BUSHIDO VOL.7 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
Nino wore a gi for your match.
What do you think he wanted to use it for?
Did it bother you?
Not at all. I always see Yoshida and Nakamura training in their gi at the dojo so it didn't surprise me.
It was like a 15 minute clinch.
Yes, it was. It was pointless. I'm made at myself of course, but I'm really mad at him.
What was your plan?
I wanted to stand. Nino said that my striking wasn't so scary so I expected him to stand with me but he's not the kind of opponent for me. I just wasn't strong enough to KO him.
Did Kosaka say anything to you?
Nothing special but he told me to relax like usual.
Were you aiming for a stomp at the end?
He had stamina in the first round so I think he wanted a submission, and I wasn't able to do what I wanted. He was out of stamina at the end and I was able to stomp him.
Why did you return to the dressing room as soon as the fight was over, without receiving you award?
I was angry at myself and angry at him. There are a lot of things I regret about that fight.
There was a group of people from your hometown cheering for you.
Even though they came to cheer me, my fight was disgraceful. I'll start training again right away next week.
How do you think the tournament will turn out?
I have no right to discuss that. I won but I feel like I'm right on the edge. I think my next fight will be determine everything.