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Bas Rutten: Fight was "good for Kimbo" but second-round stoppage justified

Bas Rutten: Fight was "good for Kimbo" but second-round stoppage justified
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Longtime MMA fighter and broadcaster Bas Rutten, who's also the trainer for Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and the main reason the heavyweight has garnered any sense of credibility within the sport, says that Saturday's win will be good for the fighter.

However, he also admits that the fight should have been stopped in the second round when Ferguson was tagged with nearly a full minute of unanswered ground and pound.

Rutten discussed Saturday's controversial CBS "EliteXC: PRIMETIME" main event between Ferguson and James Thompson, in depth, on his personal website.

More than anything, Rutten said that fight was good for Ferguson because he needed to be tested, especially since he's only been in MMA for a year. Ferguson's previous three fights (two pro bouts and an exhibition fight) lasted an average of just 46 seconds.

"I have to say that I am very happy with [Kimbo's] fight and his performance and that this fight made him way stronger for next time," Rutten wrote. "When you get caught in training by something, whether it's a submission or strike, you learn from that, but there is nothing like learning it the hard way in a fight."link

Post #1   6/4/08 2:47:47PM   

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im surprised this wasnt already posted

nice to hear a man who knows what he's talking about voice his opinion on the fight

WAR BAS!

Post #2   6/4/08 2:49:16PM   

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that's funny that Bas says the fight should have been stopped. usually dont hear that from people that are training together.

fight should have been stopped he is right. ha

Post #3   6/4/08 3:25:45PM   

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The fight should have been stopped and its good to see him admit that. Bas is a beast!

Post #4   6/4/08 3:27:46PM   

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Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

im surprised this wasnt already posted


I think it was, or at least an identical interview where he said it should have been stopped in the 2nd, good to hear but doesnt change things, and Kimbo isnt anywhere near this contender some hoped he would be

Post #5   6/4/08 3:31:08PM   

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yea it should have. Fights have been stopped for ALOT less.. Kimbo was not defending himself true the shots were not devestating blows.. but they were landing... I still think they were doing all they could short of paying off thompson to take a dive to ensure kimbo won that fight.

Post #6   6/4/08 3:40:45PM   

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Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

im surprised this wasnt already posted

nice to hear a man who knows what he's talking about voice his opinion on the fight

WAR BAS!



Ya I put up the blog from Bas's website a couple of days ago, but it had dropped off the front page.



Link

Post #7   6/4/08 4:55:39PM   

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bas ... i can agree.. but yaknow.. bas is the type of guy that can and will say anyting.. cause he's ******* bas rutten..period!

Post #8   6/4/08 10:06:37PM   

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So who does KImbo get next ?


Does he keep stepping up competition or does he get a can to make everyone for get JT ?

Post #9   6/5/08 12:42:54AM   

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War Bas...

Very honest, and the fans appreciate it

he has replaced Randy in my eyes, maybe I can get him to adopt me

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