"Takashi Sugiura (NOAH) has raised his hand and volunteered to be on the July 19 PRIDE BUSHIDO event. NOAH's heretic has been away from PRIDE for 2 years. Sugiura's opponent will be Giant Silva, who fought Ogawa in the June 20 PRIDE GP 2nd Round event."
What did you think of MMA after fighting Daniel Gracie?
Not really. I've only had 1 fight. If I were made for MMA, I would have beaten Daniel. Since I've experienced it first hand, I do know that I like this sport. I haven't had the opportunity to appear in PRIDE for 2 years since then so I'm really happy.
You said something like "it finally worked out" in the press conference.
Scheduling is everything. My main job is pro-wrestling. Until an opening in our show schedule opens up, I can't do anything else. It wasn't that I was just waiting for someone to fight. I was, however, always doing MMA training so that I would be ready to fight at any time. 2 years is a long time, though. I'm getting old, after all.
It's a completely different thing. In a pro-wrestling match, I'm thinking about how can I give the fans a good time. MMA is first and foremost about the win. That's why I'll use what I trained in when not doing pro-wrestling.
Your position is as an athlete, challenging yourself in MMA.
It's not that important. Really. (laughing) When I was an amateur wrestler, I always had my eye on the Olympics. However, PRIDE is not the ultimate goal for me. I will be happy if I can just finish this fight.
I just want to be the same as always. My training has changed but I'll keep all everything about my food and daily life the same right up until the day of the fight. I get tired when everything's changed up. I don't want to get nervous until right before the fight, when I climb into the ring.