Sapp & Genki Sudo
by Nikuraba at K1,
7 December 2002
Sapp interview at K-1
what you will about Bob Sapp (and I usually do) but there
are two things which are now unshakeable facts: He's a
nice guy, and he's incredibly brave. I caught up with
him after his rematch with Hoost, during the break before
the championship bout of the K-1 Grand Prix 2002. He had
a huge bandage over his broken right hand and was obviously
feeling the damage from the shellacking Hoost gave him.
But he came out to talk to the press and was in good spirits
right through our interview.
interview isn't word perfect because I didn't have a dictaphone
so I was taking notes. As usual Bob was very polite and
helpful outside of the ring. The 'Beast' persona is his
gimmick. Its not the real guy.
did you have to pull out of the GP?
Sapp : Well, I couldn't make a fist with my
right hand so if I'd gone back out there I'd have to slap
the guy like I did to Hoost in the second round (Sapp
mimmicks bear slaps). So the doctor had a look and stopped
me from going on.
did you get injured?
Sapp : I've actually been injured for 2 weeks.
Me and my fight team put together a gameplan to try and
win the tournament but during the fight the injury got
worse and it had to change.
you take any painkilling injections before the fight,
for the injury?
Sapp : No, nothing. I just bit my top lip to
get the adrenalin going, and away I went (laughs)
gave you some bad leg shots. How is the leg?
Sapp : Well, it's all pretty badly bruised
and it's pretty big. But it wasn't so bad that I had to
was it like to get dropped by that bodyshot?
Sapp : It's no secret that I'm a beginner.
Hoost introduced me to leg kicks in the first fight and
this time around he introduced me to lung punches. The
punches that take your wind away.
you like a third try at Hoost?
Sapp : Well, (laughing) if he's the champ tonight,
you'll probably see the Beast going against Hoost again.
If his body can keep going. He's pretty old now so I don't
know how much longer he can keep fighting. (this interview
was 10 minutes before Hoost vs LeBanner)
do you feel about the stoppage?
Sapp : It was in the middle of the round. I
think my corner told me it was about 1 minute and a half
in. I was gaining momentum and power in my punches and
there was a long time left. You have to respect the referee's
decision. Hoost could've been going to the hospital if
I'd hit him a few more times.
not for the hand injury, could you win it all?
Sapp : Oh yeah, definately. I had nothing left
after the first fight, but this is my pitstop (indicates
his crew). I was refuelled and ready to go.
fighting so often and under so many different rules hinder
you skill acquisition?
Sapp : It's not really harming my skill acquisition.
I do all different stuff, the K-1, Pride, pro-wrestling.
But I always pick a good fight team and they help me to
be successful. But, being a beginner sometimes it's hard.
made the decision to drop out. But it seems Ray Sefo (who
he'd have fought in the semifinal) was also injured in
his first bout and had to quit early against Hoost. Do
you feel like even with the injury you could have gone
out there and beaten him, in his weakened state?
Sapp : Well, I didn't see that match. I was
in the doctor's room having my hand treated. (asks his
corner something). Oh well.... (shrugs his shoulders as
if to say 'these things happen').
are you doing next?
Sapp : (Laughs) Korean barbecue! Eat as much
as you like.
Sapp's handlers excused him as he was out of time and
needed more treatment. He was in a good mood and there's
absolutely no doubt his hand really was badly broken.
It was swollen up big time.
Sudo mini interview
came out of the blue. I was just walking around ringside
at K-1 and noticed Sudo hanging out and soaking up the
big fight atmosphere. Despite the intrusion, he was friendly
and willing to talk about his plans. I didn't have a dictaphone,
and had to think up a few questions on the spot, so apologies
for not asking him better questions or taking better notes.
His agent translated, though Genki's english is so good,
I'm sure he understood my questions anyway.
an impressive debut at UFC, which went over well with
the English fans, we are interested to know who you'll
Sudo : It will be in February for the UFC.
The opponent isn't decided yet so I don't want to say
opponent, Leigh Remedias, is one of the best fighters
in his weight in the UK. How do you feel the UK standard
Sudo :Its not about who you are, it's who you
fight. I fought well that night so I won, not because
Liegh is not a good fighter. If Remedius fights more at
international level he can become a good fighter at that
would you like to fight?
Sudo :It doesn't really matter. I just want
to be the champion.
that was all I managed because the fights were on and
I was kinda intruding. He was with a K-1 rep so maybe
there are some efforts to get him back in K-1.