Paulo Filho

Pride Fighting Championships: You are 1-0 in PRIDE and 7-0 overall, right?
Paulo Filho: Yes.
Pride: Your last fight was against Daijiro Matsui last month in Gladiator.
Filho: Yes.
Pride: What kind of music do you listen to?
Filho: 2 Pac.
Pride: Which do you like more, Brazilian music or American music?
Filho: I prefer American music.
Pride: You don't do the salsa?
Filho: No, no. (laughing)
Pride: What do you do when you are not fighting?
Filho: I raise dogs. I used to raise fighting dogs.
Pride: You've beaten Shoji before. How much do you think you've improved since that fight?
Filho: I just got older.
Pride: What do you work on the most in training? I know you are good at takedowns.
Filho: I've got black belts in jiu-jitsu and judo. I've also been the Champion of Mundial. I have skills on the ground, as you know, so now I'm working on my striking more.
Pride: What do all of those tattoos mean to you?
Filho: This is my first dog. This one means warrior. This one is Mike Tyson.
Pride: Mike Tyson? Why Mike Tyson? Are you happy with it now considering what has happened to him? He's in debt and kind of crazy.
Filho: Yes, very much. (laughing) He just got a little bit older and a little crazy but I still like him.
Pride: What about the 2 dogs on top?
Filho: This is the symbol of the old Brazilian Top Team, under Carlson Gracie. Carlson Gracie was my first teacher and he taught me everything I know.
Pride: I know the one on your neck is "I came, I saw, I conquered" but what do the words on your arm mean?
Filho: If you need peace, you must be ready for war.
Pride: What happened to your hand?
Filho: I was in a car accident. I crashed my car and it rolled a lot.
Pride: That's the only injury?
Filho: Yes.
Pride: Someone must be looking over you. Guys like you and Kevin Randleman, who was also in a car accident, must be in really good shape to come out so well. If I got into an accident, I would die.