Pre-GP 2005 Opening Round Inte
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Pride Fighting Championships:
Last time we saw you, you had a good fight with Alistair Overeem. How do you feel physically going into this tournament?
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira:
Last time was a really good fight but this time I want to do better.
What do you have to watch out for against Dan?
His punch. His right hand.
You've beaten three of the fighters in this tournament. Does that give you confidence, being undefeated in PRIDE?
I think it will be difficult fights but I'm very confident and I'm sure I will be here until the end.
What have you been working on in preparation for Dan?
I trained with Darrell Golar. He has trained with Dan Henderson. I know his right hand is very powerful so I'm going to try to avoid it, and counter punch.
What does it mean having Darrell back? I know that he almost died last year. Was that any extra inspiration?
He's a great teacher, a good friend and he has a lot of experience. It's wonderful to work with him.
Has anything new happened?
Come on. You guys are boring! (laughing) Okay, Dan says that you may be a better striker than your brother. It could be the fight of the night.
I don't think that I'm better than my brother but I am growing up.
If you or Arona win your first match, you may have to face Vitor. Will that be a problem?
No, not at all. There's nothing we can do about that.
Is there any trouble between you guys?
No. It's just business. We are still friends.