Post-PRIDE BUSHIDO SURVIVAL 2nd ROUND Interviews
Hiroyuki Abe & Naoki Matsushita
Pride Fighting Championships:
It's been a while since you've been in BUSHIDO. How was it?
I love the BUSHIDO ring. It's fun, although my fight was bad.
Which part of it was bad?
I felt good physically. Mentally, though, I felt like I didn't want to lose and didn't punch enough.
You were doing some tricky moves.
I practiced a lot of moves in training but my mind and body weren't in sync (in the ring).
Why weren't you able to get yourself mentally in the game?
Having my first BUSHIDO match in a long time, and having it in Nagoya, was a bad combination for me.
Specifically, what is your next goal?
I don't have anything planned yet but I will do my best to fight in this ring again.
How do you feel now that the fight is over?
This event is so much more different than I thought it would be compared to the ones I've been in before. That's what I felt when I climbed into the ring.
Were you nervous?
Not exactly nervous. When I'm in the ring, I get caught up in the atmosphere along with the fans. My brother was cornering me. I could hear what my corner was saying to me and I was standing there, I was really aware that I was standing in a ring.
What was your game plan?
Grab him, throw him and pound him. He was really good at preventing that, though. Suddenly I felt a strong urge to knock him out and I went with striking (rather than my game plan).