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Interviews : Alistair, Spong, Saki, Zimmermann

Pre fight interview for FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2010 IN SEOUL -FINAL16- (October 2nd, 2010 / Olympic Stadium 1st, Seoul, Korea). Part-2, Alistair Overeem, Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman.

Alistair Overeem

Q: How do you feel 2 days out from the fight?
A: I feel very good. I had an excellent training camp. I am 100%.
Q: What is your impression of Ben Edwards?
A: He is a strong guy, and a big guy. I have no other impressions.
Q: Looking back at the last WGP, how do you feel?
A: It was an exciting tournament. I ended up 3rd. I think I could have gone further. It was good experience. I will use that experience to become the champion this year.
Q: What is your goal for this year in the WGP?
A: Firstly, I want to knock out Ben Edwards in the first round, and then win the tournament.
Q: What sort of fight would you like to show?
A: A knockout. In the first round.
Q: Please send a message to your opponent.
A: Good luck Ben, you will need it.
Q: How about a message to your fans.
A: To all my fans in Korea and japan, I am here to show you an excellent fight, so please make sure to watch it.
Q: Golden Glory tends to have a lot of Final 8 fights. If it happens, are you prepared to fight Semmy Schilt?
A: I am very prepared for it. Although we have the same management, we don't train together. I am looking forward to that fight.
Q: Do you know his weak points.
A: Yes.
Q: What are they?
A: I won't talk about that.
Q: Ben also has a high KO percentage. What do you need to look out for?
A: He punches hard, so I need to watch them.
Q: You have the Strikeforce belt, and now you're trying for the K-1 belt. Which would be more valuable to you once you have both?
A: It depends on your priority. Currently my goal is K-1. I can't say one is more important or valuable. Once you have one you move on and find new goals.
Q: If you win this you will have both belts as mentioned. Would it satify you, or would you participate in K-1 next year too.
A: I will participate.
Q: Do you think you can remain at the top of both styles?
A: Yes, I think so.
Q: How many times have you eaten today?
A: Just twice. I am a bit jet lagged.

Tyrone Spong

Q: How do you feel about your fight in 2 days?
A: My condition is good and I feel great. I just want to fight.
Q: Looking back on your last K-1 fight, how do you feel?
A: I think it was a good fight for the audience. It wasn't the best for me as I broke my hand. It was a pretty bad injury.
Q: Your opponent has suddenly changed. Will it change your fight in any way?
A: These things tend to happen. Opponents tend to change sometimes.
Q: You're currently training with Ernest Hoost. What sort of training are you doing?
A: Kickboxing. (laughs) No, just all sorts of fitness training and general training. They're helping me become a heavyweight fighter, and how to deal with the big guys.
Q: What is your goal for the WGP this year?
A: If you participate you want to make sure you win it. I just need to make sure I make it to the Final 8, and then win it.
Q: What sort of fight do you want to put on?
A: One in which I win.
Q: Please send a message to your fans?
A: Just watch the fight and enjoy it. I will entertain you. It will be an exciting fight.
Q: Gegard Mousasi told us at DREAM.16 how much he learned from you when training together for his championship fight. Did you learn much from him?
A: Not specifically for this fight, but I learned a lot from him. We trained together to make each other better, and I think we both improved because of it.
Q: You are a little smaller for a heavyweight fighter, so how do you get over that disadvantage.
A: It depends on what you call small. I am 96kg, so that is big enough to compete with the other fighters. And, with my speed and technique it evens things out.
Q: How long did it take to recover from your broken hand in April?
A: It was about 4 months before I could hit hard with my hand again.

Gohkan Saki

Q: How do you feel 2 days out from your fight?
A: My condition is in top form. I spent 2 weeks training hard with the team in Thailand, and I feel great.
Q: What is your impression of your opponent?
A: Freddy is a good fighter. He is a tough fighter, and a technical fighter. But, I am not so impressed. I mean, I know myself and I am in great condition.
Q: What is your goal for this WGP?
A: Of course I want to win the tournament. That is the goal for every fighter I think.
Q: What sort of fight do you want to show?
A: I don't train for anything specially. I do my own thing. I am going to have a good fight. I am going to go out and knock him out.
Q: Please send a message to your opponent?
A: You have a big problem my friend. You have to face me.
Q: Do you have a message for your fans?
A: I want to thank my fans for their support. I will show them again that there is a new Gohkan Saki. Please come and watch my fight.
Q: Holland is famous for the training, so why go to Thailand to train?
A: I didn't go alone. We went with all the trainers and we were there for resting and focusing on training. I wasn't there training with just one Thai guy or anything.
Q: Late last year you had trouble with your groin injury. Even when you fought Peter Aerts it was reported that you weren't in the best of condition. Is it 100% now?
A: It is 1000% okay now!
Gohkan Saki


Errol Zimmermann

Q: How do you feel going into this fight?
A: How do you think I feel? I feel great. I can't wait. I am almost exploding. I can't wait for the fight. Maybe I am going to hit my friend today!
Q: What do you think of your opponent?
A: I think he is a good fighter with strong kicks. You can't only depend on kicks though. I will kick his ass this time and get revenge for Sergei Kharitonov as he killed his legs last time.
Q: Looking back on the last WGP, how do you feel?
A: I'm still a little bit sad about it. They gave me a loss against him. In the first round he dropped me, but I beat him the second and third rounds. They gave him the fight though. Well, that was last year and this is a new year.
Q: What sort of fight do you want to show?
A: I am going to throw a left, left, then low kick and another left. (laughs) You will see on Saturday. I will put on a good show and make the fans enjoy it.
Q: Please give a message to Ghita.
A: Don't hurt me please Daniel. Instead, I will hurt you.
Q: Do you have a message for your fans?
A: I want to say to my fans, everybody watch closely. I will do some serious damage in this fight. I will put on a good fight, as will the other fighters on the card. Osu!
Q: Have you prepared for low kicks the level of Ghita's?
A: I will just let him kick me. No, I won't give him the time to kick me. When I am kicking him he won't have time to kick me.




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mehdiman (636 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-30 at: 01:25
Remember it.
this time is Overeem s
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-30 at: 02:02
Zimmerman is actually starting to be a funny guy.
jdl (220 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-30 at: 02:29
Overeem sounds very confident. He should be. I think he has a very good chance this year, with both Badr and Remy out.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-30 at: 09:48
These interviews are from the official K-1 website of FEG.
In the interviews with both Spong and Catinas they confirm that their opponents are changed ... Still, on this same official website, the fightcard is NOT changed. Both Karaev and Arlovski are still in ....
What the f**k is FEG doing? Cant they just inform us?
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2010-10-01 at: 01:36
@D-rop And we complain about this site admins...
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