TATSUYA KAWAJIRI INTERVIEW
05/18/2006

Following the press conference held on May 17th to announce the June 4th PRIDE BUSHIDO 11 and PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix 2006 Opening Round event, Tatsuya Kawajiri spoke with reporters.

Tatsuya Kawajiri: I said (Bennett) is a joke because I never expected that we would fight. I'm not in a position to choose my opponents right now and I have to accept whomever they offer me. I guess I'll have to watch out for that arm-bar he used on New Year's Eve. (laughing) Of course I want to win but I also want to show off my strong points and appeal to the fans.
Honestly, I don't feel anything about Ishida fighting Aurelio before me. I'm not after the PRIDE belt right now. I want to start over from the beginning, have everyone recognize me (as a contender) and then fight for the belt. So, if Ishida beats Aurelio and then challenges for the title, I would be happy for him. I wouldn't mind. Ishida is Ishida. I am myself. We each fight our own fights. I don't know what the fight order is but if I go first, that's fine and if he goes first, that's fine, too. I want to work together, including Mach, to make each other better and have great fights.