Global Training Report
SRSDX, No.27, Aug.10, 2000
Translated by Kondo Yoko
Q. Hi Ken! How are you?
Shamrock: Hi Sarmo! Itfs been long time since
Q. How is your training going on?
Shamrock: Itfs good. I am looking forward to the
Q. Before I ask about the fight to come, could you
tell me about the previous fight with Otsuka on May 1st? It was the
first time in four years to do a fight in NHB. Did you feel nervous?
Shamrock: Mmm.. well, I was nervous and under the
pressure during the training. It lasted until I stepped into the ring.
However, once I got in the ring, the pressure had vanished. I felt right
back at home.
Q. Mmmc Why is that?
Shamrock: Maybe I was too eager for keeping up with
what I lost over the last four years, the flow of time and the
appearance of a new breed of fighter during my absence from the ring. I
was obsessed by the idea that I had to surpass them. But I felt myself
being back to this moment immediately after I got in the ring.
Q. Wo! Then what is your impression of your opponent
Shamrock: It was a big challenge and chance for him.
In that sense, he had nothing to be afraid of, and he was very
aggressive. Since I was staying away from NHB for a long time, I was
aiming at the counter guarding against aggressive attacks. It turned out
to be a good fight, I think. I was in good condition at that time, but
not my best. It took six minutes to get into my own rhythm. But I will
be in my best condition next time.
Q. Didnft you feel any awkward or confused in NHB
after a long absence?
Shamrock: Regardless of how many blank years you have
from the last fight, once the fight begins, all you have to do is to
concentrate on how to deal with each situation. So I have no room in my
heart for such a feeling. I wanted to assure myself in the ring that I
still have my warrior spirit and killer instinct inside me, whether I
did enough training or not.
Q. Killer instinct!
Shamrock: Yes, right. I was assured of my killer
instinct remaining inside me, as the fight went on.
Q. Wo! Itfs an interesting story (laughing)B
what brought you back to the fight in NHB after four years?
Shamrock: While staying away from NHB, I was training
with Vernon White, Tra Telligman, Alex, and Tony and the other guys at
the Lionfs Den as much as possible. But it was hard for me to feel
that I was losing my power and technique in a continuous performance of
WWF (in fact more than 260 days a year under the WWF contract). I needed
something new for myself. I needed to come back to NHB one more time for
my challenge to try my ability. There are only one or two years left for
me to do it. I have no time to hesitate. I wanted to spend the rest of
my time on fighting for me, not for others. Do you know why I joined WWF
after retiring from NHB four years ago? At that time, I couldn't make
enough money to support my family in NHB business. WWF was a very tough
business, but I chose it for my family, not for me. But now I can
support my family well by doing only NHB, thanks to PRIDE. Itfs great!@
Q. You had a brilliant career in WWF so far. It must
require a lot of courage to decide to come back to NHB.
Shamrock: Of course. Everybody said itfs
impossible, because NHB is not the same as four years ago, and it is not
a right decision to lose the career in WWF in addition to running a
risk. My younger brother Frank said in an interview on TV that my
come-back is a big mistake. But I am a fighter. Fighting is what I have
to do. Sometimes win, and sometimes lose. Thatfs it. The chance is
there, which I can challenge with my own will. How can I ignore it?
Q. How did your colleagues of WWF say about it?
Shamrock: Everybody said I am crazy. Many people said
that moving from Pro wrestling to NHB means a fall in rank of life
(laughing). But it didnft seem so, because my original base is NHB.
Now there are some wrestlers who want to follow me to NHB.
Q. It sounds interesting. By the way, you are going
to fight with Fujita who is called the last successor of Inokiism on
Aug. 27. What kind of impression do you have about him?
Shamrock: What? Inokiism? Ahc Mr. Inoki.. I know
well how significant he is in Japan. Fujita is his student, isnft it?
Isnft it great? He is a tough fighter and defeated Mark Kerr. It is a
good match for me. He is tough, a good shooter, and has a power too. No
doubt that it will be a good fight.
Q. What is your impression about the fight between
Fujita and Mark Kerr?
Shamrock: It was a smart fight. Fujita withstood
Kerrfs first attack, and ten minutes after that he held Kerr and beat
him up. He let Kerr do nothing. It was very wise for him to try not to
take the guard position.
Q. It is said that Fujitafs weapon is tackle. What
do you think about it?
Shamrock: I heard that he was a ranking wrestler of
all Japan even in amateur wrestling. It will be a great pleasure to see
if he can catch me with a take-down in spite of my kick or punch, and if
he can escape from my leg lock.
Q. What do you think is his weak point?
Shamrock: None, nothing at all.
Q. Then letfs change the subject. Tell me about
yourself. What kind of training are you doing now?
Shamrock: I am doing everything except for weight
training. Itfs not the time to build up muscle now, because it
prevents me from delivering a punch. I mainly focus on conditioning and
Q. Tell me of your schedule of a day.
Shamrock: I get up at 9:00 in the morning and try to
take a breakfast as much as possible. Boxing training starts from 11:00.
After a break I do training with children, and wrestling for an hour
from 4:00. After that, I practice submission from 6:00 to 7:00.
Q. Is there any training you especially reinforce
toward the fight with Fujita?
Shamrock: Nothing specially. Actually this will be
third time for him to fight in NHB, wonft it? I donft know yet what
style he will take, take-down, punch, or kick. There are too many
factors to predict.
Q. Then you canft predict what will be going on
Shamrock: Well, it will be a tough fight for both of
us. But it must be the first time for him to fight with an opponent who
has technique of both standing and ground. For example, Hanse Nyman is a
kick boxer, and Mark Kerr, who is good at take-down, doesnft have a
good standing technique. I think Fujita could defeat Mark because he was
in a best condition. I have fought with all-round fighters many times,
but he hasnft. Of course, he has a chance to win, but rare, though Mr.
Inoki is teaching him submission or standing technique. Any way, it is a
good chance for him to learn a lot of things, and for me to test myself.
Q. Can I have a message for Fujita?
Shamrock: Letfs do a good fight! Thatfs all.
Q. I see. The last question is who else you want to
fight with in Pride.
Shamrock: Sakuraba! Nobody else!
Q. But he said there is too much difference in
Shamrock: Wahaha.. No problem if he gain 10 more
pounds and I lose 10 pounds.
Q. Surely. (laughing) He defeated Royce who had done
a tough fight with you in UFC. What do you think about that fight?
Shamrock: Sakuraba was smart, and did a good job. He
made Royce tired by a punch and a chop as he did in the fight with
Royler last year. He attacked Royce with low-kick, so many that Royce
couldnft get up, and then slowly got into submission. That is his
strategy. If Royce hadnft had a problem with his leg and the fight had
been continued, Sakuraba would have caught him with arm-lock or arm-bar,
or choke-sleeper from the back.
Q. Any message to Royce?
Shamrock: Yes. I heard that in response to a question
at a recent interview of a Japanese magazine who will win if Royce and I
fight now, he said, gask Ken. He knows most, because I am best.h
Q. It seems so.
Shamrock: What a joke! OK! Then tell him, gshut up
or put up.h
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