A combined press conference and public weigh-in was held at a Tokyo hotel on March 13th in advance of PRIDE 25. Present at the meeting were Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Emelianenko Fedor, who were finalizing a deal for the Heavyweight Championship fight, Kevin Randleman, Quinton Jackson, Carlos Newton and Anderson Silva. With fight day only 3 days away, it was a tense atmosphere. All of the fighters present were weighed but only the Nogueira and Fedor's weigh-ins will be counted as official. The other fighters will have official weigh-ins later.
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What are the contracted weight limits?
uji Shimada, Rule Director for
The weight limit for Quinton Jackson and Kevin Randleman is 93 kilos. That's the limit for middleweights. Carlos Newton and Anderson Silva have to be under 84 kilos.
As I said earlier, it's an honor for me to be able to fight Nogueira. He has top-level techniques, both ground and standing. I'm very happy to be able to fight the person who is considered the best fighter in the world. This fight will have a lot of great content.
Fedor, you were injured near the end of last year. When did you begin training again?
I was injured but I never stopped training completely. I trained as much as I could without aggravating the injury. Once the injury was completely healed, I started my full training again.
What is the thing that you've focused on the most for this fight? And what do you think are you chances of winning this fight?
I trained a lot for this fight. It was Carnival in Brazil but I trained every day. 6 hours every day and 6 days every week. I trained in both ground work and standing. I'm in great physical, technical and mental shape. I don't know what my chances are in terms of percentage but I know I'm confident that I will win.
Of course I did some special training for this fight. I had the best Sambo trainers in Russia train me. I trained in groundwork, standing and striking. I don't think about how confident I am of winning. I just focus on how much confidence I have in myself. You'll find out the results on fight day.
Fedor, what is your average training day like and what is more important to you, fighting Nogueira or taking the title?
I usually train 5 hours each day. As far as the 2nd question goes, I'm honored to fight Nogueira. I don't know how many times I have to say it. I'm happy that I've got the right to fight him. Getting a title is every martial artist's dream and I'm not exception.
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