K:the final fight of the pride heavyweight grand prix championship came to an unexpected result
F: yes, it did. nobody could have predicted that result, especially nogueira and I.
K: the collision of heads was an accident but how do you feel about it?
F: I think, in this world, anything can happen. but concerning this incident, the only thing I can think of is "bad luck". I was moving quickly and nogueira used some new tactics and when I moved, he lifted his head, therefore the result of the match.
K: what did you feel when your heads collided?
F: basically, I felt nothing. I felt no pain.
K: but that wound is pretty deep
F: yes, it's a deep wound, but I don't feel the pain
K: did you think you could continue in the fight?
F: I still could have continued to fight. I would have rather the fight continued.
K: do you feel disappointed in the "no contest" result?
F: I am very disappointed. not only am I, but I feel the fans are disappointed too. in fact, there were so many fans watching, to see who would be the best. in this aspect, I am very disappointed also.
K: if the fight didn't end the way it did, how do you think it would have went?
F: I can't make such predictions...and I don't want to. the fight ended with "no contest". but there are many assumptions with the headbutt
K: what was your strategy?
F: both nogueira and I had a different strategy than our previous fight. I think that this is natural. the next time we fight, there will be yet a different strategy.
K: the fight didn't go too long, but what little happened was very entertaining.
F: if it had come to the end, without an unfortunate incident, then it would have been great.
K: noguiera tried a submission on the leg, which is popular in sambo. you were not suprised by this?
F: not at all. yes, leg submissions is popular in sambo, but others use this too, so there was nothing suprising to me about this.
K: if I am not mistaken, this is the second time you have been stopped by a cut in a fight(the first by tsuyoshi kohsaka on december 22, 2000 in Rings)
F: this was an illegal move. he cut me with an elbow, which is illegal. I think many japanese fans remember this. I don't think of that as a loss
K: good, let's not continue that discussion. it makes the probability of it happening again moreso.
F: yes, these things happen. but it is impossible to know when they will happen. but the rules should leave room for different situations.
K: I understand. we can hope that DSE will see also. what do you think about your fight with ogawa?
F: it is hard to analyze ogawa. he has had such different results in the ring. I respect him in that he was the silver medalist winner in the olympics. and the way he beat stefan leko was great. he showed a lot of power, with stefan being a world class striker
K: were you afraid of his unpredictability? you easily won that fight, but did you think it would end that way?
F: I don't understand the question...are you saying do I think I would have lost?
F: well we know the result. there is no point in thinking "what if" or "what could have happened" etc. the result is the result. it's all shown in the ring. I don't like speaking about these things subjectively.
K: I completely agree with you. but all the same it is okay to make assumptions.
F: I understand. People are free to make predictions. but I, being a fight, don't like to.
K: in parting, is there any message you would like to give to the fans?