SRSDX No.50, July 26, 2001
Interviewed by Kawasaki Koichi
Translated by Kondo Yoko
Q: Ryan, I will be able to see your fight again in
Pride 15 on July 29. How is your condition?
Ryan: All good.
Q: It will be for the first time since you fought
Sakuraba in Pride 12 (held in Saitama Arena on Dec. 23, 2000). Could you
look back on the fight with Sakuraba first?
Ryan: I was not satisfied with the result, but I was
injured at that time. If my condition had been 100%, with no injury, I
would have done better.
Q: Is there anything you learned from that fight?
Ryan: Frankly speaking, I lost due to my injury. So
there is nothing special I learned from that fight. I have an enough
confidence in myself as I am now.
Q: If you hadn't been injured, what do you think it
would have happened?
Ryan: Needless to say, it would have turned out to be
a different result.
Q: Renzo was defeated by Dan Henderson in Pride
１３ (held in Saitama Arena on March 25, 2001). How do you think about
Ryan: Regarding that fight, Henderson was luckier
than Renzo. I think his punch in the end was a lucky punch. It happens
in fights. But Henderson trained hard to win so maybe that's why he got
lucky like he did.
Q: How do you think about a consecutive defeat of you
and your brother?
Ryan: Renzo was defeated by bad luck, and my defeat
resulted from the injury. The possibility to lose goes with fighting, so
I don't worry about it. Both of us already have a stable name value. I
don't think those defeats devalue us. But, defeat is defeat, so I have
no excuse. I will show you a good fight next time. I want to fight
Sakuraba again for sure.
Q: You will have a rematch with Ishizawa.
Ryan: I think every fighter should have a chance for
a rematch. So naturally I will accept his challenge too.
Q: What is your impression about Ishizawa?
Ryan: The last fight was so short that nothing
special with him impressed me. But I think he is a good fighter.
Q: Ishizawa has been training for one year for the
rematch with you.
Ryan: All the fighters are getting better. Maybe he's
better now, but so am I.
Q: Could you tell me something more specific, what
kind of training you did and how you improved?
Ryan: I did boxing and jiu-jitsu training. Both
trainings went well. Well, you will see it in my fight with Ishizawa.
Q: Have you already made a game plan for the fight
with Ishizawa in Pride 15?
Ryan: I want to defeat him by going aggressively from
the beginning, which is the same as the last time. Well, it might finish
with a time-limit in the worst case. Even so I want to win.
Q: How about street fights lately?
Ryan: (Laugh) No more, since I am a professional
Q: What is your schedule for training?
Ryan: First, I get up at 5:30 and do running. Then
have a breakfast and go to bed again. From 11:30 to 2:30 I do training
at the academy as a coach. After that I have a lunch, take a
nap, and do my own training as well as teach the students at the academy
from 5:30 to 9:30. I go back home after that, and have a good time with
my girlfriend. (laugh)
Q: How do you think about fighting in Pride?
Ryan: Pride is the biggest and major event in the
world, where a lot of big names get together. I want to keep
fighting there all my life.
Q: How do you think about the new rule?
Ryan: I love it.
Q: Don't you have anything to say about the details
of the rule?
Ryan: Nothing at all. "No holds barred" is
Q: This fight will be a good chance for you to get
back your credit disgraced by the defeat in the fight with Sakuraba.
Ryan: No, I don't think that way. I want spectators
to have more respect for fighters. It is unavoidable to get injured, win
or lose in fights, so I hope they accept it and respect us. I fought
with Sakuraba in spite of my injury, because I had already made a
contract. Some fighters cancel a fight for the reason of injury, and
then play soccer on the same day. But I never do that. I want them to
understand that spirit.
Q: Which fighters are you interested in now?
Ryan: Sakuraba and Silva. I want to fight them for
Q: By the way, What does "Gracie jiu-jitsu"
mean to you?
Ryan: It is all my life.
Q: Could you give a message to the Japanese fans?
Ryan: I think Japan is my second home country. The
Japanese fans are very warm-hearted, and I feel very good to fight in
Japan. I will do my best to show you a good fight again, so please buy a
ticket and come to see me.
Q: In the end, could you give a word to Ishizawa?
Ryan: Kakattekoi! (he said in Japanese, which
means "let's get it on!")
A previous interview with
talks about his fight with Ryan
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