like American fans to know about you?
Nakamura : I'm a fighter but I also teach judo to children with Yoshida.
Pride : Anybody you'd like to fight in the Middleweight division?
Nakamura : Wanderlei Silva, of course.