MITSUHIRO ISHIDA 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, Mitsuhiro Ishida spoke with reporters.

I don't feel anything special about receiving an offer to fight Aurelio. From what I've heard though, Aurelio has been saying something like Ishida will be an easy fight. I haven't asked him personally so I'm not sure but I think he is definitely looking past me. This is the first time I've ever been angry before a fight. It really pissed me off.
When I received the offer to fight Aurelio, I remember fighting Shaolin and I thought it was the same as that time. When I lost to Shaolin, I became a stepping-stone for Kawajiri... I really regretted it and I felt miserable. I don't want to feel like that again.
I think that Aurelio and Shaolin are the same type of fighter. I'm definitely stronger than when I fought Shaolin and I'm also an aggressive tackler. He's good at submissions from the bottom but I'm immune to that. Like Ikemoto said the last time, I will fight actively, even if it means taking risks.
This particular opponent is a good opportunity for me, for certain. I'll be fighting someone that submitted Gomi, so everyone tells me that this is my chance. I'm not thinking that deeply about it, though. I think that all of the fights I've had were important fights and this will be the same.