I want to have more standup in the fight but I wasn't able to. PRIDE is mixed martial arts and there are a lot of elements besides striking. I believe that if I'm going to stand at the top, I have to be able to do everything. Of course, I want to stand at the top.
You hit your opponent with a hook. Do you think it hurt him?
I think he felt it. That hook cut Mishima above his eye. I think that was the first exchange with Mishima. It was because of that hook that he wasn't able to take me down. He's a very tough fighter.
Did you have any problems with the rules differences between UFC (and Pride)?
I was a little hesitant because of the slight difference in rules. For example, I wanted to throw elbows from the top position. It also took time to remember that I could knee to the head but Mishima was able to use that time to pull guard. However, I want to fight in the BUSHIDO Grand Prix and I want to fight regularly. I will get accustomed to the rule so I they will call me to fight again because I want to be famous in PRIDE. I think I can grow from that.
Where do you normally train at?
I train at a gym in Houston with the 6th ranked boxer in the WBA and a jiu-jitsu instructor. It's a good gym. There are a lot of fighters there, professional and amateur. I'm blessed with a good team and they helped me with simulations as soon as my opponent was decided. They are my support and we train hard together all the time.
You spoke with Bennett and Pulver after your fight. What did you talk about?
They both congratulated me on winning, and I congratulated them on theirs. I really like Pulver and I respect him. I'd like to fight him sometime. He lost to Gomi but he has a great record and I think he has the best takedowns in the world. Fighting against someone that I consider to be my hero is my dream. That's what I'd like to fight Pulver. About Bennett, I like him because he's crazy.
I wasn't able to bring the fight along at all. When I held him down on the ground, we were stopped. When I realized I was getting a green card, I felt pressured. I lost because I moved after I got position.
That's not embarrassing. I was just kept being told to move after I did a takedown and mentally, I couldn't get the green card out of my head, so somewhere in their my spirit broke. The most regrettable thing is that I lost to myself.