PRE-FIGHT INTERVIEW HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA
06/30/2006

Hidehiko Yoshida: My state of mind is the same as always. I'm always like this before my fights. I always sleep very soundly. Everyone is strong, so there's nothing to gain by thinking about my opponent all the time.
I do have a plan but my fights don't go according to my plan. I don't think about my opponent. I do what I have to do, when it's time to do it. It's important to be able to switch over like that because I've already done everything I can.

Hidehiko Yoshida: My state of mind is the same as always. I'm always like this before my fights. I always sleep very soundly. Everyone is strong, so there's nothing to gain by thinking about my opponent all the time.
I do have a plan but my fights don't go according to my plan. I don't think about my opponent. I do what I have to do, when it's time to do it. It's important to be able to switch over like that because I've already done everything I can.
Of course I will wear my gi. I want him to grab me. We'll be stuck together then. Mirko's reflexes are good, so I don't think tricks will work on him. There's no way to fight him but straight down the middle. I have an image in my mind of me beating him but again, my fights don't go according to my plan. I won't know for certain until we fight.
Kazu is fighting before me, so I hope he will give me some momentum. He's young, so he needs to do his best. I want him to carry PRIDE on his back when he fights. If Kazu wins, I will definitely be motivated.
I hope my fight with Mirko will be a fight to the death. If he knocks me out with one strike, there's nothing to be done but I want to last until the end. This fight will be about endurance, from beginning to end. Am I scared? Of course I'm scared. As always.
I will spend my time relaxing until the fight, as I always do. I've already been to the barber. It's hot now, so I wanted to shorten it. I thought about shaving my head but my wife forbid me from doing it. (laughing) I thought it would be easier to evade Mirko's punches if I could make my head just a little bit smaller. (laughing)