Post-PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006 Interviews
01/01/2007
Kazuyuki Fujita & Eldari Kurtanidze

Pride Fighting Championships: How did you feel about your fight now that it's over?
Fujita: My opponent's wrestling experience is far, far beyond my own, so I was on guard. I would like to express my respect to him for having enough pride in himself to climb into the ring.
Pride: What is your impression of Kurtanidze?
Fujita: His pressure was intense. I couldn't afford to make even a simple mistake.
Pride: Who would you like to fight?
Fujita: There are many. There are a lot of fighters that I have to beat to get to the top.
Pride: The top?
Fujita: Of course, since I'm fighting in PRIDE, I want to be the best.
Pride: Did your punches feel like they were working? It looked like the short upper right was landing.
Fujita: Yes, they did. I don't remember if it was my right or my left, though.
Pride: Was he trying to throw you?
Fujita: Yes. His pressure was incredible. I was doing all I could to keep from being thrown.
Pride: Kurtanidze didn't seem to be used to punching people in the face.
Fujita: I don't know. He may have been subconsciously aiming for my face.
Pride: After you loss to Silva, you said that this wasn't the end. Was this fight a good re-start for you?
Fujita: I think it was a good start.

Pride: What is your impression of Fujita?
Kurtanidze: As I've said before, Fujita has been doing mixed martial arts for longer than I have and I believed that he's a very smart fighter. I realized that is true after actually fighting him.
Pride: How did your first mixed martial arts fight feel?
Kurtanidze: I felt that mixed martial arts is definitely a fight for real men. My impression is that it's a sport for professional men. I believe this was a good experience for me.
Pride: Will you continue doing mixed martial arts?
Kurtanidze: I'm still thinking about it. As I said in my interview, if I left a strong impression on everyone, they'll probably see me again. I don't know what will happen in the future, though.