Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, Gary
and others after
Kakutogi Plus Vol.
14, Sep. 2001
Translated by Kondo Yoko
Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira
"I'm really happy to win this
time. When I enter a fight, I always think about how quickly can I win.
So today, I did good. Goodridge is a strong guy with a big punch. But I
believed in my Jiu-Jitsu. And I can punch too, and my condition was
good. Goodridge's punches are heavy and he is a dangerous man. I
respected those points. Next, I want to fight Mark Coleman in the
September Pride. I am a professional so I will fight anyone the promoter
says, but to tell the truth, honestly speaking, I want Coleman for sure
next time, in Pride rather than Rings. I wouldn't do if I didn't have
confidence in winning. I have one more fight left on my Pride
contract and I want Coleman for that fight. After that, my agent will
take care of everything. But honestly speaking, I want to fight in
Pride. I am a fighter and a professional, so rather than fight with who
I want to fight with, I want to fight with whoever the promoter selects.
I don't know if Coleman really injured his knee or not. Only he
knows. But he is a professional fighter too, so the next time he comes,
I want him to come with 100 percent condition. [Interviewer asks what he
said to Mario Sperry after the fight]. I said, "Didn't I win the
way I said I would win?" Thanks to Mr. Inoki I could stand in the
Pride ring. I really appreciate him. And if K-1 fighters enter Pride, I
will make them all tap."
"Big Daddy" Goodridge
"I feel bad and very disappointed
about the result. Nogueira used his favorite technique very well. And he
avoided what I had in store for him. That is the main reason for the
result. He is good at ne-waza. He has the best joint-locking techniques
of anyone I have fought with so far. I was offered this fight
recently so I didn't have enough time to train--only about two weeks. I
trained with Tom Erickson and Mark Coleman at their camp. I trained hard
there, but the result didn't turn out well. I feel sorry for
disappointing my fans. I will make up for it by winning my next fight in
a spectacular fashion [tsugi wa ii kachikata de kaisho shite owabi
shitai to omou]".
Note: Ishizawa showed up for the
interview wearing a mask, in his pro-wrestling guise of "Kashin",
saying that Ishizawa [in other words, himself] had left, and to direct
any questions to Ishizawa's coach Bob Cook. Bob's comment was this:
"Everything went as planned. We thought it would be a long fight,
but it was good to be able to finish the fight with knees (laughs). We
trained for about one month in San Jose [California] at the American
Kickboxing Academy, together with Frank
Penn, and Brian Johnston. Ishizawa was throwing a lot of knees near
the end of the fight so I figured some of them would connect."
[Interviewer comments that Ryan's injury was not in the place where the
knees were landing] . Bob Cook replies "Oh really? It wasn't? I
don't know about that. I couldn't see it" (laughs).
"During the first take-down
[Ishizawa took Ryan down], I tried to reverse him, and that moment my
left rib broke. If that accident hadn't happened, I would have won. I
want another shot at Ishizawa."
Ryan didn't have much to say. But Shoji
Akira and Takahashi
Yoshiki (both of whom defeated Ryan's arch-nemesis Wallid Ismael in
previous events) offer their analyses of Ishizawa's victory over Ryan.
"I think Ishizawa won by doing
what he does best. He surpassed Ryan in many ways. Ishizawa's take-down
technique is one of the best in Japan. I trained with Ishizawa once at
Takada dojo He took me down many times. He is very good at it. Today
he got to the side so fast too. Even if the fight had kept going, it
would have finished with something like joint-lock. "
"Ishizawa was perfect today. I
think everything went well as planned. His opponent did nothing
effectively. Ishizawa succeeded in all the tackles he attempted, and
easily avoided Ryan's strikes [kick attempts from his back]. Ishizawa
was never in any danger. It was all Ishizawa from the beginning to
the end. In that sense, I think it was perfect.."
Wallid directs his first comment to
Ryan, saying "Ryan, you are a coward! "[Ryan, omae wa
hikyomono da.] It appears that Wallid and Ryan had signed to fight,
but Ryan backed out [according to Wallid]. "Ryan attacked me from
behind at a party, but I threw him down and he was knocked out. I am the
strongest fighter representing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a disciple of the
venerable Carlson Gracie." [Interviewer asks about Oyama]. "Oyama
is a very strong fighter. He couldn't do his own style of fight. But he
did his best as long as he could, but finally he went to sleep."
GTR Note: This wasn't the first
time Ryan attacked Wallid. For a first hand account of another attack,
got forced to play my opponent's game. I hate when
that happens. I emphasized my training on stand up and didn't work much
on ne-waza. I was reminded again that Pride is the Big Leagues [sugoi].
I have to take another look at myself and start from the beginning.
Without doing that, I can't fight here anymore. The next time I enter
the Pride ring, I want my technique to be almost perfect. I will make an
effort to strengthen my fighting spirit and then I want to try
again." [Later, in the interview room, Oyama dejectedly said,
"jibun no subete ga, gijutsu mo tairyoku mo, seishin mo tarinai
na to omoimashita" [I think I am deficient in
everything--technique, strength, and spirit"].
"I had a cold and a 40 degrees
fever when I came to Japan but the Pride people encouraged me to fight
anyway. I also had to lose weight for the fight. Under these conditions,
I can't believe myself that I was able to fight for 20 minutes. I wanted
to knock Matsui out but he was tough. I'm learning a lot in both Pride
and K-1." [Ebeneezer recently fought hard punching southpaw Jerome
LeBanner in K-1, and got annihilated]. "Whatever event I fight in,
I try to give 100 percent. I want to fight in both events as possible as
"He fought in a way that he would
never lose. That's all. I was trapped in it. It seems that he was
waiting for me to shoot. I talked with Mr. Kosaka in the waiting room.
He told me that many foreign fighters fight like that. 'You were
suckered in', he said. 'If you want to fight at the top level, you'll
have to break through that wall', he told me. Judging from Ebeneezer's
past fights, I expected him to attack me more aggressively. Maybe this
was his strategy."
"Kerr is a very strong fighter so
I feel good about winning. I was going for an armlock in the beginning,
because I practiced a lot of different attacks, and I wanted to show
that I could do it and I wanted to finish as quickly as possible.
But I thought if the fight went a long time Kerr would gas. So things
went as I expected. I wanted to put on a good show, so when the action
got stalled in the second round, I appealed to the ref to stand us
up." [note: ref did stand them up and then Heath slammed a shin
into Mark's face as he was going for a tackle.]
"There are many reasons for
defeat but Herring is young and hungry and he did what he had to do. I
knew Herring was good before the fight and I wanted to do better than I
did, but I couldn't. He impressed me. Not only him but a lot of
the young generation fighters are developing fast. Anyway, I'm really
disappointed because I have now lost twice in a row this year."
Comments from Igor Vovchanchin and Satake were not available.
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