I'm happy that I was able to control the in-fight. I'm happy that I was able to win a back-and-forth fight that was like a war. This fight was a test of my mental strength. I think Kawajiri showed incredible mental strength, too.
How did Kawajiri's strength compare to what you expected?
That was about the strength I expected and hoped for. He's the #3 fighter in the world, after all. His punches have improved. He was exactly the fighter that I expected.
What are you goals for next year and who do you want to fight?
I want to become the PRIDE Champion. I want to fight Gomi. I want to fight Gomi so I can become the Champion. I have a lot of respect for Gomi.
Did you watch Gomi's fight?
I saw it. It was an amazing fight and he showed us that he has extremely brutal abilities and talent. He is a truly great fighter.
I have to be more careful about everything. I have some rough spots in my striking and grappling. Today's fight was a new experience for me. It was back-and-forth and there was really only a slight difference between us. I lost but I think I gained a lot.