It's my first win so I feel really good. I'm very happy. I wanted to make the fight exciting for the fans. My first goal was to make the fans happy and my second goal was to win. It was a good fight and I had more power from working out more.
Were you working out more because you lost last time?
I was already thinking about gaining weight to fight in PRIDE when I fought Gomi. I think this is the best weight for me to fight in PRIDE at.
What is your best weight, regardless of whether you are in PRIDE or UFC?
Around 143 lbs (approx. 64.5 kg) is the best for MMA. I think for a small fighter like me to fight in BUSHIDO needs to be around 72 or 73 kg, though. I'm doing my best to put on weight so I can bring some excitement to BUSHIDO.
That's a cool hair cut you have. Does it have any meaning?
I dyed my hair red after I can to Japan. I've been training really hard recently and I didn't have time to worry about my hair style but PRIDE is a big stage to stand on so I did my hair like this for the fans, and for myself.
Will you continue to fight in boxing?
If PRIDE says it's okay, I will. I want to fight when the time is right. My striking combinations are good so I would like to fight if they will let me.
I was really embarrassed because of my training partners and friends. I'm an instructor so I thought that if I was able to use the techniques that I teach in a real fight, they would gain confidence. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use any.
I knew that Pulver is weak against low kicks so I threw them, but I knew that he's the kind of fighter that keeps coming even if he's in pain. I wanted to aim for his weak point, and then go for a takedown, but it didn't work.
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