Short Comments by
October 25, 2001
Translated by Roberto Pedreira
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Noguiera: Coleman is a great athlete. He's the
strongest one in the heavyweight division, maybe. I respect him so I'm
happy that I defeated him. This time I trained a lot of striking skills
so I thought I could knock him down with strikes. I'm a
professional jiu-jitsu fighter so I knew that if the fight went to the
ground I would finish him with jiu-jitsu. The fight went as I thought it
would. The fact that I defeated him by using what I practiced in
training proves me to be better than him. Coleman's punch was surely
very strong. Especially his right hand. It might have looked like I took
some shots during the fight but I rolled with them calmly. I watched
Coleman's fight videos almost everyday and studied them. The only
mistake I did was when I threw a high kick at Coleman's head I slipped
and fell back.
Q: Were you trying to draw him into ne-waza (ground
Nogueira: No, it was a real mistake that I did
Q: Who do you want to fight for the final showdown?
Nogueira: I don't choose my opponents. I'll fight
anyone who is selected for me to fight.
Q: What's your next goal?
Nogueira: I won the Rings KOK championship in
February, and today I knocked off the King of Pride. In the future I
want to keep on fighting increasingly good fighters in Pride.
Q: Do you want to get involved in the matches between
the Inoki team and K-1 at the end of the year?
Nogueira: Yes, if I can join the Inoki team I want to
meet Jerome Le Banner.
Q: Next Pride Sakuraba and Silva will meet again.
Nogueira: I'm a Brazilian so I'll be rooting for
Vanderlei. The fight should be a good one, because Sakuraba is also a
great athlete. But, I think Vanderlei will win.
No comment was reported by Mark Coleman.
Arona: The fight today was really very hard. But I
watched a video of my opponent and studied him, and trained [for him]
and that's why I won today, I think.
Q: It seemed that you were in a "pinch" in
the 2nd round.
Arona: It might have looked that way, but I was just
taking a rest......As a result of today's result, I received a
"ticket" for a fight with Sakuraba. Sakuraba has won until
now, but the reason is that the guys he defeated had a low level of
jiu-jitsu technique, I think.
[Ricardo didn't mention names, but obviously Royler,
Royce, Renzo， and Ryan are the guys he is talking about. The exact
sentence is: "maketa hitotachi no ju-jutsu no gijutsu ga hikukatta
kara, da to omou". Of course, Ricardo doesn't speak Japanese so
whatever he said in Portuguese might have had a different nuance, such
as maybe that the jiu-jitsu guys defeated by Sakuraba didn't have a high
enough level of jiu-jitsu technique to avoid being defeated by him.]
Arona is a tough opponent. When I fight outside of my
own country, I lose by decision and there's nothing I can do about it.
As you know, there was a serious terror incident in America last week. I
have family in New York and one of my friends was a fireman who got
killed. Coming to Japan this time was hard, and
my mind was somewhere else. Japanese people made a lot of donations and
I appreciate that. Japan is my second home.
Don: I was out of action for a long time. I
think it would be better if I had more time to prepare myself. I think
that's the reason I was damaged this time as much as I was.
Q: What about Yvel's
Don: Frankly speaking, It was really terrible.
Q: How about your head butt to Yvel? Was it
Don: I can say it was
intentional (laugh). Concerning Yvel, I didn't expect what happened to
happen. I want a rematch.
Q: You want a rematch in the Tokyo Dome?
Don: Whether it is in the Tokyo Dome will depend on
how fast I recover from my injuries. One week before the fight I
got injured during training. During today's fight it started to bother
me again so I think it will depend on how the recovery goes.
Q: What about the samingu [thumbing]?
Yvel: I admit that I did it, but
he was grabbing [something] too, wasn't he? What about head
butts? I am the one who got head butted! The referee didn't say anything
about that! Frye is very strong but his stamina was lacking. A rematch
would be no problem. Anyway, everyone, including the referee, is afraid
of me. He wouldn't let me fight. We touched gloves and I tried to fight
but the referee wouldn't let me fight. That's why I'm so angry! I want
to fight, but Fujita, Igor, they're all afraid of me. I don't have that
kind of attitude. This was the cause of my loss today.
Ninja: I trained punching and kicking precisely and
that's why I could do it. I am happy to get revenge for Pele who is my
teacher. I dedicate this victory to my teacher, "Pele."
Master Fujima [Master of the Chute Boxe]: My
students' performance in this event touched me. Our team is number one
in the world.
Q: Weren't you confused about the way the referee
stopped the fight?
Matsui: I have no excuse to make. He was just
stronger than me.
Q: You are aiming at Silva?
Matsui: It isn't limited to Silva. It is the Chute
Boxe team. Losing that way, seeing Silva do that "guts pose"
[both arms up in a victory pose], made me want revenge.
Q: It's something between their academia [Chute Boxe]
and your dojo [Takada Dojo]?
Matsui: A little bit, but for me it's absolutely a
personal matter. I couldn't show what I can do trained in the fight. I
am still far away from perfection. My parents and friends from my
little home town of Okayama came to see me win. It is disappointing that
it didn't happen.
Semmy: I didn't know my opponent would be Shoji Akira
until two days before the fight. I didn't know him hardly at all, but I
thought he was a very good athlete through the fight. He was short but
he has a lot of experience, made good results so far, and has a good
spirit. Being taken down was my own mistake. It happened when I kicked.
But I didn't feel in any danger on the ground. Pride is really big, it's
a good organization. I'm really happy I could fight in this event.
Q: What about the Taidojuku World championship?
Semmy: Absolutely I am thinking that I want to enter.
It is a good event because it puts our spiritual strength to the test.
Since I'm a pro, I respect every athlete in the Taidojuku more than
before. Because they don't fight for money, they fight for their pride
[literally, they fight for their own "kokoro" [heart, mind]:
jibun no kokoro no tame ni tatakatteiru kara].
Shoji: I don't make any excuses about the difference
in height between us. It's just the way it was. I have to do
everything over one more time from the beginning. If I got him into the
ground, I could manage it somehow, I thought. But his punches reached me
much more than I thought. I was surprised. It was the first time I got
knocked out by punches. I don't remember if it was the punch or
knee, but when something crashed into my head and I was paralyzed and
couldn't fight back. I didn't expect to be reversed on the ground. It is
out of the question at the moment when I was reversed. I've never been
reversed like that so far. I didn't feel fear for Schilt, but when I
stood up before him I felt a pressure thinking how big he was.
Q: Why did you accept 4-point attack? [In
Pride, when the weight difference between the fighters is more than
10kg, the lighter one can choose the rule with or without 4-point
Shoji: I thought
it would be better for both of us to fight under the same rules.
(c) 2001, Roberto Pedreira. All rights reserved.