- You have not been to Japan for a long time.
I`m glad to be here in Japan again. I knew I would come back for all of my fans in Japan.
- How did you know you can fight on NYE?
Vadim asked me if I`m interested in and I accepted the offer immediately. I would like to prepare well for the fight and would like to have an exciting fight.
- Do you have any comment to former PRIDE staff?
I don`t think this is the last event I work with them. M-1 Global has a business plan to hold events starting next year. M-1 Global is actually approaching them and asking to support their events. I believe M-1 Global will corporate with former PRIDE employees to create great events like the PRIDE had before in Japan.
- Why did you choose M-1 Global?
M-1 Global is formed by trustworthy staff and we agreed to create the best MMA event. I accepted because M-1 Global is going to have an event in Japan, Russia and the Netherlands as well as in the U.S.
- Who would you like to fight?
I would like to fight champions in other MMA organization like Randy Couture, Gabriel Gonzaga and champions of UFC, Cage Rage and IFL etc.
- What is the definition of the strongest fighter for you?
The strongest fighter should be able to defeat all the opponents, respect other fighters, understand circumstances and communicate well with others.
- Do you think you are the best now?
I don`t think I`m the best now but I`m trying to be.
- Do you have any message to your fans?
I`m happy to have a fight in Japan again. I train hard to win and please come and see my fight.
`S Arena' had interview with Mr. Saeki and Shinya Aoki.
Aoki said he actually had a call about the interview of `Yarennoka!' at night on Nov 20. Aoki was anxious about the delay of the interview. Aoki had mentioned this event in a magazine interview which was published a couple of days before and he was worried about being called a liar.
Mr.Saeki said the process of this event was delayed a lot and could not be announced until the last minute. He is sure that this event would not happen if he could not make an official announcement on Nov 21.