POST PRIDE OPEN WEIGHT GRAND PRIX 2006 INTERVIEWS
05/08/2006
Josh Barnett & Aleksander Emelianenko

Pride Fighting Championships: That was a tough fight.
Barnett: Of course it was. Everyone was saying that Alexander is scary, he's a monster and I should be careful! It wasn't a problem for me, though.
Pride: This fight changed very quickly. I think it might have been the first time for the fans to see that kind of fight.
Barnett: It was exciting. It was high-paced. My style is fast, fast, fast. Heavyweight fighters can't fight at a high pace. I was surprised at how quickly the fight was moving. It was interesting. When my opponent is a Heavyweight fighter, I come in with a lot of stamina, moving around and make them get tired. Then I finish it with "hakuretsuken" ("100 fists" from the comic "Fist of the North Star").
Pride: Did you expect the fight to become a boxing match?
Barnett: Alexander's boxing technique is definitely better than his brother Fedor's. He's an orthodox fighter so I can predict what he's going to do. It was impossible to predict what effect this fight would have on the MMA world so I can prepared to handle anything, no matter what happened. I practiced at a boxing gym for this match. I trained a lot with Curtis, Morris and Michael but I'm still only at about 50% of the boxing skill that I need to fight Mirko. I wanted to use more combinations but I think a win is a win. Sorry for talking so much.
Pride: Who do you want to fight in the 2nd Round? Mirko? Fedor?
Barnett: Which would you prefer? (laughing) Fedor is the Champion. Although I want to get revenge on Mirko, when I beat him, he will just come after me after that, and it will become repetitive. What I'm doing is my job and I want to make the fans happy. To me, I think it's more important to beat the Champion, Fedor, rather than get revenge on Mirko.

Pride: I think you were controlling the fight during the 1st round. What made the flow of the fight change?
Emelianenko: I dislocated my right hand and I couldn't use it anymore. That's why the flow changed. It's the base of my thumb.
Pride: When during the 1st round did the dislocation happen?
Emelianenko: I'm not exactly sure but I think I hit something hard in the beginning of the 1st round and that's when it dislocated. I couldn't use it at all after that.
Pride: You seem to have lost a lot of weight since last year. How much do you weigh now?
Emelianenko: I cut weight after the fight with Mirko. I'm not even sure how much weight I've lost myself.
Pride: I know the fight was moving very quickly but what did you think after fighting Josh?
Emelianenko: I was completely absorbed in the fight so there's nothing I can say about that. The fact that I dislocated my thumb is extremely unfortunate but I won't give up because of this. I will fight Josh again and I will become number one.
Pride: Who do you think will win this Grand Prix?
Emelianenko: Everyone in the Grand Prix is strong, so I can't compare them. Of course, I consider myself among them. You never know what's going to happen, no matter how strong you are, so I can't predict who will win. They will need skill and luck, and I had neither.
Pride: Do you think that Josh lacks something he will need to beat Fedor?
Emelianenko: As a fighter, I think he is lacking in many technical areas but I do think he is a great fighter. I'd like to fight him again before he fights Fedor.
Pride: You had an excellent win. What do you think about your fight?
Zentsov: The fight was confirmed one week ago so I didn't have time to do any special preparations. I've trained with Yvel before, so we knew each other's weak points. I was able to use that and beat him.
Pride: When did you and Yvel train with each other?
Zentsov: Over the past 2 years I have gone to Holland for special training and he and I have trained together many times. I don't remember exactly when. Meeting him again after so long, I thought he had lost a lot of weight and looked like he was in good condition.