The following is an interview that Japanese magazine Gong Kakutogi conducted with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua after his win against Akira Shoji in the October 5th PRIDE Bushido event (translation by Akira Okinawa)

Gong Kakutogi: That was an impressive victory against Akira Shoji in Pride Bushido!

Shogun: He has been fighting for a long time in PRIDE, he is also very tough, so I was very careful with him. He was able to take me down, but I handled it well and got back up. I was also very confident with my striking. I knew I would win if I was able to keep the fight on the feet. When I took PRIDE's offer, I trained very hard. I am very happy with the result...

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