PRE-PRIDE 29 INTERVIEW
Pride Fighting Championships:
What's your weight for this fight?
You fought in December, in Kiev, right?
What made you decide to go back to middleweight?
This is where I was 10 years ago. My natural weight was like this. I feel more comfortable. I'm faster. I'm not very tall so it's easier to fight at this weight.
You'll have a lot of power at middleweight. What was your diet?
Just to prepare for this fight, or in general?
Last time you said you only ate vegetables or something like that.
I eat everything, just a normal diet.
Have you lost any power or gained power?
I'm not sure if I gained power in my punches but I don't think it's hurt me. Of course, I'm faster.
Do you feel any different at this new weight, in terms of who's available to you now, like Wanderlei and the Rua brothers?
I have more chances to win now. It's difficult to face so many tough opponents in the Heavyweight division. I'm very optimistic now.
People don't realize that he's only 31 but he's been around forever in PRIDE. He's still very young, though. How have you prepared?
Just the usual training but I tried to run as much as possible. More running this time. I tried to play rugby.
Without pads, like in Australia?
Oh, I'm sorry, not "rugby." I meant rag ball. It's like playing football, but with wrestling. It's a Russian sport.
What do you know about Takahashi? How do you feel about fighting him?
From what I saw on his videotape, I have no doubt that I'm stronger than he is. I don't see any problem.
So, obviously you want to knock him out.
Yes. I would like to finish it in the first second.