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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Bas Rutten reaction to Kímbo loss

Bas Rutten believes Kimbo’s decison to fight Petruzelli was the right one


“I think it was the right decision because people were there to see him right,” said Rutten during an exclusive interview with “I think that 80 percent of the people in the place were there for Kimbo. And they found a replacement for Ken (Shamrock) so let’s put the fight on?”

When asked if he was surprised in the manner in which Slice was knocked down — a right jab by Petruzelli — Rutten indicated that he certainly was.

“I think everyone in that place was surprised with that,” he responded. “We’ve seen him in street brawls get hit much harder and still stay up. This was literally what they call a fluke shot. Was it a lucky shot? People might say it’s a lucky shot but it’s not. He aimed for it and I’ve always said that if you aim for it and you hit it then it’s not a lucky shot. It was a weird position to punch from but for some reason it took the wind out of him. It was very weird.”

While many are writing off Slice in light of the disappointing effort, Rutten is standing by Slice and believes that the outcome could have been worse.

“Some people cannot win regardless of the outcome,” Rutten began. “It’s a no-win situation. Everyone is bagging on him. If people are smart, they will look at the fight. It lasted 14 seconds. It was a flash knockout. It was a weird punch but because he was running in and there was some power on it, it knocked him down. Look, if this guy had come in and it was a 1-2 to the body followed up by some punches to the head and another one to the body and you saw Kimbo standing there messed up and then get hit with a clean 1-2 and then go down, then I say that’s going to hurt him. This isn’t going to hurt him. It was more of a push instead of a punch. It’s not a big deal.”

Rutten was also asked whether there were any training issues that might have contributed to Slice’s performance on Saturday night.

“He trained hard,” answered Rutten. “I was gone for a little bit and some things popped up. We trained 80 percent for the ground so that we could defend those leg locks and other submissions. That was the gameplan and we decided to devote the other 20 to striking. Now people will look back and go ‘Oh, was that the reason that he lost against Seth Petruzelli?’ and it’s not. Kimbo’s striking is good enough. In fact, I think his striking is very decent. So that was not the problem at all but it was a total gameplan change in his mind. But even that doesn’t stop you from getting hit by such a weird punch.”

Fun trivia: In danish "kamp" means "match" or "fight". So Martin Kampmann really lives up to his name.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 02:16 PM
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I know Kimbo is Bas' boy but saying his striking is "good enough" and "very decent"? Maybe decent enough to beat someone with very bad striking, but not good enough to beat anyone with good stand up by MMA standards.


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Interesting... Looks like Bas is still confident in this guy
We’ve seen him in street brawls get hit much harder and still stay up
which one of those bums hits harder than trained MMA fighter?

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Kimbo is Bass's guy, he's not going to admit kim came was knocked out by a bad punch, he has to say it was a actually amazing, somehow, punch.
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Originally Posted by Zemelya View Post
Interesting... Looks like Bas is still confident in this guy
and which one of those bums hits harder than trained MMA fighter?

The point was more that Kimbo once stood in front of a guy much bigger than Seth, and let him punch him in the face as hard as he could a couple of times, Kimbo didn't even flinch.

Seth's punch was a deffensive half punch thrown while he was off ballance and moving backawards...

Not that I've ever believed Kimbo would turn into a real MMA fighter, but the one thing about Kimbo I thought was special up until now was his chin... heh.

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Seth's punch was one of those that just pushes through you and Kimbo ran right into it.

I've concluded that either Bas is not as good of a trainer as he is a fighter or Kimbo is not a good learner.
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id lean towards Kimbo not being a good learner, even basic concepts like closed guard he didnt seem to grasp in the Thomson fight
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