Everything. I've been training for this fight and I prepare my mind when I train. Training for 6 weeks. Because after the last fight, I had some injuries in my hand and I had to spend some time in therapy.
Before the last fight, you said that you felt you were meant to be there. A calling, essentially. Were you pleased with your performance against Rampage?
Yeah. I just didn't know if I could finish the fight. I think I did a good job. I honored a deal with (Brazilian) Top Team and Pride. I'm happy for the last fight and I'm happy to be here again. Pride invited me again.
So, you've trained for 6 weeks. Do you have a specific game plan this time?
Yeah, I saw his fights many times. I know how he plays. He fought twice against our students, Arona and Nogueira. He's tough and I'm going to have a bad time winning. He's very good at takedowns and his boxing is pretty good too. He's got a good right. I have to be careful on my feet. I think it's going to be a very good fight.
I think the game will be more tight with you, rather than Nogueira, because Nogueira is so much bigger.
Well, you've got a good right, too. Watching all the fights, usually a fighter has one strength but you seem so complete. You've got takedowns and really light on your feet. What do you think is your strength and how would you fight you?
In our academy, the young guys are very good. I always feel that I'm getting old.
But even the young guys wake up complaining that they are sore. I ask, "how old are you?" They say "23" and I think oh my God. You know nothing, yet! Those kids give us the strength to go on everyday though. We work everyday and they make us feel young. We work everyday with kids 18-28 years old.