The Nogueira brothers came to Japan on March 11th in preparation for their upcoming fights in PRIDE 25. Pride Heavyweight Champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will fight Emelianenko Fedor while Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will fight Kazuhiro Nakamura.
Pride Fighting Championships:
How's your conditioning?
I'm always at 100%. We always train hard and we trained ever harder for these fights because they are going to be more difficult.
We trained 3 times per day. Both Rodrigo's and my opponent are very tough.
Pride Fighting Championships :
What do you think of last year?
Hmm... It felt really busy. I wanted to please everyone around me, probably wanted to please them too much. I think I really pushed myself down too far. I was too concerned about the voices around me and bound myself up. I'd like to relax a little more this year.
Rogerio, your opponent, Kazuhiro Nakamura, said that he's going to knock you out with a left to the body. What do you think about that?
PRIDE is a great event with only the best fighters. There's no way it will go away.
I feel very bad that I haven't been able to live up to your expectations in the past. I'm growing and moving forward, step by step, and I hope to show you a more grown "me" on March 16th. I hope you will all support me.
Anything for Henderson?
This PRIDE will be a memorial for Mr. Morishita so let's give it all that we've got. Let's do our best and fight in a way that would make Mr. Morishita proud. That's what I'd like to say to him.