Yeah. For this fight, I was like 108kg and I had to drop down to 100kg. For this fight, my mind is set on training and more training. I'm really focused for this fight. I don't think I've ever trained this hard for a fight in my life. I started running and cross training.
Especially mentally. When I was young, I wanted to be Champion. So, I became Champion. Then I wanted to go to Japan because it's the place to be. Then I want to go to PRIDE because that's the thing. Then, I come to PRIDE and I'm at the top. I had some differences with my old trainer..
Do you think the success came too fast for you at your age?
Talking about Minowa, your opponent, he's obviously a little smaller than you are. You say that you are mentally focused but people know that you are the type of fighter than can end the fight at any time. Is quicker better?
No. When I went in before, I just wanted to win and hit them with one punch. That's never going to happen. Then, I was like "Oh, shit. What did I do wrong?" Now, I train so hard, I've got so much air. I just try to stay relaxed and pace myself. If I'm on the ground, I don't panic. I just relax. If I'm on the ground, maybe he puts an arm-bar on me. Maybe he submits me but fuck it, after the fight I will know that I did everything I could.
You know that in Japan it's entertainment, first and foremost.
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