PRE-PRIDE 29 INTERVIEW
02/21/2005
Mauricio Rua

Pride Fighting Championships: What's your weight for this fight?
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua: 93 kg.
Pride: You and Ninja just did a seminar in the US?
Shogun: Yes.
Pride: You are going to the West Coast later this year?
Shogun: No. I think Nino is.
Pride: What have you been working on for this fight?
Shogun: Of course, I've been training a lot, especially in muay thai and jiu-jitsu. I want to represent my academy well in this fight.
Pride: How is going to work with you and your brother both being Middleweights in the Grand Prix?
Shogun: We both intend to be in the Grand Prix and we both intend to be in the finals.
Pride: You guys would really fight each other in the finals?
Shogun: Yes, of course.
Pride: You won't take it easy on each other will you?
Shogun: No.
Pride: Is there anything you have to be careful of in your upcoming fight?
Shogun: I've heard that he's a very good fighter. I don't think that I have to worry about anything in particular, though.
Pride: You are obviously well versed in muay thai and jiu-jitsu but you seem to prefer the knock out. Do you have a preference? Would you rather finish it with a knock out or a submission?
Shogun: Yes, of course, in our academy we are always training to look for a knock out. If we are standing, I will look for a knock out. If we are on the ground, I will look for a submission.
Pride: What do you think your opponent will do in the fight?
Shogun: I don't know how he is going to fight but I am very well prepared, both standing and on the ground.
Pride: We heard that you have a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Are you working for your black belt?
Shogun: Yes, I've been a brown belt for about one year but to tell you the truth, I don't care about the color of the belt. I am training a lot so maybe in the future I will get a black belt.
Pride: What do you think have been your biggest improvements from your first fight until now?
Shogun: I've gotten more experience from each fight I've had and this has been an important thing. For now, I just want to continue training in my muay thai and jiu-jitsu, and get better.