Pride Fighting Championships:
You're 28 now?
What's your weight for this fight?
You've won two 4-man tournaments and two 8-man tournaments, correct?
I've been in so many, I don't remember.
How did you feel about your last fight against Dean Lister? You won but it was a split decision.
Dean Lister was 93kg and I was 84 kg. It was really difficult.
What has your training been like for this tournament?
Just training as usual.
Do you feel your prior experience with tournaments will give you an edge over the other fighters?
Of course, my experience gives me confidence against my opponents. Actually, all of my fights give me the confidence to win this tournament.
Do you feel more comfortable at this weight or at the lighter weight you were against Lister?
84 kg is better. Is there going to be a lightweight tournament?
We heard there is going to be one this fall. What are your hobbies?
I have a one-year old son. My hobby is playing with him.
You're from Armenia. Are you well known there?
I was born in Armenia but I'm not Armenian. I live in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Do you represent Armenia or Russia when you fight?
Russia. I was just born there.
Have you worked on your ground game at all or mainly just standup?
I want to win by a knock out.
But you are comfortable on the ground too, right?
I'm confident if the fight goes to the ground.