To continuously circle and punch. But, he grabbed he and the fight changed. I would have rather lost by submission that by decision but he never tried to finish me. He just sat on top and punched. I was thinking, "Is this jiu-jitsu?" He was stronger than I imagined and a lot bigger in real life than on the videos I watched. I received the offer just before the fight and I regret I was able to make better use of this big chance. Jiu-jitsu fighters have an image of being strong in positioning and finishes so I tried to let him grab me but he just defended and punched. He wasn't scary at all in the (pre-fight) press conference. Next time I want to practice more and win. It's huge chance so I hope I'll be able to fight in the next Bom-Ba-Ye.
I'm happy I won but I would have rather had a TKO or submission. He was a strong opponent. He escaped from my submissions and my knees. I'm sorry. He represents Inoki's Los Angeles Dojo and he represents Japan. I'm proud that I was able to win this fight. I wanted to punch more in this fight and grab his neck but his escapes were very good. I'll win next time.
Namekawa is already very strong. He already has more than enough of what it takes to be a fighter.
I'm grateful to Mr. Inoki for not only letting me learn how to be a fighter but a better human as well. I think (Inoki's) Los Angeles Dojo is one of the strongest in the world and a good representative for Japan. They represent Japan even though they are in America. I want to fight the Gracie's but they always refuse. Rickson's 400 wins and no losses is a big lie. I want to beat the Gracies one after the other and make them afraid.
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