REPORTER: Mirko, for a start congratulation.The first
match in cage went perfect.What were your
expectations about your first fight in UFC?
MIRKO: Well, it was quite different because of the cage and
the rules.I had to be very careful about the some
rules which are allowed in Pride and isn't in the UFC
for which I could have been disqualified.But it was
REPORTER: When you have knockdowned him, you were not
allowed hit him with legs?
MIRKO: I remembered that in time.I wanted to punch him with
knee, but...that is the rules I must accept and that's
not problem for me.The rules in Pride are easier for
my fighting style, but nevertheless.
REPORTER: Sanchez is fighter that had perfect score before
your fight, but in the fight he frequently went
back from you and he had some attempts to hit you,
but in the end you finished him routinly...in the
way you always fight.
MIRKO: Well yes...it was obvious he was bit affraid and he
constantly moved away from me so I needed to chase
him through the cage which is huge regarding to ring.
But it was one experience more for Sanchez.
REPORTER: The entry music wasn't Wild Boys but Prides
official music.Was that your decision or the
choice of organizer?
MIRKO: Well, the organizer couldn't affect on decison of my
entry music...that was my decision.
REPORTER: With particular reason, or?
MIRKO: I like to hold some things to myself (smile).
REPORTER: You told that the fight for champion depends of
organizer which is logiacal and we all saw
announcement of the fight Sylvia vs. Couture..we
all expect to see you on that kind of poster.Do
you maybe have some estimate when that fight could
MIRKO: Informal, it could be my third fight...eventualy
fourth with the winner of Sylvia - Couture fight.
REPORTER: We heard that your second fight might be in LOndon
MIRKO: This is not a speculation...it will be in Manchester.
REPORTER: And that will be when?
MIRKO: April 20th.Very soon...little more that two months.
REPORTER: Do you maybe know your opponent?
MIRKO: No, I still don't know...
REPORTER: How did went your encounter with Croats in
MIRKO: It was nice. The atmosphere is different because the
hall is much smaller than in Pride and the fans are
much louder.There was a lot of our people and it was
REPORTER: The crowd in UFC can even boo if the fight is
boring or if fighters are not very active.
MIRKO: Well yes...that is american style....they don't
REPORTER: Did you meet with Croat fans after the fight
outside the complex?
MIRKO: No...i didn't go outside.We were there 2 days but I
didn't go mutch outside.
REPORTER: Did you talked to organizers after the
fight...they were surely happy.What they got,
exactly that was what they expected and wanted.
MIRKO: After the fight I retreat because I was quite tired
so I didn't talked to them mutch...In training proces
I was all in injuries which didn't affect on fight.
Last 20 days i had small injuries that were enough
to distracted my concentracion.Because of that this
was the most difficult match in my career...I really
had plenty of injuries...first my leg...it was even
option that I cancel the match....this recomended my
doctor, but for me that was not an option.It was
never that hard for me before the fight, not because
of the opponent, but because of that situation with
REPORTER: This injuries...will it effect in your fortcoming
MIRKO: No,no..I will recover in 10-12 days and than I start
with trainig for Manchester.
REPORTER: OK.We can't wait your next fight...and good luck.
...sorry guys for my english...I hope you'll understand...