Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera,
Mario Sperry, Dan
Henderson, Tom Erikson
and other fighters
Plus VOL. 16
November 21, 2001
Translated by Roberto Pedreira
Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
In the first round a low kick came in and I raised my
leg to defend, but when I put that leg down I got injured. My shin got
injured too. At that point I could only try for a triangle. I really had
no strength left in my leg.
I'm a little disappointed, but this is an experience
to learn from. I'm one of the youngest fighters in the world. Next year
I want to put on a better fight. I didn't expect Nogueira to be that
good at stand up. In the last two rounds I thought he was surpassing me.
I think the reason I could escape many times from his joint locking
attempts, my ground technique was better than Noguiera expected.
He is one of the strongest opponents I have fought with up to now.
Vanderlei's interview is too long to include here.
Follow the link to the interview.
The fight ended the way I thought it would.
Vovchyanchin is a very strong fighter. At the time that I found out I
would be fighting him, I was very happy. He has fought with the best
fighters in Pride, and always given a good account of himself. Today the
jiu-jitsu, which I have been doing, and a study of videos produced a
good result. [How about fighting with K-1 or pro wrestlers?] I
would like to challenge any opponent. But I won't fight with my own
student. If I enter a tournament with Nogueira, I plan to drop down to
It is very regrettable, this loss. On the morning of
the day that I left for Japan, I got an injury during training, and
during the fight, it starting gushing blood after the first punch. [ It
seemed that you tapped fast, but did you abandon the fight?] It might
have looked like that but, I know the finishing technique well. I
understood there was no way to escape from it, so I tapped. Ordinarily I
can defend against a shoulder lock, but I was distracted by the injury
so much that I gave him a chance for it. Sperry, he is super strong
athlete, a tough and good athlete. When I recover I want a
I'm proud to represent Pride in handing a lose to a
K-1 representative. I appreciate it. Skelton, who represents K-1, is an
excellent and dangerous fighter, so I was careful about his
attacks on stand up. But I thought I could win if I took him down and
controlled him.. As a finish, I kept on making a pressure in the throat
to make a chance for aiming at a submission. As a result of that, I won.
Thanks to this victory I have been offered another chance to fight in
Pride (18) and I want to have another success.
The result is a disappointment but not a big
disappointment. Three months ago I was asked to join the members of K-1
side, but then I didn't hear anything about it after that. It was
one week ago when I was offered this fight after the Melbourne
tournament. I trained with Lee Hasdell only to avoid getting
tackled. I didn't do any ne-waza at all which is why I had no
defense. In the future, if I get another offer to fight in vale tudo , I
think I would like to enter the fight with enough training and
My opponent's power was strong but he didn't come to
fight with leaning back to the ropes. Besides the weight difference was
a lot, so it was difficult to take him down. I gave him good
punches many times to such an extent that my hand hurt, but he wasn't
damaged. But he should have attacked me more aggressively. Anyway, it's been a long time since I won a fight so I'm happy. My wife
smiles much more than before, and this victory has a big meaning. Next,
I definitely want to fight Mr. Ishizawa [who defeated his brother Ryan,
after first being defeated by him] . Because I think he is very strong.
I was baffled at the start. But My body is not tense,
and I can move for 30 or 40 minutes. In this fight, I saw my opponent's
weak spot and so I hope to have another shot at him. I couldn't get into
the ground, but he didn't try to draw me in either. Maybe he was
cautious too. Despite today's result, I hope to have another chance.
It was a tough fight. It tested my spiritual
strength. If it was a wrestling match, I would never let him take me
down. But it was Vale Tudo, so I did knee-kicks and kicks and took the
risk of being taken down. When the fight was over, I thought I won it.
Ninja is a tough athlete with spiritual strength. I hit him with some
good shots but he didn't go down. He is young so from now on he'll
probably be getting more and more active. [Do you hope for a fight with
Pele?] He was beaten by Matsui. He can't be called a top Pride fighter.
I don't think it would be an interesting fight.
I think I won the fight. Henderson is a great fighter
but the one who kept the good position was me. I didn't get caught by a
guillotine and he didn't connect with any standing knees. Even his blitz
of punches in the third round didn't work at all, because he ran out of
stamina. [Head Coach Rudimar comments: "The decision was strange.
It was inexcusable. Everyone thinks so and the people who saw it do
too". Pele comments: "Silva already toppled Henderson, but I
want to fight him next time."]
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