PRIDE-31 POST FIGHT INTERVIEWS
03/01/2006
Alistair Overeem

Pride Fighting Championships: That was an amazing fight. Was that how you planned it?
Alistair Overeem: I had prepared for a ground fight so it was basically as I planned.
Pride: Did you have trouble going for a lock or a choke?
Overeem: I trained for it but Kharitonov escaped. I wasn't able to submit him but I was prepared for it.
Pride: How did it feel to fight at 103kg?
Overeem: I gained weight so I lost some speed.
Pride: Will you lose weight after this fight?
Overeem: No.
Pride: How about for the Open Weight Grand Prix?
Overeem: I want to gain a little more weight.
Pride: Kharitonov was considered as top contender against Fedor.
Overeem: I respected him before the fight and I do now, too. His boxing skill has improved and he's a good fighter. My feeling of respect hasn't changed.
Pride: Would you like to fight Shogun?
Overeem: I would like to fight Shogun in the Open Weight or Heavyweight Divisions. There are a lot of fighters coming into PRIDE though, so I don't know what will happen.
Pride: Would you like to fight Fedor?
Overeem: If there's a lot of money on the line. (laughing)
Pride: Why didn't you bring your trademark sledgehammer with you this time?
Overeem: I just forgot it. I will bring it next time.