POST PRIDE OPEN WEIGHT GRAND PRIX 2006 INTERVIEWS
Pride Fighting Championships:
That was a magnificent fight. Are you okay?
Yes, I'm fine. I researched my opponent well. In the end, it was a battle of will power, not strategy and strength. I respect him.
Were you confused my Thompson's feints when he was moving forward?
Yes. I could tell that he wanted to win, too.
How did it feel to fight in PRIDE again after so long?
I realize that I will have to keep fighting intense battles.
You took some hits. Did they hurt you?
Yes, I could feel it. He put a lot of feeling into each of his punches, so I took what his punches, put feeling into my own and gave them right back.
Do you remember the fight?
What will you work on from now?
I felt that the level of PRIDE has risen, so I need to improve myself.
Why weren't you in the ending ceremony?
I was there. (laughing)
Who do you want to fight in the 2nd Round?
Anyone would be fine. All of them are great fighters that are worth fighting.
Are you confident that you will win the Grand Prix?
Yes, I am. I will give a great fight.
Fedor apparently wants to fight Mirko.
Will you continue training at Marco Ruas' gym?
I trust Marco Ruas the most and I will continue training at his place.