Aleksander Emelianenko & Sergei Kharitonov

Pride Fighting Championships: How do you feel now?
Alexander Emelianenko: I feel really good. I don't have any injuries, so I feel like I can fight even more.
Pride: Unfortunately, you weren't able to enter the Open Weight Grand Prix as a reservist. What do you think about that?
Emelianenko: I wanted to fight, of course, but I think it was fate. I didn't want to simply fight in the Grand Prix Final Round. I wanted to win.
Pride: What did you work on after your last loss to prepare for this fight?
Emelianenko: Not making the same mistake twice. I had a fever and was tired before (my fight with) Josh. I didn't make that mistake again.
Pride: Did your brother give you any advice?
Emelianenko: He told me to bring a win home.
Pride: Has anything changed in Kharitonov since he was your teammate?
Emelianenko: We trained at different places now. I hope he will learn how to properly treat people that he used to train with. I think he learned a good lesson about being human.
Pride: Did he do something to make you angry?
Emelianenko: He was affected by a lot of things from Fedor and from a sportsmanship point-of-view, I couldn't believe that he was saying he is going to finish us.
Pride: I think your brother will be your biggest rival in the future. What will you work on to be able to beat your brother?
Emelianenko: I'll think about that once a fight has been confirmed.
Pride: Who do you think will win the Final Round today? [Note: this interview was taken before the end of the event.]
Emelianenko: Both fighters are strong so I can't predict the winner. I think the winner will be the fighter than has trained the most and wants to win the most.
Pride: Since you recently lost to Josh, do you hope someone will beat him?
Emelianenko: I'm confident that I could beat him if I were competing.

Pride Fighting Championships: You had a blank look immediately after the fight finished. What was the reason for that? Do you have any memory from that time?
Sergei Kharitonov: There are no problems with my condition. It was a battle for Russia and I regret letting this chance slip away.
Pride: How are your injuries?
Kharitonov: I don't have any injuries from the fight. I've had a lot of time off since the fight in which I was injured. This is the first step back. I was in my normal condition coming into this fight.
Pride: You seemed upset when the fight was stopped.
Kharitonov: I have been trained in the military and I was ready to fight until the end. The fight is part of a business event though, so I understand that the decision to stop the fight was appropriate.
Pride: Was it difficult to fight a former teammate?
Kharitonov: I was as excited as always, so it didn't bother me. It's unfortunate that my first fight after my injury ended like this. I want to begin training for my next fight.
Pride: What did you and Alexander say to each other after the fight?
Kharitonov: We both just expressed our gratitude to each other for the fight.
Pride: Alexander said that you don't seem to have enough respect for others. How do you feel about that?
Kharitonov: What Alexander said is not a correct way of thinking. We were connected as sports athletes. Athletes often go to other gyms and I don't think that is anything special. I respect their techniques. I think this was a great comeback match. Next time, I want to give an even better fight.