PRIDE-31 POST FIGHT INTERVIEWS
Pride Fighting Championships:
That was an amazing KO.
Was that last right punch on the temple?
I think it probably was. That's not something you can train for. You can do it if you practice boxing for many years so I just did it with feeling.
You fell backwards after Sperry punched you in the beginning. Were you conscious?
I almost went unconscious for a second. I was fighting with a strong spirit. I think that was my way of fighting. I wanted to fight as long as my body would keep moving.
Before the match, you said this would be a fight with yourself. Did you win that fight?
Yes. I wanted to keep moving forward and attacking, even if I got hit a few times.
After the fight you said you'd retire if you won the Open Weight Grand Prix. Was that true?
I've made up my mind. I made up my mind before today's fight. I took a good look at myself about the Pancrase in October of last year and I felt angry. I thought that it would be better if I quit. I felt like I wanted to give it just one more try.
When did you begin to feel that way?
Last year. That's why I returned my (Pancrase Championship) belt. I returned the belt because someone that is going to quit shouldn't have a belt.
And amid all that, a new life has been born.
It might just be coincidence but the date (for the birth of my child) had already been planned. It was destiny and I was scared. It gave me strength.
Is that why you want to fight in the Open Weight Grand Prix?
I'm not thinking of anything but winning. I want to go back to my roots to become make myself stronger and become the best.
Was your child born this morning?
Not yet. I asked it to wait. I will be at the delivery tomorrow.
Who would you like to fight in the Grand Prix?
If possible, I'd like to fight Fedor.
You might have to fight some of your training partners, including Yoshida, on the way up the ladder.
I don't want to fight my friends but there's nothing I can do about it. If it were a tournament, I'd rather do it in the Final Round, though.