No 44, 4/26 , 2001
Translated by Roberto Pedreira
Q: Your previous fight [with Dan Henderson] had a
disappointing conclusion. However, what do you think about the new Pride
rule [permitting knees while on the ground]?
Renzo: Any rules are ok. I totally don't care what
the rules are. Any rules are ok with me.
Q: Well then, don't you think the new rules were the
reason for your defeat by Henderson?
Renzo: I don't think the new rules were the reason
for my defeat by Henderson. At that time, Henderson won, and I lost.
That's all there is to it. The new rules had nothing to do with it.
Q: Hmm. Nothing to do with it......But from next
time, to win in Pride, won't you have to devise counter-measures?
Renzo: No. The last thing I'm thinking about is
counter-measures. I am going to do only what I have always been doing,
without changing. Because like I said, concerning the rules, they
weren't a problem. Anyway, I don't think
there was any big change in the rules.
Q: Is that so?
Renzo: Yes, it is. We Gracies have been doing these
various things for a long time. Jiu-jitsu is the counter-measure against
everything. I'm not thinking about revising anything. That would be
nonsensical. We Gracies fight in such events as Pride, to prove
that our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the strongest. For this reason, we will
have to deal with everything that is thrown at us and we intend to show
that we can do it.
Q: By the way, Sakuraba who has had a continuous
string of victories over the Gracie Family, was this time in Pride
completely defeated by Vanderlei Silva. Do you think the new rules had
an influence on this result?
Renzo: Hmmm. Maybe. When Silva kicked, Sakuraba was
crawling around with his hands out in front of him on the ground. Seeing
this scene, I guessed that Sakuraba didn't understand how to use his
legs to make "guard". He didn't have a chance to get back up
and just like that he got kicked to pieces.
Q: Is that right? Well, there's one last thing I'd
like to know. Do you think the new rules are hazardous?
Renzo: Not particularly. I absolutely don't think so.
Other fighters say this or that about the new rules being dangerous, but
I disagree completely.
Here's another interview with Renzo
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(c) 2001, Roberto Pedreira. All rights reserved.
Revised October 31, 2009.