Monday, June 9, 2008
SENGOKU 3: Post fight interview 1
** Fabio Silva **
Takahashi was a tough guy. I was actually surprised to see his strength and good punches. I would like to develop myself in SENGOKU and would like to be a champion in my weight class someday.
** Kazuo Takahashi **
I'm disappointed to be KO'd. I had fun fighting such an aggressive fighter. I couldn't have a good result through my training this time. I hadn't fought in MMA quite a while and I was actually nervous. I was impatient and lost my rhythm. Thought I'm not satisfied with the result, I enjoyed the fight and I wish I was tough enough to fight longer. I feel I fit in SENGOKU and would like to fight in this event again.
** Rodrigo Damm **
I'm very satisfied with my fight. I was ready even if our fight developed in different ways. Today's fight gave me an opportunity to show what I learned through my trainings in Muay Thai, wrestling, boxing and Ju-jitsu. I'm very honored to fight in Japan, especially in Saitama Super Arena tonight. I would like to win this tournament and challenge to Gomi at the end.
** Jorge Masvidal **
I was in a good condition and could make good moves. I think the referee stopped the fight too soon, however, he completely got me. I know it's too late to say this, but I wish I could know my opponent earlier, then I could do better.
** Marcio "Pe De Pano" Cruz **
Before the fight, I said I could adjust myself in any situation. I trained standing positions and ground positions including offenses and defenses from the mount and the bottom. As a result of my preparation, I could KO him after pounding. This is my first fight in SENGOKU and I know it's too soon to request who I want to fight next. I want to continue fighting any top fighters in SENGOKU.
** Mu Bae Choi **
Many great heavy weight fighters are in SENGOKU. I think he proved how good he is as 6 time Ju-jitsu world champion. SENGOKU was a great event both experienced and young top fighters fight and compete each other. I will train hard to get another opportunity to fight in this event.
** Sanae Kikuta **
My opponent obviously studied about me and I wish I watched his fight video. I was going to tackle him in the very beginning. He expected and protected himself from getting my tackles. I usually get my rhythm by throwing my opponent in our first contact. However, he didn't let me do that and I was in his game plan for a while. I was wondering if I could change the mood because the start wasn't ideal. Roger Gracie believes a stronger fighter wins even if he fights 2 times in row or hasn't fought for 10 months, no matter what condition he is in. I haven't fought for a while and I wasn't in the best condition this time. I could win because I was eager to fight and believe Roger's theory. I thing SENGOKU is the great event which both fighters and fans can enjoy.
** Chris Rice **
I knew my opponent 2 days before I departed for Japan. I have researched well about Kikuta before I departed for Japan. He is a legend in Japanese MMA. My game plan was to avoid being taken down and to KO in the standing position because I knew he would excel on the ground.