Pride Fighting Championships: You're 37?
Tamakairiki : Yes
Pride : Why at this stage of your life did you want to get involved with PRIDE?
Tamakairiki : Because I want to fight!
Pride : What kind of training have you been doing?
Tamakairiki : I had 10 years of nothing but I've been training from 9am to 9pm every day since September of last year.
Pride : What type of training have you been doing?
Tamakairiki : Kickboxing and ground work.
Pride : Your opponent, Akira Shoji, has the most fights ever in PRIDE. This is your first fight in PRIDE. How do you feel about that?
Tamakairiki : I'm very excited about it.
Pride : What's your game plan?
Tamakairiki : I'm going to knock him down.
Pride : So, you want to win by KO?
Tamakairiki : KO by punches and kicks.
Pride : Have you ever competed in kickboxing?
Tamakairiki : No, just sumo.
Pride : Do you prefer to fight standing up or on the ground?
Tamakairiki : Standing up.
Pride : What have you been doing for the last 10 years, since you retired from sumo?
Tamakairiki : Running my business and training at a sports gym.
Pride : You kept up your conditioning?
Tamakairiki : Yes.
Pride : What's your most dangerous weapon?
Tamakairiki : My kicks.
Pride : How do you feel that your long history in sumo will benefit you in this fight?
Tamakairiki : I think the mental side will play a big part. The technical side is very different, though. Nobody can beat me, in terms of heart. I'm not afraid of being hit.
Pride : What do you like to do when you are not training?
Tamakairiki : I don't have any leisure time because I've been devoted to training all the time.