http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=3068 Former PRIDE FC lightweight champion, Takanori Gomi is a month away from turning 31 years old and five months away from becoming the father of his first child. East Press sat down to talk to Gomi and our Brazilian correspondent was able to translate the chat for Fighters Only daily visitors. Check it out: EP: You’re about to become 31 years old. What does the age mean for you? It’s great. I’m a more experienced and secured man. I feel good. EP: Is it too different from the time you were younger? Yes, very much. I’ve learnt a lot along the years. Becoming a fighter helped me to understand the world and the people. I was always too shy. When I was a boy, I was the weakest in the school. I had to change my whole being to get where I am today. I feel very good about myself just for getting to 31. EP: Tell us about your childhood and teenager times. I haven’t much to say about it. It was hard to make friends. Only after growing did I start to mix in groups, hang out with girls… EP: How’s your training going on and what are your plans for the future? I’m just back from vacation. I kicked off training with wrestling and boxing and also dedicated time for the students. I split the time between Kugayama (Japanese city) and Kokushikan University. I’m keeping the shape but haven’t any fight set for the next months. EP: How do you analyze yourself as a master? Are you disciplined and serious? Sure thing, discipline is important - but I’m not interested in working as an example for anyone. I just teach my knowledge for them and they get stronger and self confident. EP: You just said you haven’t got any fight set up, but are you talking to any promotions? Actually I am always negotiating, but it doesn’t mean much. I’m not in a hurry for fighting. My child is going to be born in the beginning of the next year and everything is going to happen calmly. I either can fight or not, it depends exclusively of my wish. EP: Tell us about your expectation of being a father. Have you already found out the gender of the child? No, not yet. Chiaki (Gomi’s wife) is about to complete four months of pregnancy. In fact, we’re not worried with the sex of the baby. What really matter is he or she comes healthy. I’m very happy and can’t wait. EP: Alright. How do you see the MMA currently? I don’t see many changes and haven’t been attending the events. My closest friends keep me informed. EP: It is some time since you last fought. Do you believe you may have difficultly on your way back to the ring? No, I’m stronger than ever. I’m more experienced and after Affliction’s demise I decided not to create further expectations. When I do return to fighting I’ll be all set. EP: Where do you expect to fight, in USA or Japan? I’ve no worries with that at this time. What really matters is, I feel good to return. I don’t have much expectation on where or when I’ll fight. It’s going to be decided nicely. EP: How about that message you sent to Dana White? That was after Nakamura’s fight. I believed I’d fight for UFC but some terms avoided me to fight at that time. I regret having said that. EP: Do you still think you’re the number one MMA lightweight fighter? Of course. I don’t see any fighter over me in this weight class. I think nobody has reached my best but there are great fighters able to get where I got, for sure. EP: You’re going to get married. Have you thought about post-wedding trip? We still didn’t think it over. Chiaki has already lived in France and thinks on going back there. I want to visit Rio de Janeiro. I watched a TV program about Rio, the beaches, Brasil… Some friends of mine went out there and said that it is a beautiful spot. I don’t know whether we’ll travel or not but I hope to visit some places I still haven’t been to. EP: Thanks for the interview. Is there any message for the fans? I thank you for the conversation and wish peace and health for everyone.