PRIDE: What do you think of the following comments by Yoshida: "I did not want to kill Royce, that's why I told the referee three times that he had passed out. I was on top of him, so the referee could not see Royce's face. That's why I made a call."
Royce Gracie: He's a fucking liar. It's the biggest lie. That's all I have to say.
PRIDE: You usually use the closed guard for defense, why did you use the open guard against Yoshida? Were you confident that he would not pass your guard?
Royce Gracie: If you look at the video tape, in the first seven seconds I had a foot lock, so that's why I kept the open guard. I wanted to go for foot locks. If I closed my guard I knew he could not pass my guard, but my strategy was to go for his legs, so I went with the open guard.
PRIDE: What do you think of the following comments by Yoshida: "In the rematch, I will win COMPLETELY and PERFECTLY. Whether he passes out or I get a submission, I do not know how I will finish him, but I will win completely this time.''
Royce Gracie: Good. I hope he doesn't use the referee this time. Lets just fight.
PRIDE: Yoshida has now been in Mixed Martial Arts for over a year. What do you think of his transition and progress into MMA?
Royce Gracie: I have my doubts (laughing). I don't know if his fights look real to me. The only real fight for me was when he fought Wanderlei (Silva). The others, I have my doubts (laughing).
PRIDE: Did you see his match with Wanderlei Silva at Final Conflict? What did you think?
Royce Gracie: I saw it. I think it was his first real fight! (laughing)