Bas Rutten Answers Questions From Fans
I saw Bas today and asked him some questions fans posted for me. For those of you that don't know me, I am good friends with El Guapo.
If it is in quotes, that is his exact words otherwise I am paraphrasing.
1. This has driven me crazy for years, but what the hell does that little engraving plate on the KOP belt say?
"I have no ****ing idea". We both started cracking up after that.
2 .Ask him what he thought about the EliteXC fight with Frank Shamrock vs Renzo Gracie.
"I thought the whole thing was very strange."
3. "can you make another skateboarding video?"
"What really?" He then said that was so cool that you guys enjoyed that and was really surprised at how much people liked it.
4. Ask if he's thinking about fighting again anytime soon? (assuming theres nothing scheduled I don't know about)
There are no plans right now.
5. Ask him if PRIDE changes ownership, would he consider going back to commentating for PRIDE? If not, what would it take for him to come back?
It does not look like it, he really likes the IFL and is sticking with them.
6. Ask him if he'll EVER consider fighting professionally again, and if so will it be for the IFL?
He actually said that if they made him a good offer he might do it!!!!
7. Does he still beat asses outside bars?
He said something along the line of "Only if they start something, then of course" to which we both laughed.
8. Ask him if he thinks any of his IFL fighters can make it in UFC/Pride and which ones, or if he has any other fighters coming through.
I forgot his response to this. Sorry.
9. Is planning to do anything at all with the "big two" of MMA organizations?
There is nothing planned at the moment.
10. ask him if he is ever coming to Norway, il buy him a drink.
And tell him I said hi from Norway
He was surprised to see he had fans in Norway and I think smiled at the drink part.
11. Ask him how his gym with Randy Couture is doing, and ask him if he's helping Randy prepare for his fight with Tim Sylvia
He is not helping Randy prepare for the fight. He said it is going to be very hard for Randy timewise as he has so much going on and he has the fight coming up. He didn't know how Randy is making time for everything but of course he wishes him the best.
I didn't ask him the other questions, I didn't see them as we were busy.
12. My question:
"What is the secret to kicking hard?"
I want some of his expert advice.
I have asked him this before and he says to step across as it generates power and opens up your hips and puts your target in the main line of your power. See his Big DVDs for a thorough explanation.
13. What was Leon van Dijk's exact injury when Ken Shamrock got that inverted heel hook on him?
He pointed to the point on the knee where the heel hook causes pain.
14. 1) Looking back at the early days of MMA and how it's evolved, where does he see mma and the evolution of it in the next 10, 20 or 30 years.
We were in a big hurry and I told him "This guy wrote a lot of stuff and probably spent a good amount of time on this but we gotta go." To which he replied "Then we have to answer him." All class.
He said it is going to explode, it already has started to.
2)Does he see one style or technique that is more dominant or better to know then any other or are they all equally important in their respective manners.
He said they are all equal. You have to know standup if you are a wrestler, wrestling if you are a standup fighter and so on otherwise your opponent can capitalize on you. The way he said it though was WAY deeper and clearer then I did.
3)Does he think MMA all across the board should have the same rules, or different rules for different leagues/areas to give the fighters an option to choose which rules they'd like to fight under, or should the rules that are set be worked out by and agreed upon by both fighters giving them the option to pick and choose what they want or would that lead to more complications then anything else?
I don't think he responded to this one.
4)Does he see MMA somehow overtaking boxing or is there a place for every sport and that there should be equality for them all across the board? Different sports for different people so to speak.
He said it already has.
5)Considering the popularity of MMA and the growth of it and general interest from fans of both sexes. How does he feel about women in MMA and does he feel it's a welcome addition? If so does he feel that it may not get the respect or recognition across the board just as other sports have not gotten the same respect and recognition because of it? If so how does he feel about the lack of support for females in other sports?
He said he thinks that women are more into it then men. He is all for women fighting.
6)Besides people in your own camp, who are some fighters in MMA that peak your interest or that you enjoy watching which are in the limelight now and who are some people we should keep an ear to the ground for in the future that maybe most fans do not know or have never heard of?
He didn't respond to this one.
7)Looking at the impact MMA has had on your body. If you could go back to the start would you still get into it if you didn't know what the outcome of you popularity would be and how many people respected you around the world, but only knew the health aspect of it? Sorry to ask such a personal question.
I think he said he would. I have asked him this before and so has others and he said he would do it all again in a heartbeat.
8)In your lifetime, in and out of the ring. Who are some of the people that have had the biggest impact on your life? Trainers, friends, teachers, writers, family and even childhood heroes.
9)If there's words of advice you could give to people, all people. What would those words be and why?
15) not a question, but tell him he is forever a legend and will have the support of the entire sherdog community
yes, im speaking on behalf of everyone here
maybe ask him to do another scarface video
This made him so happy. He LOVES his fans. He told me one time that great fighters do it for their fans, it is no longer about themselves.
He said he could do another scarface video in an instant. There is a good chance he is going to now.
16) Say hello to him from Croatia and ask him about the shorts that he worn in the 1st pancrase fights.
He said it was wild that he has fans in Croatia. This was a good question as I didn't know this.
"eh? My lucky shorts." He said those shorts were originally purple but he wore them so many times they turned pink. He still has them and is going to frame them and put them on his wall. He only stopped wearing those shorts because Pancrase asked him to
16) When he was training Genki would he practice his crazy and risky moves in the and what would Bas think of it. Did he tell him to stop, think it was ineffective or encourage it?
He definitely encouraged it. He said that Genki has a very strong wrestling base. That is the foundation for the rest of the things he does. He wanted to encourage that and that Genki sought out Bas and trained with him (I think he said for 3 years) at the BHJJC. He said the potential in Genki was clear from the start and Bas actually lined up Genki's first fights in Pancrase.
17) Would you ever consider growing out your hair again?
A firm "No."
18. ask him how does one become as cool as him
"PPPPeeeerrrrrssssoonnnnnaaallllliiitttty yyy". He said it a funny way. He said you have to have it.
19. Bas how did you get to be so freaking handsome?
"My Dad is a good looking guy".
That seems to be it. I hope you guys enjoyed it!!!!
Edit - I forgot one question.
Does he think Rampage can beat Liddell in the rematch?
He said he agrees with Quinton that Quinton needs a few more fights before we can see.