Post-PRIDE BUSHIDO SURVIVAL 2nd ROUND Interviews
Hatsu Hioki & Jeff Curran
Pride Fighting Championships:
Congratulations on your first win. How did those 10 minutes feel?
Thank you very much. Those 10 minutes felt really long.
Your right eye is swollen. Are you injured?
I was injured when I took a knee on the ground. Everything's still working properly, though.
You landed a right low-kick early in the fight.
His front knee was bent, so I knew the low kick would connect.
You also took some front kicks. Did you think you were in trouble when he kicked you?
I wanted to close the distance between us.
You would stand up, even when you got a take down. Did you want to fight standing up?
Once we went to the ground, I didn't feel any pressure from him there. I tried to pass his guard and go for chokes from the bottom. He was good, though, so I changed the flow (of the fight).
Was it difficult to fight with rules that allow stomps?
His defense was better than I expected and he was able to avoid the stomps.
Curran was working for tackles. What did you think of his attacks?
I saw everything coming, the tackles and his attacks.
This was your first PRIDE and in your hometown, no less. Were you nervous?
I wasn't too stiff. I wanted to fight more.
He almost got your leg when you were stomping.
I knew that he could only go under me or go for a leg-lock, so I didn't go far enough that he could submit me. I was able to deal with it.
Now that you've won, what is your next goal?
I want to fight in SHOOTO, of course.
How do you feel about your loss?
Normally, I perform fine at events with this kind of pressure but Hioki was really aggressive. I needed to counter attack more.
There was a lot of standup action in your fight. Did you consider taking the fight to the ground?
I didn't have a specific game plan. I actually took too many kicks. I should have dealt with that earlier.
How is your knee? Was there any damage to your thighs from those low kicks?
The pain's not too much but my movement slowed down. I lost motivation and I was tired from the 1st round. I don't know why but that was the cause.