"My neck is OK. No damage by
kick at all. But I admire Kerr for his power. I never expected to be
held my neck from that position. My neck bone was almost broken. I was
planning to fight with him mainly centering on punching, but my
preparation was not enough because of injury before the fight. I would
like to fight in Japan on October again. Any opponent will be
"Today I fought for all the
people who came to see the fight. Japanese fans are the greatest
spectators in the world. I will never come up in the ring with such a
bad condition I was in the last time. I was not expecting the fight to
finish so quickly today, but I wanted to show off my aggressiveness
and kick technique which has improved a lot. I would like to be back
to Pride again this autumn and to fight with Fujita or Ken Shamrock.
Then I want to win in GP next spring."
"I was nervous before the
fight, but now I feel good. The previous fight was not good and I
couldnft show my technique there. However, this time I did it.
Goodridge couldnft see my high kick at all. It was my plan to use a
left kick many times in this fight."
"I didnft think Ensonfs
punch is heavy. I was just surprised that he immediately started to
attack me with a punch. I thought he would be afraid to exchange
punches with me. I am training for a defense against gkansetsuwazah,
so I am not afraid of it. I myself prefer punching, but I donft
ignore the training for gkansetsuwaza.h The reason why I donft
like gkansetsuwazah is that my original background is kick
"Today I wanted to win, and I
wanted to dedicate it to Andy Hug. But I couldnft do it because of
lack of training. My fighting spirit is not strong enough yet. I will
continue training and do my best to win next time."
"I was finished at that point.
I almost fainted away, so I asked the corner to throw in a towel. I
canft tell you the details, but I had some problem with my condition
during the training. It recurred in the fight. Fujita was tough, but
there is no damage by his attack. Regarding the fight itself, I think
I was controlling it. I will have to have my body checked when I go
back to my country."
"I was thinking before the
fight to go for it and not to stop it. [Don] Frye and [Brian] Johnston
taught me that I would be a target if I stopped moving I took some
punches and some were effective enough to shake me. But I had
intention to fight until the end, fighting back against his attack. I
was surprised when he gave up the fight."