This is very recent, from few 2 weeks ago or so. Generally, hard to find an interview with Sadulaev and that is a long'ish one.
I am translating many of the questions/answers for the forum, may be interesting:
Q: It looks like after the worlds, and world clubs cup, you are beginning to adapt to the new 97kg weight class. What is your current shape?
A: Right after the worlds, I went to Hadj (Mecca) and after that I returned to training again. A week ago we finished the 1st part of preparing for the Yarygin. Beginning of December I went to Iran to compete so that I can adapt myself to this weight class better and did 2 rounds of wrestling. After that I went to Sochi to train more.
Q: Well, do you feel 97kg is your weight class?
A: Not fully. After the Rio Games, I only did the Russian Nationals and there was a large time gap between Rio and Russian Nationals. And after that I did the Worlds right away. So I feel I need few more competitions to get comfortable at 97kg. I feel good now and preparation is going well.
Q: Russian team, for the first time in history was left without a gold medal in Paris. What is your explanation?
A: Well, I did not want this to happen. Its not as if we lost on purpose. We wanted to make the fans and the coaches happy, but to our big disappointment, it happened what happened.
Q: It looks like this is not a random event that our leaders lose but a result of some continuous problem that has been accumulated over time?
A: I went to Paris for Gold, but oh well, we can plan but God decides. So there are no excuses, what happened is what it is. And this motivates me even more. And this is not the last championships, there will be many more wins in the future.
Q: In your match with Snyder, it went point for point, and you seem to have lost only due to lack of luck. So there is no shame in this loss. But I noticed that team USA improved a lot, and its unclear why given their past performances. What should we do to get back to the top?
A: We just need to work more than they do. On the mat, nothing can really help you (drugs, coaches, or referees) except yourself.
Q: Did you manage to recover psychologically after the annoying loss?
A: The fact I lost is not a big deal. All wins and losses are due to God. I was not psychologically broken at all. I admitted my defeat right there and then. That said, I do believe our second meeting will go differently and that I chose the wrong game plan and in some positions I underestimated him. In a second meeting I will try not to commit the same mistakes and I think the outcome will be different.
Q: Some people think that you lost because you did not recover because of Ramadan on time?
A: No, this is not the reason. I recovered on time, that was not the problem. So this cannot be an excuse for my loss.
Q: Will you stay at 97kg or go back to 86kg?
A: Well, time will tell. I believe I will stay at 97kg, this will be my weight.
Q: Visually, Snyder looks bigger and stronger than his opponents. Did you feel that?
A: Well, at 97kg, all opponents are very heavy, and because of that, I have to find their weak spots. If I just wrestle with power vs. power, I will not even reach the final.
Q: Snyder can do 200kg bench press. What can you do? What do you do for physical preparation?
A: (laughs). I think weights and so on will not help, may be even be bad for him. I will not praise myself as I have nothing to praise myself about. But we will see how much these weights help him, I mostly focus on wrestling and technique and otherwise just ropes and chinups, etc..standard exercises for every athlete.
Q: But you seem powerful and explosive, so you must be doing something?
A: Well, since childhood, I was gifted with natural power, and because of that I did not work much on weights. I think if I do too much weights, I will not be as mobile as I am now.
Q: Do you want to meet Snyder at the Yarygin final.
A: I am not in a hurry to meet again, but I want to meet him at the final of the Worlds or the Olympics, so that also fans get more interested and excited.
Q: Do you want to try MMA after wrestling?
A: Well, I have a lot of MMA friends (Khabib), but right now I have no plans for MMA.
Q: Do you like soccer?
A: Well, I support the local team Anji but also like Barcelona.
Q: Do you want to become a soccer player like Mavlet Batirov after wrestling?
A: I am not such a good player to do that and I want to avoid injuries in general so I cannot play too much now.
Q: How do you avoid all the spoils of modern life?
A: Well, my religion disallows me to go to night clubs and also if I do that, I will not be a good athlete. So I need to pick one or the other. Since childhood, I always went to wrestling and my Dad told me if I start something I should finish it. And I cannot allow myself as Olympic champion to do such things as people look up to me.
Q: What is your salary? Did you change after becoming an Olympic champ?
A: Wrestling is not a rich sport like soccer or hockey, but it is enough to support myself. And no, I still have the same friends as before.
Q: Are you nervous in competitions?
A: No, not all, even one bit. God decides for the result, so whatever has been decided happens if its meant to happen. If not, then not.
Q: Your wife, does she watch your matches?
A: She used to but stopped as she gets too emotional.
Q: Who is your favorite fan?
A: My mom and my dad.
Q: How do you rest successfully?
A: I relax with my family and I like nature and the forest.
Q: What advice you can give to the youth?
A: Set goals, develop intellectually as well, read more books, have a healthy way of life. Listen to the elders and help the younger. Be a person whom our predecessors would be proud of.
Fast questions where he has to make a quick choice:
Q: sea or forest?
Q: Internet or TV?
Q: Lopes or Karelin?
Q: movies or books?
Q: run a marathon vs. wrestle 10 matches in a row?
Q: eat or sleep?
Q: 4 time olympic champion or President of Dagestan?
A: 4-time olympic champion.