PRE-FIGHT INTERVIEW PAWEL NATSULA & EDSON DRAGO
06/30/2006

Pawel Nastula: I won't know for certain until the fight actually begins but I think my conditioning has gotten much better since the last fight. My stamina has been the main reason for my previous two losses. For that reason, I have been doing training along with my head coach for the past seven months just to improve my stamina. I've improved my techniques and breathing, and gained enough stamina to be able to fight for the entire 20 minutes.

Pawel Nastula: I won't know for certain until the fight actually begins but I think my conditioning has gotten much better since the last fight. My stamina has been the main reason for my previous two losses. For that reason, I have been doing training along with my head coach for the past seven months just to improve my stamina. I've improved my techniques and breathing, and gained enough stamina to be able to fight for the entire 20 minutes.
I respect Drago, as I respect everyone. I will find his weak points as we are fighting. He's a strong fighter, though, and he's a different kind of fighter than Nogueira and Alexander. It's difficult to guess how this fight will turn out. Drago is basically a boxer, so I expect that there will be a chance for me to take him down and fight on the ground.
I haven't won a match yet since I changed to mixed martial arts, so I am extremely motivated to win this fight. I have to control that desire to win, though. If I don't control it, I don't think I will win because you have to have a strong desire to fight, not just to win.


Edson Drago: I feel very happy now that my fight in PRIDE has been confirmed. Fighting in PRIDE was my goal and I am excited to fight. My preparation is perfect and this will, without a doubt, be a great fight.
I began boxing when I was 17 and I won 3 events in the State of Brazil and I've been Brazilian Champion twice, and also became the South American Champion. I've never trained with a World Champion but I have trained with the Cuban Olympic team. I heard that Nogueira wanted to work on his boxing. I was invited to Nogueira's house and we began training together. That's when I became interested in mixed martial arts and I began learning jujitsu from Nogueira. I made my mixed martial arts pro debut in 2004. I had never trained with anyone but Nogueira but now I train hard with the Brazilian Top Team, too. By the way, Drago is just my ring name. It was given to me because I fight like Drago from the movie Rocky 4.
I always want to fight my own kind of fight, which means fighting aggressively and going for a KO or submission. I also think it's important to give the fans a great fight.
My opponent, Nastula, is tough and an opponent that I have to respect. However, he's world-famous opponent and I think he's the best opponent for me to make my PRIDE debut against. I will show you explosive movement and end this fight as I always have, in the 1st round. Of course, I'm ready to fight the full 20 minutes. I want the Japanese fans to see my aggressive fighting style.