View Full Version : New Post Pride Bustamante Interview

08-14-2003, 07:28 AM

Before his return to Brazil, we had a chance to chat with Murilo Bustamante. Here are his thoughts on the match with 'RAMPAGE' Jackson at the PRIDE GP.

Murilo, give us your thoughts on the fight? The fuel was over before the car got to the finish line (laughs)! Now, seriously, I am very disappointed, not with the result itself but with the feeling I could do better. I tried to do my best and finish the fight in the 1st round but unfortunately I was not able to do that.

Any complaints with the decision? Not really. You know, I need to see the fight before I state something because when you are there sometimes you just don't remember what you did! So I can't complain.

But some people came to you after the fight to say they thought you won?
Yeah but I don't let myself get involved by these emotions. I know I went there to win and I did my best. The only thing I know is that he had a run for his money! (laughs)

Do you think your strategy was not the best? That was not it. I think the only thing I had 100% was the game plan. The cardio was not there, the boxing timing was off and the ground game was not 100% sharp. I went there to fight on the ground and he accepted that in the beginning but I think he saw it was not a good idea to allow a ground game with me. I really wanted a chance to stay on the ground (laughs) but he refused...

Do you think you lost the game standing? Again, it's hard to judge. I know that I don't run from the fight. If my opponent don't fight me on the ground, I don't lay there begging for the chance. Who won the standup game? I don't know. I landed some good punches and he landed some good kicks. It's hard to say.

Which was the most dangerous moment of the fight for you? I think it was the knee. Man, if it was on my chin, maybe I would have been sleeping.

And for him what was the most dangerous moment? The begining of the 1st round. The armbar was close to finishing him but the guillotine was even closer!! He jumped to the side and there is where I missed the fence of the UFC.... he would be finished in a cage. So I think I got closer to finishing the fight than him.

What do you think of the time to tie the shorts? Would be funny if was not tragic for me. They need a manual to do it faster.... I was crazy to get back to the fight but his shorts seemed to be very complicated.

Talk about fighting for Pride? Well, I think was good overall, I don't need to explain how in shape or out of shape I was, i just jumped for the chance. I think I proved I can hang with the big boys. I liked the feeling of fighting in Pride.

When we gonna see you in action again? I don't know. Maybe in October maybe in November, maybe in February....

But when you wanted to be back? Oh, ASAP heheh!!!

October you mean the Bushido Pride? Yeah, they have this show and I would like to try it. I can drop down to 83 if I want so will see.

There's a rumour Yoshida may not come back to the 2nd round in November. Do you think they would use you? Nah, I don't think so. I would love to, but don't think so. Besides I did not fight him, so the reasonable choice might be Tamura to replace him. But I am here if they want me.

Any other words? I would like to thank the people for all the e-mails from everywhere. I got a lot of encouragement before the fight. I had a lot of positive vibrations and support from the fans and friends. I want to thank my team, I want to thank friends who wrote me like Ricardo 'Big Dog', and several others that I don't recall now for the words. And finally I want to thank Qunton Jackson for stepping up to fight me on short notice. He is a tough guy and I don't take anything away of him. His arm was raised so props to him.

What you still doing in Japan? Our representative here appointed some promotions for me and i had to stay to do the job.

BTW is it safe to post whole interviews here on global or do I need to just post a link to the interview??

08-14-2003, 07:35 AM
at least he was a man about it and didn't cry i respect him for that

08-14-2003, 10:01 AM
You can post the whole interview, just leave a source.....

Rock Dog
08-14-2003, 07:53 PM
BUSTA ****IN MANTE ! The best p4p and my favorite fighter. Call me a nuthugger, but this guy's the man!

08-14-2003, 10:14 PM
ook nuthugger

computer fogie
08-14-2003, 10:23 PM
He's cool, very classy and mature. I read he signed a multi-fight contract with Pride, so we should see him again soon.

08-14-2003, 10:30 PM
This is a man that deserves respect. Classy guy, great fighter.