I'm gaining experience with every fight. The last fight was very bad for me. I've been working on positions like the last fight. I know that everybody wants to drop me down and punch me in the face but I don't like that position. It's a very bad position.
Taking me down isn't a problem. I'm always going to be like that. If I fight someone like that, he probably won't want to take me down. He will be very tall like me. It's not too easy for him to go down for my legs. I'm always fighting someone that's strong and fast but not tall, so it's easy for them to take me down. I don't mind that but I don't like the mount. I had no idea how to get out of it.
So you are working on getting out of the mount now?
I did not watch the fight. I don't want to see it. It was a bad time for me. I just train and tell my coach and he said we have to train more. He's teaching me how to get out of it with technique, not power. You can't just use power because they have good position.
I started in the fight business very fast. I only had 5 days notice before my first fight. Pride told me that I can do a good job. That's why I keep working hard. I know the years come fast and I don't have too much time.
I don't know if you remember but after your Heath Herring fight, your legs were sore and you were saying "I don't know if I'm ever going to do this again." Now, your whole personality has changed. You want to fight. Are you starting to love this sport more?
Yeah, I appreciate it. It's a brand new situation for me. Herring was a brand new situation for me. Sentoryu was a brand new situation for me. I won that fight. That was very nice and I felt good. The fight that I lost to Ogawa was very hard for me. It pulled me down mentally, not physically. It was just unbelievable that I could train for all that time and then lose in 2 minutes.
Time is very fast. I'm not young like my son. I want to enjoy my time and enjoy everything that comes in front of me. I cannot say that I'm going to be Champion. I just want to keep training and get better and better.
He finished High School. He plays basketball but I told him to try wrestling in College. He's training in jiu-jitsu in Renzo's academy and he likes it. He did capoeira in Brazil when he was young. He's been doing jiu-jitsu for a couple of months. He comes home and says he's more tired than he's ever been playing basketball. I just want him to do what he wants to do and I will help him.
The hard thing for me after the Ogawa fight was coming home. I said to my wife on the plan that coming back will be hard. When I saw him, he said, "What happened, Dad? You did nothing. He kicked your ass." (laughing) Don't talk to me like that. I'm your dad. You're supposed to help me.