Post-PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006 Interviews
Shinya Aoki & Joachim Hansen
Pride Fighting Championships:
Now your fight is over.
I won, so it looks like I will have a good New Year.
How did you expect the fight to unfold?
I didn't expect it to end so quickly. When I got the takedown, I had no intentions of letting him back up, though.
What do you call that submission?
It's a foot-choke. [Note: Aoki's submission is also known as a "gogoplata"] We call it the "whoa" among my friends, so my corner told me to do the "whoa". (laughing)
How did your tights feel?
The same as always but the cheers from the fans felt good.
Why were you crying when you left the ring?
My dad never compliments me but he complimented me this time when I left the ring. I was so happy that I started crying.
Your father was ringside?
He was beside the entrance ramp. He has always bought his own tickets before but this time, I was able to invite him for the first time.
What are your parents' names?
My father is Tadashi and my mother is Misuzu.
How did you think the fight would turn out in terms of striking?
Hansen pressured me a lot but I pressured him with grappling, and my pressure won.
The deadline for your SHOOTO title defense is February. Do you have a title defense lined up?
I don't know yet. I can't say anything until next year.
How do you feel now that the fight is over?
I feel horrible.
Did you expect the foot-choke?
I know knew that technique so I anticipated it but I wasn't ready for his flexibility.
What was your game plan?
I wanted to strike. I knew he would want to grapple but he got a good hold on my kicking leg when I threw the low kick, and he was able to take me down.
Have you ever been submitted by a foot-choke before?
Never. I have put it on other people, so I knew about the technique itself, though.