Bas Rutten ‘Living Mixed Martial Arts Part III’
Once a year, PDG talks with Legendary Fighter and Analyst “El Guapo” Bas Rutten and asks him questions regarding the world of mixed martial arts and what his personal opinions are in regards to the year of fighting in review. The following is Part III of a great series of interviews involving the former King of Pancrase, the host of HDNet’s Inside MMA, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and the man well regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists to enter a cage or ring.
PDG: So do you think the fans will ever get to see Josh Barnett fight Fedor Emelianenko?
Bas Rutten: I don't think it is going to happen and if it happens it will be in Japan. I think that Josh is going to have a very difficult time getting another fight in the United States. Who is going to take the risk to promote that fight with the liabilities from his past that he would bring if he was put into a main event again. It's like the actors that get banged up on drugs and alcohol; they become liabilities and can cause a whole movie production to go down the drain. So you see them less and less involved in the industry because nobody wants to work with them. It's a shame.
Lashley hints at dropping pro wrestling
Pro wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley - who makes his Strikeforce debut on January 30 - has hinted that he may soon have to ditch his pro wrestling obligations and focus solely on MMA.
Presently Lashley is still very much a part of TNA Wrestling which he juggles with his MMA training.
Dana White talks Gilbert Yvel
UFC fans will get their first glimpse of maverick Dutch kickboxer Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108 on Saturday.
"The Hurricane" comes in as a replacement for Gabriel Gonzaga to fight Brazilian heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos in what promises to be the sleeper event in Las Vegas.
"The guy's an amazing striker," said White.
"He's the only guy to ever knockout Cheick Kongo. He beat Semmy Schilt and just recently knocked out Pedro Rizzo.
Frank Mir Denies Steroids Played a Role in His Growth
"I'm not gonna steer that route. The UFC drug tests the hell out of us. I get randomly drug tested all the time because I'm with the UFC. I'm sure there's a way around everything but that's a lot of stress."
Mir said it would be too much to deal with before a fight. He told Cagewriter that he was incredibly lean with low body fat at UFC 100. After the fight, he immediately ballooned up to 265 pounds. He worked with elite former Strongman contestant Mark Philippi to add the bulk and strength the right way. Mir is hoping to be walking around at 280 pounds by his next fight.
King Mo accepts fine, promises more antics
“King” Mo Lawal was fined 10 percent of his $10,000 fight purse by the California State Athletic Commission for spraying Rockstar energy drink in the cage at Strikeforce: Evolution. The act was a celebration following his knockout victory over Mike Whitehead on Dec. 19, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Lawal isn’t happy with the fine, but understands the commission rules the roost.
“I just celebrated. You know what I’m saying? It’s not a big deal. It’s not like I kept on hitting him after the bell rang or when the referee stepped in,” Lawal told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio. “Let’s keep it real. It‘s not that big of a deal.”
He asks, “Why should they punish me for celebrating?”
Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary Goodridge set for year-end "Dynamite!! 2009" event
A recently rumored contest between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (27-2-1) and UFC and PRIDE veteran Gary Goodridge (23-19-1) is apparently on.While DREAM, World Victory Road and K-1 officials have yet to make an official announcement, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today spoke with Mousasi's manager and M-1 Global executive Apy Echteld who confirmed "The Dreamcatcher" is currently en route to Japan for the matchup.Goodridge was not immediately available for comment.
Josh Koscheck Off UFC 109 With Injury
Josh Koscheck has been forced to pull out of his UFC 109 bout against Paulo Thiago due to an undisclosed injury. The bout was scheduled to take place on Feb. 6.
At this time, it is unknown how long Koscheck will be out for. Thiago, meanwhile, will remain on the card, however, the UFC has yet to sign a replacement to fight the Brazilian.
UPDATE: Mike Swick will step in for his teammate and face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109
Stout enjoys profitable if odd year in the UFC
It's been a profitable if somewhat strange year for Canadian fighter Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout.
Stout won a decision over (Handsome) Matt Wiman at UFC 97 in April, picking up a US$70,000 fight of the night bonus in the process. The 25-year-old lightweight from London, Ont., was slated to meet Phillipe Nover next at a card Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City but the mixed martial arts bout was called off when Nover had a seizure in the locker-room.
The Blueprint: Thiago Silva
There are only a few things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Evans-Silva ending inside the distance.
That’s right. I said it. There is no possible way that the main event at UFC 108 will last the full three rounds. No chance. None whatsoever. Why? Styles make fights, and Evans’ counter punching mixed with Silva’s go-for-broke mentality means that this one is going to end early.\
Fighting a restrictive MMA judging system
When UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida got his hand raised on Oct. 24 after his title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in a fight where most polls showed about 80 percent of the public believed the title should have changed hands, it set off a series of three straight major-show UFC main events in which judging became a hotly debated issue.
But some of the most vehement response has come from a surprising source: the judges themselves, some of whom feel handcuffed and frustrated with the system in place.
The ‘Hitman’ Reloaded
Imagine being a professional hit man and having your typical day at the office quickly turn on a dime from being a productive one to becoming the worst one in your career.
In a split second, a clean headshot at a target in your sights misses its mark and you end up trading shots with an equally apt sniper, whom you soon realize you should have never been in a gunfight with in the first place.
38 and in his prime, The Janitor still loves cleaning clocks
When Vladimir Matyushenko competed in his first mixed martial arts fight at the Battle in the Bayou back in September of 1997, Mike Tyson had only just taken a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. The first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. Oh, and Steve Cantwell, Matyushenko’s opponent at UFC 108 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was 11 years old.
Cantwell stays level, hungry, despite roller coaster year
Talk about highs and lows. Steve Cantwell became a world champion at just 21 years of age in 2008, but went winless in 2009. So as he prepares for a new year and a bout against respected veteran Vladimir Matyushenko on January 2nd at UFC 108, the young light heavyweight admits to having struggled with the ups and downs of these past two years.
In August of 2008, Cantwell scored a dramatic second round TKO win over Brian Stann. The victory not only avenged a prior KO loss to Stann but it also earned Cantwell the WEC 205-lb title belt.
2009 World MMA Awards debuts Jan. 6 on Versus
The 2009 World MMA Awards conclude this Wednesday, Dec. 30, with a red-carpet, black-tie ceremony that airs live on Versus.com at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT local time).
The event, which celebrates and honors MMA's best of 2009, then airs via delay on the regular Versus cable station on Jan. 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT), Jan. 7 (midnight) and Jan. 9 (2:30 p.m.). Each broadcasts runs one hour.
The 2009 World MMA Awards ceremony, a star-studded affair organized by Fighters Only, takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In addition to dozens of the MMA industry's top fighters and executives, the awards show also features celebrity presenters and guests, such as MMA fans Holly Madison and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as comedian John Heffron, who hosts the event.
Dan Hardy: Georges St. Pierre should expect to get hit in the face over and over again at UFC 111
He knows what's coming. He knows there's a left hook with his name on it and at some point in the 25 minutes I'll land it. I'm expecting him to take me down. At some point in the fight I'll end up on my back and I'll fight from it. When you're fighting GSP you accept at some point you're going to get taken down, but now GSP has to expect that when he fights me he's going to get hit in the face over and over again. I'm always the underdog. Every fight I go into nobody thinks I'm going to win.
UFC Quick Quote: Paul Daley training in secret for Dustin Hazelett
I've had to sacrifice my entire Christmas to get ready for this fight and have been in lockdown for about six weeks now. I've done the bulk of my training at a secret location in Holland. I know Hazelett will be a test for me. Just because he has come in as a replacement doesn't mean he's any less of an opponent. If anything, a late replacement often offers even more of a threat.
Hazelette Ready For Next Step In Trek To The Top
Returning to the Octagon on Jan. 2 at UFC 108 after a slew of mishaps, Dustin Hazelett is ready to make an emphatic return.After rehabilitating a torn ACL suffered in preparation for a bout with Ben Saunders at UFC 96 last March, Hazelett was then lined up opposite former title contender Karo Parisyan for a UFC 106 televised spot in November.Following an exchange of jiu-jitsu versus judo banter between the two, the fight was cancelled at the last minute, and became the center of much controversy.
Control The Key To Silva's Title Aspiration
“To perform my job and be the best, and get a win and be on track to be the champion,” Silva said of his goals. “That’s what I want, is to compete against the best and be the champion.”That can only happen, he says, if he’s not a prisoner to his emotions.Appearances aside, Silva said he wasn’t trying to be a hothead when he screamed bloody murder after knocking out his latest victim, Keith Jardine. On the contrary, he was just happy to be back on the winning track.