AN INTERVIEW WITH MR.KEVIN RANDLEMAN
04/15/2005

"Because I am a middleweight, I'm not really that big. When I am a heavyweight I can't do certain things. Being a heavyweight takes away from my wind. Back then I lost to Quinton and as a result I missed out on the tournament. I deserve to be in it now. I fought the top heavyweights this past years and fought well. So what do you think I'll do to the middleweights?"

 

       

 

Pride Fighting Championships : Before last year's Heavyweight Grand Prix, you mentioned that you would like to concentrate on the Heavyweight division. So why did you decide to participate in the Middleweight Grand Prix of 2005?
Kevin Randleman: Because I am a middleweight, I'm not really that big. When I am a heavyweight I can't do certain things. Being a heavyweight takes away from my wind. Back then I lost to Quinton and as a result I missed out on the tournament. I deserve to be in it now. I fought the top heavyweights this past years and fought well. So what do you think I'll do to the middleweights?
Pride: Isn't it hard for you to cut weight to make it down to the middleweight class when you have been fighting as a heavyweight?
Randleman: No, it's just a difference of eating habits. When I'm heavyweight I eat lots of food including dairy. I can change my diet, so it's easy to lose weight. I'm a personal trainer.
Pride: Will your fighting style change as a middleweight as opposed to being a heavyweight?
Randleman: Sure it will. I'm in better shape when I'm a middleweight. I get tired carrying around all that weight. So I never got used to being a heavyweight. Look at Vovchanchyn. He was a heavyweight and now he's a middleweight and looks fantastic. He's moving better in the ring.
Pride: What kind of impression do you have towards your opponent, Mr. Kazuhiro Nakamura?
Randleman: I know he fights under Yoshida and he's a formidable opponent. Tough, hard nosed. He'll bring it and I like that!
Pride: Out of his (Nakamura's) techniques, what are you most cautious about?
Randleman: No comment. It doesn't matter who I fight, I train as if I'm fighting the number one guy in the world. Nakamura is not going to get the best end of this deal! When he gets in the ring with me, I'm Kevin Randleman. I'm the monster. I'm using my speed and strength.
Pride: For this opening round of the Grand Prix, Nakamura himself requested to challenge you. What is your reaction to his request?
Randleman: Good for him. He sees an opportunity to beat someone. I doubt he asked for me. I don't think he wants to get in the ring with me. I'm in great shape. I think he should have requested someone else. Go to sleep Nakamura, go to sleep!
Pride: Comparing you and Nakamura, Nakamura is not an experienced fighter. Do you think that he's too young or it's too early for him to fight you?
Randleman: Whoever asked this type of question is a dumb ass and doesn't know our sport. If you're 18 and can fight and have the desire and heart, you can fight anyone and I respect that. Plus he fights under Yoshida. I guarantee if he beats me, it isn't going to be easy. It doesn't matter that he's young, he's fought some of the best already, such as Rogerio Nogueira and Bustamante.
Pride: Nakamura comes from a Judo background. Do you have any techniques that you plan to use to avoid his Judo?
Randleman: I'm not trying to counter his judo. I'm going to punch him and take him to the ground. We're athletes, athletically we can compensate for something we're not good at. We have tendencies, both of us do. I don't care what he brings, I'm a fighter.
Pride: Do you have any message for Nakamura?
Randleman: I hope everything is well with him. Come out and give me your best. If you win, I'll shake your hand. This is what we fight for. If you want stardom, come through me, but you're not getting a pass!
Pride: Out of all the fighters participating in the Grand Prix, who would you like to fight and why?
Randleman: I would like to fight Quinton Jackson. More than anyone.
Pride: Upon becoming the champion of the Grand Prix, who do you think will be your worst enemy or rival?
Randleman: Everybody is your enemy if you are the champion. Everyone wants to fight you and beat you.
Pride: Throughout the Grand Prix, what do you want the fans to see from your fighting?
Randleman: That I've improved. You always have to show you've improved, that you learned something. Nakamura isn't fighting the same guy he's seen on tape.
Pride: Do you think you can win the Grand Prix?
Randleman: I can definitely win. Just one fight at a time. If I can knock Cro Cop out, I can win the Grand Prix. I'm up there, I know me, I know what I can do. I believe in me, I'd bet on me.
Pride: If you were to win, how would you spend your prize money?
Randleman: When I win, I'm not spending none of that. I'm going to let it sit there. I've got two kids, who know how many more are coming. My wild days are over. This is a business and to stay in this business I have to crush Nakamura not just beat him. This isn't going to be an easy fight for Nakamura.
Pride: Please give a message to your fans regarding the Grand Prix:
Randleman: I don't think there will be many upsets in the first round. Wait to get a load of me this time!