PRE-PRIDE BUSHIDO 3 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
Are you happy you're not fighting someone with the last name Rua?
Akira Shoji :
This will be your 20 th fight. Does it feel special?
I didn't realize that until someone told me yesterday.
Do you know much about your opponent?
Nothing at all except that he's been retired for a long time.
What's your strategy for the fight?
I think he will come straight out so I need to circle him and punch. I also want to give him a warm welcome to show him that PRIDE's not an easy place to fight.
Teach him a lesson right away?
Why do you think you've been asked to fight in PRIDE 20 times?
I don't know. I think one reason may be that I've met great instructors and trainers during my time in PRIDE and I've grown both technically, and as a person.
Looking back, what would you say is your favorite fight in PRIDE?
Every fight was impressive but especially my fight with Coleman.
Coleman has also said that he appreciates your fighting spirit. When you fought Renzo Gracie, did you think you would come back 19 times?
No, I could imagine it at that time. New fighters keep coming in and suddenly, people were calling me a veteran here. Sometimes I wonder if I can keep up. I still feel that there are things that I have to learn and that I have to work harder.