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- GOMI INTERVIEW: FROM THE GYM

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Translated by Korey Howard
MMAWeekly caught up with Takanori Gomi at his gym(Kiguchi Dojo) in Japan as he spoke with the press about his fight this weekend. After a light training, he had this to say….

Q: About your condition: there have been reports that you’ve been under the weather. . .

Gomi: Yeah, when it warms up you let your guard down after training and stuff. Happens to everybody. It’s nothing big really. . .

Q: So, you’re saying you’re better now? About how long have you been well?

Gomi: It’s just that my nose is stuffed up. I haven’t had any fever or anything. It’s just because it’s warmed up lately.

Q: It looks like from today’s session that you have your plans down for the Aurelio match?

Gomi: Yeah, basically I think that’s what you have to do when you’re fighting him. Try to limit the number of times he takes me down to one or two. Then just make sure I don’t get caught in a lock when I go for the takedown. I think that what you saw here will come out during the course of the match, too.

Q: So, should we take it that you have been practicing more on your pounding from the inside for this fight?

Gomi: I practiced more for stand-up but I practiced about the same amount for my ground punches. I think that’s his weak point. He gets cut easy too. So, I didn’t do anything much different than usual.

Q: You’re fighting a ju-jitsu stylist this time, so did you train with any ju-jitsu guys, or were there any changes made in your training to account for that?

Gomi: I had some opportunities to train with those guys, but I injured them all and wasn’t able to continue with that type of training. (laughs) Yeah. . . So I haven’t done much of that. I’ve trained from the bottom and stuff though. But even though he’s a ju-jitsu stylist, the rules are totally different. I’m not going to be wearing a gi either. As soon as the fight starts I don’t think it’s going to make much difference anyway.

Q: Do you like fighting guys who purposely try to pull you into their guard?

Gomi: It’s kind of like when Chonan fought Schembri – I hated that, but sometimes fights with guys who do that are going to turn out that way. But I don’t think he’s going to be quite that bad. At least he goes for the takedown before trying to pull guard. And it’s the main event, so I think he’ll want to put on a good show. I think it’ll be OK.

Q: You’re fighting as a champion this time. Does that make you feel any different than you have up until now?

Gomi: Maybe it’s because this is the first time, but I do feel kind of “bogged down” or tired mentally. Even in my NYE fight – it was only five minutes, and I didn’t get hurt at all, but I was emotionally exhausted after it ended. If it were only a physical exhaustion, I could get over it in two or three weeks, but. . . These past few months have seemed really long. At the beginning of the year there are lots of MMA events, so I’ve been wanting to get back in there as I watched the other guys fight. It just feels better to get in there and work up a sweat in the ring.

Q: Do you feel more motivated not to lose than you did before?

Gomi: Hmm. . . Sometimes I get caught up in that and it affects me in a negative way, but you can’t be thinking of something like that on the day of the fight, so I think I’ll just watch the other fights and internalize it all and peak just when I go out to the ring.

Q: What became of the new dojo?

Gomi: Dojo?

Q: The one you talked about before when you were saying you’d like to have your own space.

Gomi: That’s the dream of any fighter who reaches a certain status like I have. But it costs money, so it’s not something I can just do overnight. (…) They’ve started a Pankration class here (at Kiguchi Dojo), and I guess it would be a good idea to use this fight as a start towards changing my training environment. I guess we’ll see through this fight whether I’m OK with what I’m doing or if I need to mix it up a bit and train some with other people. I mean, I’m in the best environment possible already, but I’ve been doing this for what – 10 years now? I get bored pretty easy, so it’d be nice to change from day to day.

Q: Are you starting to feel like you want to get in the ring?

Gomi: Yeah. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really concentrate on training like I have this time. Taking three weeks or so off seemed like a long time, but I was able to rest up and I haven’t had any injuries during these past few months, so I can hardly wait to get in there.

Q: Did I understand you to say a moment ago that you want people to be looking at how you’ve changed when you get in the ring this time?

Gomi: I’m going on my third year of fighting in Bushido. It’s been a quick couple of years, but I hope it turns out to be a fight that will keep people from getting tired of me. I don’t think I’ve gone stale quite yet, but. . . (laughs) But I’m coming off having accomplished one of my goals, so I hope I can show some new stuff.

Q: It sounds like you’re ready for the fight. Any predictions on how long it will take you to finish him? (Quick KO or anything?)

Gomi: (laughs) Some people pick on me about the way I train, and say stuff like, “You’re depending on your experience (rather than training),” or, they say I’m waiting for a miracle like when I fought Ralf Gracie. I think I’m training hard though. Those guys have had their fights now, but I’ll show them a miracle.

Q: About how much time?

Gomi: If I catch him with a good knee it’ll end pretty quickly, I think. It’ll be a pain if it goes long. KO. It would be best to finish him with a KO.

Q: So you’ll try to stop him in the first so it doesn’t go long?

Gomi: Yeah.

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