|Q & A: YOSHIHIRO"KISS" NAKAO AND LEE EUN SU
Post-PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix 2006 Second Round Interviews with Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao and Lee Eun Su
Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao
Pride Fighting Championships: What do you think of your opponent?
Nakao: I think he may be better at kissing than me. When he was on the bottom, he kept saying "kiss, kiss" to the point where it was a little weird.
Pride: Please tell us what you thought of the fight.
Nakao: I'm not satisfied, honestly. I had a match on New Year's Eve but I've grown stiff since then. I would give myself a score of 50 out of 100.
Pride: Does it feel like it's been a long time since your last fight?
Nakao: (No because) I'm not the type to get nervous and I want to fight in front of an audience.
Pride: I thought you might use the Helicopter [Nakao's signature pro-wrestling move].
Nakao: It ended before I could use the Helicopter. I've got a lot of techniques I can use, depending on the opponent.
Pride: I heard that you want to be a (Open Weight Grand Prix) reserve fighter.
Nakao: Very much so.
Pride: What do you need to do to achieve that?
Nakao: I want to take someone down and pound them hard. I'll start training again after I go home and make my next fight one that leads to better things.
Pride: The fans were excited during the referee check.
Nakao: I want to bring out more of my hidden character and establish myself in PRIDE.
Pride: What is your hidden character like?
Nakao: You'll just have to wait and see. The stronger my opponent gets, the more it comes out.
Pride: Do you like your new nickname, KISS?
Nakao: Honestly, I only decided on it 2 or 3 days ago and I haven't even practiced signing my name with it yet. It's easy to say so yes, I like it a lot.
Pride: You decided the name yourself?
Nakao: My coach was saying it and some girl on the train said, "It's KISS", so I thought that name was convenient.
Pride: Who would you like to fight next?
Nakao: I would like to fight (Mark) Coleman in September in a reserve match and then enter the Grand Prix.
Pride: Is Coleman your type of fighter?
Nakao: They all seem scary. Fedor seems scary. I want to go beyond the limits of Japanese people. Like, what would happen if I kissed them?
Pride: Why did you choose Thunderbirds as the song for your entrance?
Nakao: Everyone knows that song. Old, young, men and women. I thought it would be a good start for me.
Pride: What does the PRIDE ring mean to you?
Nakao: It's the best.
Lee Eun Su
Pride Fighting Championships: I don't think you were able to fight like you wanted to in this match. What do you think about that?
Lee: When I tried to stand up, I thought that moving from the ground to standing would give me a chance but (Nakao) stopped me and the fight ended before I could do what I wanted.
Pride: You've been serving your time in the military until recently. Did that time away from the ring affect you?
Lee: I didn't have much time to prepare after I received the offer for this fight but I did practice my striking even when I was in the military so this fight was unfortunate.
Pride: Nakao overwhelmed you on the ground. What were you thinking about at that time?
Lee: I thought I had a good opportunity when we stood up and my eye didn't really hurt but it was worse than I thought and the doctor stopped the fight.