Pre-GP 2005 Opening Round Inte
04/22/2005
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.
Pride: What do you have to watch out for against Dan?
Nogueira: His punch. His right hand.
Pride: You've beaten three of the fighters in this tournament. Does that give you confidence, being undefeated in PRIDE?
Nogueira: I think it will be difficult fights but I'm very confident and I'm sure I will be here until the end.
Pride: What have you been working on in preparation for Dan?
Nogueira: 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.
Pride: What does it mean having Darrell back? I know that he almost died last year. Was that any extra inspiration?
Nogueira: He's a great teacher, a good friend and he has a lot of experience. It's wonderful to work with him.
Pride: Has anything new happened?
Nogueira: Nothing.
Pride: 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.
Nogueira: I don't think that I'm better than my brother but I am growing up.
Pride: If you or Arona win your first match, you may have to face Vitor. Will that be a problem?
Nogueira: No, not at all. There's nothing we can do about that.
Pride: Is there any trouble between you guys?
Nogueira: No. It's just business. We are still friends.