Global Training Report
Feb. 1, 2001
Translated by Yoko Kondo
Q: When did you know
Ryan got injured?
Sakuraba: I knew it in
the newspaper this morning.
Q: How did you feel
Sakuraba: I was
suspicious of it at first, but found it true when I came to the Saitama
Arena. I thought it was not a serious injury because he said he would do
Q: Did you have in your
mind to avoid his injured right arm?
Sakuraba: Yes, I did a
little, just a little.
Q: But you might have
attacked that part, if there had been a chance?
Sakuraba: Yes. I was
thinking of taking his right arm if there was a chance.
Q: How did you feel
when you heard that todayfs fight was changed to only one round?
Sakuraba: I thought it
might be favorable to him. What came to my mind was he would attack me
at a stretch in a short time.
Q: Is it hard for you
to make an end of the fight within 10 minutes?
Sakuraba: No, it
isnft. But it would be hard if he put himself into defense.
Q: You tried to take
face-lock in the middle of the fight. How did you feel then?
Sakuraba: It didnft
seem to work well because of my gloves and his mouthpiece. If it hurts,
he will try to get out of it. Actually I was waiting for that moment.
But he didnft because it didnft work so much.
Q: How did you find
Ryan through the fight?
Sakuraba: He had a
Q: You looked smiling
when there was one minute leftc..
Sakuraba: I thought,
gI canft make it!h.
Q: So did you try to
take a double-arm-supplex out of desparation?
Sakuraba: No, I was
trying to do it before that.
Q: And it appeared that
going for a pile-driver in the middle of the fight.
Sakuraba: No, I donft
think so. I donft remember well, though.
Q: You looked very
Sakuraba: No, itfs
Q: Did you feel less
power in his right arm during the fight?
Sakuraba: No, it was
Q: What was your
strategy for the fight which was limited to 10 minutes?
Sakuraba: I didnft
think about strategy so much.
Q: Could you tell me of
the mask you put on at the entrance?
Sakuraba: I combined
the mask of Kendo Kashin [Translatorfs note: Kendo Kashin is a pro
wrestling name of Ishizawa who fought with Ryan in Pride 10] with Santa
Clausf hat and beard. Wasn't it clear?
Q: Is it because you
are supposed to fight with Ishizawa on Dec. 31?
Sakuraba: No, it
isnft (laughing). Itfs because Ryan fought with Ishizawa before.
Q: Did you put on his
mask for his revenge?
Sakuraba: Well, it
might be a part of the reason, but there is no special meaning to it. I
just wanted to put on his mask, that's all @uÎ¤v
Q: Did you have a mind
to present todayfs victory to Ishizawa?
Sakuraba: No, I
didnft have such an intention at all.
Q: How was your
physical condition today? I heard that you couldnft concentrate on
your training before the fight.
right. I didnft have enough time to rest.
Q: What is your goal
regarding Pride for next year?
special. My goal is not to participate in Pride Grand Prix (laughing).
Q: Donft you think
you can fight in mentally a favorable condition on Dec. 31 thanks to
Sakuraba: Well, Ifm
going drinking tomorrow, so Ifll think about it from the day after
Q: You won four
successive victories against the Gracie family. Do you have anything to
say to Rickson?
Sakuraba: No, nothing.
Q: Do you have in your
mind that you want to fight with Rickson?
Sakuraba: I want to do
it, if there is a chance. But no chance yet. If it is put into definite
shape, then I will take it. But I have no special ambition to give him
an offer from my side.
Q: Are there any
fighters you want to fight with except the Gracie?
Sakuraba: There are
some, but I wonft mention their names.
(c) 2001, Yoko Kondo, all rights reserved.