Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Fedor fights Choi Hong Man from Korea. Choi Hong Man said he was very surprised when he got this offer. I`m very glad to fight Fedor and would like to do my best.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
He also talked about the possibility of the match, Fedor vs Schilt. Schilt would like to have more time to prepare well for a fight against Fedor and would not be ready by NYE. He said he would like to have a K-1 fighter fight Fedor on NYE.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
He and Yoshida had an interview together. Kikuta said they knew each other since he was 16 years old and that he cannot believe that they work in the same industry the last 20 years. Both of us changed the stage from Judo to MMA. We had the interview in Yoshida Dojo. Yoshida Dojo started 5 years ago and does good business. They are having a 50% off of initial fee campaign.
I`m satisfied with the result of my debut fight in the UFC. I could win and also get "submission of the night". I think the UFC wanted to judge my level from this fight, because this was the very first fight and my opponent was an anonymous fighter.
To be honest, I actually felt the UFC underestimated me when I heard about my opponent. I was 3rd in PRIDE welter GP. I think was a good experience to fight anonymous fighter and have a great victory, because I always take my time to adjust to the new environment. I wonder if my next opponent will be a tough guy, though I wouldn't mind having another easy fight to get use to the UFC.
I had an interview with a MMA magazine, " Fight & Life", and had an opportunity to see other fighters in the UFC welterweight division. They were many good and variety of fighters. I`m excited to jump into this weight class because I have many chances to fight great fighters. I`m 33 years old and getting bald, but I`m going to do my best and make some miracle.
At last, I would like to thank a doctor who flew into NJ for Ryo Nagaminami. He actually came by himself. He was a great doctor and supported me a lot for conditioning. I also thank Ryo Nagaminai who asked a doctor to take care of me.
I think I would talk about other episodes when I get an interview with MMA magazine, Kamipro.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It was the day before the press conference.
He is really strong and one of the top fighters in the world. I have some top level techniques now and I look forward to the fight. He may be able to defeat me but nobody else can.
I respect the Hero`s fighter, Gesias Cavalcanti Souza, I hope we do our best and I will win by KO.
Yes. I`m sure my fans like this song.
Nothing. I hope a lot of people come and see my fight live.
I would like to show my appreciation to my fans who were waiting for since April. This is very special fight and I am very glad to fight in this event. I think this is one of the fight which Japanese people were waiting for.
Yes, absolutely. Some people talked to me and requested my fight in the event I was not fighting. I really appreciate all supports of my fans.
I thank all my fans waiting for my fight since last April. I will do my best to have a great fight. I hope everybody come and see my fight on NYE. Thank you for supporting me and wish my luck!
Friday, November 30, 2007
I don`t remember what Kikuta said, but he was worried if I was still confused in the new circumstance of the UFC. I was doing fine at the end of 1R, but my corner was not optimistic. I analyzed that my opponent was getting tired and used up his offensive techniques. I was aware he may attack me again in the beginning of 2R. I noticed he only kicks from his right.
* 2nd Round *
I gave up giving the counter punch because my right hand was pain. My game plan was to be ready to block and catch his kick, break the punch by front kick, keep the position up-right, float on my forefoot a bit, and throw low kicks.
My low kick slightly hit between his legs when he tried to avoid my kick. When I saw him appealing exaggeratedly that he got a low blow kick, I was certain that I took initiative of this fight. I felt my toe slightly touched his foul cup and he definitely felt nothing even without the foul cup. In fact, his appeal was not accepted and our fight started again. I knew he was making time to take a break because he was getting very tired physically and mentally. He was not on the level of someone who could compete techniques to me. All he could do was attack until he exhausted. Each time I blocked his attack, his energy was worn down and he realized I was controlling the fight. I was sure I got him and won this fight!
This kid was still attacking with no techniques. When I blocked his attack by back step I threw a combination punches to his left body and a right low kick. I felt good and decided to give damages steadily.
My left hook landed on his face and I saw this tall guy stumble. I wanted to run into him and stomp his baby face like Shogun in PRIDE, but I controlled my impulse because it is foul play in the UFC. I took the guard position to attack him. I was surprised to see him trapped the arm triangle on my right arm. I escaped and moved to his side, but he took it back easily because my right hand was not supporting well. Immediately I used my left hand and moved to his side again. I took the mount position by giving my elbow.
All I can do is one thing from the mount position. I have analyzed his move when he was under the mount position. He always does the same movement. I waited to see by pretending to give him an elbow and he started his move as usual. I put on an arm bar and he screamed TAP TAP TAP. He gave up and I thought I did great.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I'm impressed to see Japanese MMA organizations start to work together. We will definitely consider joining in the alliance when "Yarennoka!" talks to us. I cannot say our fighters fight in the NYE event or not because we have not been offered. I would like to have our champions fight in other events. When our fighters win we can prove that PANCRASE is the one of the top level MMA organizations.
He said Satoru Kitaoka and Yuki Kondo may fight on NYE. Kitaoka had an offer to fight in the PRIDE light weight GP before. Kondo fights in an event in Philippines on Dec 09. If he wins, he will fight somewhere on NYE.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"Dynamite!" broadcast by TBS. Mr.Tanikawa would like to have TBS broadcast "Dynamite!" and "Yarennoka!" at the same time. But this is way too far from the reality because a cable company, "Skyperfect TV" supposes to broadcast "Yarennoka!".
With the cooperation of FEG, "Yarennoka!" arranged one big match, Shinya Aoki vs J.Z. Calvan. Aoki is an undefeated PRIDE fighter and J.Z. Calvan is HERO`S 2006 middleweight champion. Takada also announced Mach Sakurai fights Hidehiko Hasegawa fight.
Fedor Emelianenko, Joachim Hansen, Ricardo Arona, Luiz Azeredo, Gilbert Melendez, Kawajiri Tatsuya, Ishida Mitsuhiro and Misaki Kazuo will fight in this event.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I am very busy these days. It is not bad if I don`t have any training to do. I`m actually training for upcoming fights. I`m exhausted mentally and physically after training because I pay attention to my movement and concentrate all the time.
I went to the official announcement of the new event by WVR today. I was with Mr. Yoshida who was my senior in my Judo school. I had a talk to WVR about their event and I thought the new event has the strong energy and I was fascinated by their business plan. I`m going to fight regularly in "SENGOKU" and I`m excited to see my opponents.
Now I`m sure I fight in Mar, but I still have a possibility to fight on NYE and I prepare for the both fights.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Shinya Aoki had a private interview with a Japanese MMA magazine,
"GONKAKU", which is published on Nov 22.
- You said now your body is ready for fighting in the 70kg weight class in your blog.
My average weight is 75~76kg. I can either choose to fight in 70kg or
77kg weight class. I chose 70KG because it is easy to lose 2~3kg from my average weight and another 3kg right before the weight-in by controlling the intake of water.
- Are you going to fight in 70kg for a while?
I don`t think so. My primary weight class is 70kg. But if I get an offer in 77KG, I will move up to 77kg, and I actually would not mind fighting in any weight classes, even in the free weight if my promoter brings a good offer. I respect the decision my promoter made and believe they also consider me and my career.
- Do you mean you would fight in the free weight when the conditions are ready?
Of course! Mr. Minowa is fighting in Free weight! If our fans want to see me in the free weight, I will fight. I believe it is not happened, but I will fight Vanderlei Silva if my fans request. I fight for me and for my fans, so I would
respect requests from my fans.
- Why do you respect fans more than other fighters do? When did you start to think this way?
It is easy to pursuing only the self-satisfaction. But I think it is more important to have fights fans want to see. Answering to the request from fans increase more MMA fans and have them come to see the event.
- Did you think anything when PRIDE office was closed?
Not really, but I actually felt refreshed when I heard.
- Some fighters said they were upset about the way they closed.
I did not think that way. I was actually amazed to see the end. I did
not hear from PRIDE staff for a while but I trusted them and believed
they will get through what happened to PRIDE and will move on to the
Continue more next month.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Mr. Sasahara said he believed PRIDE continued having great events when he had an interview in Tokyo on Mar 27, 2007. MMA was a part of his life and was very disappointed when the PRIDE office was closed and all employees were laid off in Oct. It did not take a long time to know that many people (PRIDE employees and fans) are still hoping to see PRIDE. He decided to have the biggest event which is going to be a legend.
Takada said he had not decided to take an offer to be a spokesman of this event until last night. He would like to be a part of this and decided to make this event the greatest ever. Takada also emphasized that this is the last PRIDE and wanted to make this magnificent.
Vadim said he thinks PRIDE was the one of the best MMA production in the world and would like to continue to work with former PRIDE staff in US and Russia after this event. He would like to have an event, `M-1 Bushido' next summer in Japan. Mr. Sasahara said we have to focus on this coming event and make it happen, and we are not thinking about next event for now.
Fedor Emeliaenko, Ricardo Arona, Shinya Aoki, Mach Sakurai and Tatsuya Kawajiri are going to fight in this event.
** I will update more info with pics later tonight **