Hayato "Mach" Sakurai has been slated to take on the newest Gracie, Crosley, on 10/14 in PRIDE BUSHIDO 5, to be held at Osaka Castle Hall. After losing a decision to Rodrigo Gracie in BUSHIDO 2, it seems that Mach has found a new state of mind and has a lot of tough words.
Pride Fighting Championships:
You were dressed up at the press conference. That's rare.
That worked because it was Royce. The newer generation of Gracies can strike too, not just grapple, and they are well balanced. Of course, I don't plan on playing his game. I can play it but I won't let him walk over me.
He should be there because he won his last 3 fights. I'd like to have a good fight this time so it'll be a smooth transition into Gomi's fight. If I'm still alive. (laughing) I fight like I'm going to die. That's the truth.
Do you regret that he got the main position before you?
I'd like to fight in the main event in BUSHIDO at least once but I've fought in many main events before. You know, you have to wait a really long time. That's why I'd rather fight in the first match. (laughing) After I finish, I'll watch the other fights and go home as quickly as possible. If I can pass the baton to Gomi on an upbeat this time, that'll be great. We are both from Kiguchi Dojo, after all.