PRIDE Fighting Championships: Have you gotten yourself worked up for your fight with Yoshida?
Royce Gracie: Yes, pretty much.
PRIDE: It appears that striking will be allowed in your fight.
Royce Gracie: We're still discussing it. Nothing is firmly decided yet.
PRIDE: Did the idea of allowing strikes come from your side?
Royce Gracie: No, that was from the promoter's side.
PRIDE: Were there any rules that you didn't want?
Royce Gracie: We're still in the middle of discussions regarding that.
PRIDE: Has anything changed since your July 16th press conference where you asked for three 10-minute rounds?
Royce Gracie: No change at all.
PRIDE: What about judges' decisions?
Royce Gracie: I don't like leaving the decision up to the judges so I'd like to have no decisions if possible.
PRIDE: Do you think you can finish the fight within 3 rounds?
Royce Gracie: I plan on ending it as soon as I get the chance.
PRIDE: Yoshida appears to be training striking a lot. What do you think about that?
Royce Gracie: I think it's a good idea for Yoshida. A fighter can't just train in grappling. He has to train in striking too.
PRIDE: What do you think are Yoshida's most dangerous techniques?
Royce Gracie: All of them.
PRIDE: Are you going to finish him with a Kimura arm-lock?
Royce Gracie: I'm not going to limit myself to 1 technique. I'm going to use all of the techniques that I know as the situation requires.
PRIDE: I heard that Yoshida is practicing techniques that are forbidden in Judo.
Royce Gracie: Well, if he wants to use dirty techniques, I'll do what I have to do to deal with it.
PRIDE: What's your weight?
Royce Gracie: 150 kilos (331 lbs)… I'm joking! (laughing) I haven't weighed myself so I don't know.
PRIDE: Are you concerned about the big weight difference between the two of you?
Royce Gracie: I've fought many heavier fighters before. I'm not worried about that.
PRIDE: Royler came to Japan with you this time. How many Gracies plan on coming to the event?
Royce Gracie: 6 or 7.
PRIDE: Is Rickson Gracie included?
Royce Gracie: It hasn't been decided yet. He'll probably come, though. I'm going to talk to him on Thursday.
PRIDE: Who's going to be your second?
Royce Gracie: My father, Royler and Renzo.
PRIDE: Royler, what kind of training has Royce been doing?
Royler Gracie: The same as always. Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo. And Aerobics.
PRIDE: Have you been training with him in preparation for this fight?
Royler Gracie: Yes, we've been constantly training together since 1 week ago.
PRIDE: What do you think of the large weight difference between Royce and Yoshida?
Royler Gracie: I don't think there will be much effect.
PRIDE: Both of the fighters will be wearing gi's. Do you think this will be beneficial for Royce?
Royler Gracie: I think it will be good for both of them. Yoshida does Judo so he should be very good on the ground. …I think this will be a difficult match. Yoshida's not just a Judo player; he's an Olympic gold medallist.
PRIDE: What do you think is the difference between the ground techniques of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu?
Royler Gracie: First, Judo matches are very short so if it goes to the ground, they have to be very aggressive and very fast. I think Judo has faster ground technique where as Jiu-Jitsu is more technical. A Jiu-Jitsu match is longer so you can try more strategies. You don't attack fast. You attack slowly. I think this is the difference between the ground techniques of Judo and Jiu-Jitsu.
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