Global Training Report
No 44, 4/26 , 2001
Translated by Yoko Kondo
Q: How did you feel about changes in the rules of
Pride this time?
Nakai: Well, I think it became violent. I’m scared.
Q: Do you think the way of fighting is going to
change under this rule?
Nakai: What I have to say first, there were many
fights with difference in weights this time, I think. It will become a
criticism, but I am a little scared of the match-make with difference in
weights. Honestly speaking, there was too much difference in weights
between Sakuraba and Silva even from the medical point of view.
Q: Will difference in weights have more influence on
fights because of the new rule?
Nakai: Yes, I think so. Attacks by leg on the ground
give a big damage to fighters. I don’t have a clear picture of how the
way of fighting is going to change under the rule in which kicking on
the ground is permitted, but one thing clear is it is dangerous at the
moment when a tackle is crushed. So it might happen that nobody tries to
take a tackle. Then more strikes in a standing position might be
Q: More strikes in a standing position……
Nakai: Yes, that’s right. But on the other hand,
there is a possibility of increase in being at a deadlock in standing
position, isn’t it? Fighters might stop at a corner while grappling
with each other. It might rather happen that guard position increases in
number. It’s dangerous when a tackle is stopped, so it is a safer way
to turn the feet quickly to an opponent. It is something like a
Royce-like strategy. It prevents from a big damage. Then get back up
after getting tired of that position, then lie down again, just repeat
this movement. This kind of deadlock might easily happen in this
Nakai: I am a shoot fighter, so I have been watching
shooting for a long time. Except for the shoot rule, I watched Vale Tudo
Japan which was held the end of last year. Kicking on the face was
permitted only in that competition.
Q: Yes, that’s right.
Nakai: But Sato Rumina was defeated by kicks on the
ground by Andre Pedeneirous, and Tatsumi Uchu got a broken eye socket
bone by a knee-kick from the side. They got injured and got a big
damage. To be honest, I felt something might happen when Pride changed
its rule this time. However, I think fighters will think about a new
counter-measure. To be sure, it is important to think about how to make
fights interesting. It is necessary to consider viewers too. But looking
to fighters’ safety can’t be ignored either. Where to find the
compromise point between viewers' excitement and fighters' safety will
be critical, I think.
(c) 2001, Yoko Kondo. All rights reserved.