Dean Lister talks about Pride and ADCC

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By: Gleidson Venga / Team TATAMEDean Lister is one of the names confirmed for Pride Bushido 6, where he will face Japanese fighter Akira Shoji and, if he beats him, he will face the winner from the fight between Amar Suloev and Paulo Fillho on the same day. The winner will earn a spot in the Pride GP. Lister is ready: ‘I’m very focused on my preparation for this edition of Pride and I feel very good. I have outlined a strategy for this fight and will be ready to accomplish it in the ring’. About Akira Shoji, the American comments: ‘Shoji is a very tough and experienced guy. Someone told to me that he would like to fight on the ground and show me how good he is on it. That is good, since my opponents do not fight on the ground with me. Actually, I’m not certain if this will really be the strategy he will use, but I am mentally ready to war.’If he beats Shoji, Dean Lister faces the winner of the combat between Suloev and Paulo. He reveals whom he would like to face: ‘These two fighters are very talented and they will have a real interesting fight. I am not certain on who will succeed. They both have great skills and whoever wins will be a real tough opponent. I?d rather face Suloev because we have already fought before, on Pride Bushido 5 and I think did not have a good performance that time.’A place at the GP of middleweights would be a great accomplishment for the fighter: ‘All the fighters of this mini GP are excellent. So, it’s like this could be part of the main GP. My game works very efficiently against any of them. I am not expecting an easy day, but I think I will be a great challenge for any of them, specially with those that accept the way I play my game’.In May, Dean Lister will make the super fight of the ADCC against Ricardo Arona. He predicts the difficulties he will face: ‘This ADCC is very important for me. I respect Arona very much, we are friends and, by the way, we have trained together. This is a very small world, I’d never imagine I would face him on the tatame, except training. I will be ready for this huge challenge.’

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