On Tatame magazine
"Which opponent do you consider the most dangerous in your category?"
I don't choose my opponents. I'm a professional fighter and have always fought against anyone Pride picked and I have no anger towards any fighter. I know it is very hard to setop into a ring and I respect all fighters, but if I could choose one I'd choose Tito Ortiz. He said a bunch of shit about my country and about me. He also said he'd never lose to a fighter from a third world country. He also said he wanted to face me. When I met Dana White to sign the contract he asked me who I wanted to take on and I immediately said Ortiz, but Dana said he couldn't because he has fought recently. I have nothing personal against him but this has motivated me to fight him.