The following is an excerpt from an article in a local Curitiba, Brazil newspaper roughly translated from Portuguese to English:
“I was Really very sad, was the worse defeat of my career”, declared Shogun. Previously, a broken arm – in the fight against Mark Coleman – and a finishing against Renato “Babalu” Sobral in 2003 had been the only defeats of the “curitibano”.
“I had never gassed as i gassed in this fight. But he does not advance to invent excuses, the error was mine, I did not train as he would have, I did not concentrate myself, had had other things that had confused, but it also had merits. “I learned a lesson from this and now i will have to train to comeback stronger”, relieved the fighter.
In the fight, the breath lack made with that the “curitibano” searched all the time to knock down Griffin, but without success. The exchange of blows also was engaged. “As i gassed, i wanted to decide on the ground, in a top position. At the beginning, the objective was to fight standing and to decide there, but as the time went by, i got very tired”, lamented.
Beyond the problems in the preparation, Shogun also blamed an injury in one of the knees as one of the problems faced for him in the last two months. “I busted the ligament during trainings, I was limited, i could not run, i could not thresh right. Still though, i trained sufficiently, but not enough”, he affirmed.
To decide the problem, Shogun disclosed that “it will go for the surgery” already on this friday (28). “I'll have a knee surgery on friday and must be away from training for the next three months. For what I talked with the master Rudimar (Fedrigo), I'll only comeback to fight in January or February”. The goal, although the defeat, follows being the same one: “The goal is the belt, the fight continues”, concluded.