Final Preparations! Vale Tudo Japan 09
#5: A Look Back
#4: Fighters Gathered
#3: Champion Vs. Champion
Alexandre Franca Nogueira had a tough time making weight today. He didn’t appear in the first weigh-in and was absent from the press conference. He made the weight when he weighed-in alone after the weigh-ins/interviews.
Lion said that he’s looking forward to the fight. He says himself that he doesn’t know who will win and thinks that discussing the fight is also interesting. He has a lot of respect for Nogueira: “(Before) I thought I couldn’t become champion since Pequeno was around. I’m grateful for this chance to fight him in a big event like Vale Tudo Japan, if I don’t defeat Pequeno I can’t be called a champion.”
Lion will fight while being very cautious of Nogueira’s guillotine choke. He is so cautious of it that he thinks that he won’t be able to get out of it if Nogueira locks it in. However, he thinks that if he exhibits his own skills, the outcome will naturally come forth.
About the VTJ rules Lion says that anything is OK. Him and Pequeno fighting is what’s important. No matter the rules, if you win, you win, and if you lose, you lose.
“Right now I’m the world champion but I haven’t defeated Pequeno so I intend to fight as the challenger and beat Pequeno to become the true champion.”
Nogueira, who is happy to be back in Japan, says that the trouble to make weight today won’t influence the fight. About the height of Lion, Nogueira says that he has fought many tall people like him and he has also trained with many similar fighters in Brazil. He wants to get close and take the fight to the ground. Of course he will also try his strongest weapon, the guillotine choke, in the fight.
#2: Gomi Surprise
Gomi (71kg) and Hervey (70.9kg) both made weight today. Hervey was very humble, saying that Gomi is a wonderful fighter. However, he also said that he doesn’t think Gomi knows anything about him. Though to this Gomi said: “I have carefully studied him.”
Gomi also left an advance notice: “I want to win tomorrow and, in the ring, say something which will please/delight everyone.”
Does it have something to do with him previously saying that this might be his last fight in Japan?
#1: Fight Order Announced
Vale Tudo Japan 09
Date: October 30th, 2009
Place: JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan
Shooto Middleweight Fight, 2×5 mins:
2. Yoichiro Sato vs. Jung Ming Kang