Friday, January 26, 2007

Mach speaks about upcoming Las Vegas PRIDE

Hayato "Mach" Sakurai appeared at the press conference with a Mohawk-hair style and was all smiles from beginning to end. Sakurai appeared to be in a bright mood, nodding his head as Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara spoke. Exploring his role as the "mood maker" for the Japan team, Sakurai elicited laughs from the gathered reporters.

"Regarding my fight, I don't know anything about my opponent" Sakurai said but nothing else followed. Asked why he didn't continue speaking, Sakurai explained, "Well, I hadn't thought of anything to say. Then, they told me to speak in English so I'm very confused at the moment. (laughing)"

After pausing for a moment, Mach continued and showed off his fluent (?) English, "If I have to speak in English about this fight, I can say punch, kick, hiza wait, hiza is "knee" in English. Oh, I can say "keep on going." That's about it."

"I lost big at the casinos when I went to watch the last Las Vegas PRIDE event. Several years ago I lost to Matt Hughes in the UFC too, so I don't have any good memories in Las Vegas. So, I want to make up for my losses and I'm going to take out my losses on Danzig," Sakurai promised to take out his frustration on his opponent, Mac Danzig, but everyone seemed more interested in Sakurai's casino losses.

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