PRIDE GRAND PRIX 2005 2ND ROUND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MAURICIO SHOGUN AND MURILO NINJA
06/15/2005

Pride Fighting Championships: First, Ninja, what did you think about Shogun's performance in the Opening Round?
Murilo Ninja: I think it was the best fight of the night. Shogun's striking and grappling are complete, and he fought aggressively, using everything he had...

 

       

 

Pride Fighting Championships: First, Ninja, what did you think about Shogun's performance in the Opening Round?
Murilo Ninja: I think it was the best fight of the night. Shogun's striking and grappling are complete, and he fought aggressively, using everything he had.
Pride: Did you give him any advice?
Ninja: Not really but, before the fight, I told him to fight calmly.
Pride: Were you aiming for the clinch from the beginning?
Mauricio Shogun: Yes. Wanderlei, who has beaten Jackson twice, told me to.
Pride: You found Jackson's weakness by watching his fight with Wanderlei?
Shogun: Ninja and I watched Wanderlei and Jackson's fight many times. We were trying to figure out what techniques I could use well, not looking for Jackson's weak points, though.
Pride: There are a lot of fighters in MMA that can't fight from the clinch, aren't there? Do you think that the clinch is a big advantage for Chute Boxe fighters?
Shogun: Definitely. We do a lot of work on the clinch when we train.
Pride: Clinching is effective in muay thai. Is it effective in MMA, too?
Shogun: I don't make any distinction between muay thai and MMA. I have trained both since I joined Chute Boxe. I want to use more muay thai techniques from now on.
Pride: It was reported in the media that you had trouble cutting weight for the Opening Round. Is that true?
Shogun: No, not at all. I was just a little over (the weight limit) when I came to Japan. I got into the sauna and dropped to 93kg.
Pride: Silva looked like he was in a bad mood?
Shogun: Really? I didn't think so.
Pride: Do you think Wanderlei Silva is Chute Boxe's symbol?
Ninja: Yes, he's the top guy in Chute Boxe.
Shogun: He's a good example for us.
Pride: Who will you cheer if Shogun and Silva fight in the Finals?
Ninja: Shogun, of course!
Pride: Won't Silva get mad at you when he hears that?
Ninja: Shogun is family, so there's no other choice (laughing)
Pride: Do you also predict your brother will make it to the Final Round?
Ninja: He definitely will.
Pride: Have you imagined yourself actually fighting Silva?
Shogun: I haven't thought that far ahead. I have to win the fight in June first.
Pride: Who will be the biggest challenge in winning the Grand Prix?
Shogun: That would be Wanderlei.
Pride: What do you think of Silva's opponent this time, Nakamura?
Shogun: Nakamura definitely has good technique and I think he's a fighter you have to be careful, but Wanderlei will definitely win.
Pride: What do you think of each other?
Shogun: I get a lot of advice from Ninja and there are a lot of things I can learn. I think he's the number 2 guy in Chute Boxe, right after Wanderlei.
Ninja: Shogun is a fighter with a future. He'll be famous after he wins the Grand Prix.
Pride: Is there anything that you want the other to improve?
Ninja: I just want him to stop hitting me to wake me up so early in the morning.
Shogun: That's because Shogun is lazy! I don't want to become lazy like Shogun. (laughing)