Yasuhito Namekawa has been picked to face Mauricio Shogun in the 10/14 PRIDE BUSHIDO 5 event to be held at Osaka Castle Hall. Shogun has beaten his last two Japanese opponents. Namekawa is always looking for a "battle to the death" so this will be a war.
Pride Fighting Championships:
At the press conference you said that you want to "beat Shogun and become the Shogun of Osaka Castle." One-liners like that are pretty rare for you.
I had never though about fighting him before but when I was approached, I thought that he's an opponent worth fighting. Fighters that are aggressive are actually easier for me than fighters that are passive and just try to tackle all the time. I'm more relaxed that when I fought Valavicius in BUSHIDO.
Yes... but, would it be un-cool for me to say it's going to be a striking battle and then go for a takedown? (laughing) When I get angry, I can only see one thing so I'd rather stay calm and fight hard.
I heard that you hurt you neck when you fought in Korea in June. How is it now?
Of course. I was fighting under those rules so I thought he would go for a spinning choke from the 4-points position. My opponent is a Brazilian Top Team member so I was careful of that. Then, he kneed me. (laughing) Everything went black and went unconscious for a second. (laughing)