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WGP Interview: Alistair, Saki, Spong!!

Alistair Overeem

Q: What's your condition like now?
A: It's good. I am 100% other than being a little bit hungry now.

Q: Do you have jetlag?
A: We arrived yesterday, but I am fine.

Q: What sort of training have you done since Korea?
A: Well, my normal conditioning routine and pretty much normal training.

Q: What do you think of Tyrone Spong?
A: I don't have any impression of him.

Q: Who is your main rival?
A: Semmy Schilt. He has won the WGP 4 times, so I would say he is my biggest rival.

Q: There are 3 Golden Glory fighters in the WGP. What do you think about it?
A: It is unique. We are the only team in the world like this. I think we are the strongest team in the world in both MMA and K-1.

Q: How do you feel about fighting your team mate?
A: For me it is no problem. If it happens I can guarantee it will be a war.

Q: K-1 is using you to promote the event this year. How do you feel about it?
A: The TV shows were great and it was a lot of fun. Hopefully there will be more in the future.

Q: How do you feel fighting in Japan?
A: For me it is very natural. I love Japan. I love the way of life. I have been coming here for 11 years. I really love it here. Fight here means everything to me. If I am not here for 3 months I start to miss it, so I am just happy to be here where I can show the fans my skills.

Q: You are something of a leader in K-1 these days...
A: It is unexpected of course coming out of MMA, but I am honored. I can promise to the fans, it will be a great show.

Q: What sort of fights do you want to show in the WGP?
A: I always go for the knockout, so this time won't be any different. I don't fight for points.

Q: Are you planning to eat sushi before the fight?
A: I will eat it as soon as possible. I hope this interview will finish quickly so I can go eat.

Q: Please give a message to your fans.
A: To all the fans, I'm going to show you K-1.

Q: What size is your bicep?
A: It's big. I think it is like 47cm or 48cm a month or so ago.

Q: How much do you weight now, and is there a difference when you fight MMA?
A: In MMA the weight is a bit less as the rounds are longer. Right now I am about 120kg.


Gokhan Saki

Q: How do you feel right now?
A: My condition is good like it always is.

Q: I think you had a great fight in Korea. Do you still feel like you're riding that wave?
A: Of course. It was a good fight for me. Just 2 weeks later I fought in Amsterdam. I feel good, and I feel confident.

Q: Is there any difference between you now, and in the past.
A: No. I train all the time, so the only difference is I have gained a little bit of weight.

Q: What do you think of Ghita?
A: He is a good and strong fighter. He has good low kicks. I like to fight good technical fighters like him as I am a similar style fighter.

Q: Did you increase your weight so be more competitive with the heavyweights?
A: Yes. I needed to have some more power. Before Korea I lost 3 or 4kgs before the fight from spending a long time in Thailand. This time I spent less time there and I am at 104kg without having lost any speed.

Q: What do you need to be careful of when facing Ghita?
A: No. I don't care about his skills. He has nice technique, but nothing I care about.

Q: You are both famous for your low kicks. I guess it is going to be a damaging fight for both of you...
A: If it goes 3 rounds then we will both be hurting. I am planning to knock him out though, so I won't be damaged.

Q: Who do you see as your rival in this tournament?
A: Of course it is me. Everybody talks about Alistair and Semmy, but what about the rest of us?

Q: Well, the fighters you mentioned are team mates. How does it make you feel?
A: I don't care. I did everything I could to make it here, so I will knock them out. Otherwise they will hassle me every day about how they beat me, and I don't want to hear that.

Q: I've heard the Turkish fans are looking forward to this tournament, right?
A: Of course. It will be on TV the same night there, and I think many people are excited for the event.

Q: Is K-1 a popular sport there?
A: After football, I think fighting sports are the most popular.

Q: Please send a message to the fans.
A: Hello everyone. This is Gokhan Saki. Don't miss the tournament or you'll miss the crowning of the new 2010 WGP Champion. Me!

Q: Do you feel that you'll be the one that changes the face of K-1?
A: Of course! I think K-1 was born again after the last Final 16. There are a lot of strong fighters now around 25 that are really peaking. You won't see the Ernest Hoosts and Peter Aerts fighters for much longer.

Q: When did you first know about K-1?
A: When I was about 13 I saw it in TV in Holland.

Q: Why did you start training?
A: I was always playing football. Most of my friends also started kickboxing, and I was the only one only doing soccer. I went there to watch only once when I as 11, and I fell in love with it


Tyrone Spong

Q: What's your condition like now?
A: Very good. It is the Final 8 so you'd have to be stupid to come in bad condition.

Q: What's your opinion about the attraction of the press to your opponent?
A: He is so big it is tough to miss him. I don't care about it.

Q: Did you do any specific training for face Overeem?
A: No, I just worry about my own shape and my own condition. Right now I am in good shape and I'm just looking forward to fighting on Saturday.

Q: What do you think his weak point is?
A: I know Alistair well. We trained together for 7 years. Everyone has strong and weak points. I think I have seen enough weak points to give me the edge and win the fight.

Q: What kind of fights do you plan on having in the WGP?
A: I'm just focused on the first fight, and then I'll see. It is a tournament, so anything can happen. All I can do is focus on my first fight.

Q: Are there any other fighters you're looking at beside your first opponent?
A: I'm not focusing on any of the fighters. I'm just making sure I feel good, and that I win.

Q: Do you consider yourself one of the new generation fighters?
A: I think it is time for change. We're called the new generation because some of them are getting too old now.

Q: Please give a message to the fans.
A: To all the fans, please watch this Saturday and support me. I feel good and will go for the championship, so please watch me do it.

Q: Has your trainer, Ernest Hoost given you any specific tactics for this fight?
A: Firstly, I train with 2 trainers. Ernest is one of them. This time I also trained with Harry Hooft. As for Ernest, he is one of the real champions. He won with his skills, not with size. As for tactics of course I have them, but I don't want to tell you. You'll need to watch on Saturday to see if I'm successful or not.

Q: What do you weigh now?
A: About 104kg.

Q: Did you increase your weight?
A: Yes.

Q: Recently you're always shaving your head. Is there any reason for it?
A: No, I always like my hair like this. When I wake up it is easy just to wash and go out.


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(257 posts)
Posted: 2010-12-09 at: 01:50
I think Overeem vs Spong will be the best fight of the tournament. I am almost giddy to watch that one :)

I honestly think Overeem will win it.
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2010-12-09 at: 03:52
Overeem Wil Ko the shit out of tyrone spong dont geth me wrong i like tyrone spong
he is one of my favorite fighters but When he was fighting in a different weight class
his fights where much better,k1 heavyweight division Is not for him
Overeem Wil ko him in the second round tyrone wil Make sum nice combinations
sum nice points he wil Make But then at the end he wil walk wright into allistairs knee or right Hook
(257 posts)
Posted: 2010-12-09 at: 07:34
I agree whole heartedly. When I said I think reem will win it, I didnt mean just that one fight, but I honestly think he will it all. He sounds ready, has the tools, the confidence and has that killer instinct.
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-12-09 at: 08:57
i like Spong and Saki, it would be great if they won.. looking forward to see all fights :)
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