Bas Rutten's Thoughts About His Fight
This is coming from Bas himself at basrutten.tv.
Pretty honest, as well as informative game plan.
The fight itself through my brain:
The game plan was to see if I could KO him, if that wouldn’t work, because we know he had a strong chin, I would see if I could "chop down his legs" and if that didn’t work I would go for a takedown and a submission, but later in the fight when he would get tired.
I trained for 7 rounds of 6 minutes, so I was not going to get tired; the things I did in training were insane, so I knew that I was always going to have more stamina. More than Kimo, Tank, Wes and Warpath, that was the order from the fighters that I was going to face.
Straight punches was also the game plan, since he has a longer reach than I have. For the people who thought I had my hands too low, that was also part of my game plan, you hear my corner saying the same thing to me during the fight, and I motion them that it’s OK. I did this because my right rib had popped out a week before in training and I wasn’t allowed to numb it up with an injection in the dressing room.
This way, with my hands low, he would only hit for my head and not my body, also, I saw that his punches were "looping" so if I would go backwards his hands would be down after a punch and I could capitalize on that.
When I realized that he had a good chin, and trust me, you will see that I didn’t hit one punch on just his head, I really aim for his jaw, and since they all where right on his jaw, I knew he had a great chin, time for plan 2, I started to low kick him.
Also, I always listen to what HIS corner is saying, I heard them saying that I was “one dimensional” with my punches (which was true because I wanted to give only straights), that was the moment that I gave him a left hook/right straight, see? You can use that against him. I had the same in my Kohsaka fight, Maurice Smith told TK that I was going to high kick him (which was true) that’s why I changed it into a right straight, worked like a charm.
The first low kick had good impact, the second also, and the third, while I was backing up, was very good, I hit him with the shin part right underneath my knee (which is the best) after that I saw him limping, so that’s where the last one came, I should have stepped that one in deeper because he moved backwards and I hit him with the part just underneath my toes, not good but it closed the deal.
It was a great night for me; I felt really good and relaxed. I am happy that Warpath stepped up the last minute so I had a fight, too bad it wasn’t Kimo, I was going to show off my takedown defense, I couldn’t do that right now.
Oh, and when I said that I wanted to fight Fedor at the press conference, I said first that I didn’t want to fight him because he’s so good, THAN I said, you know what? I would like to fight him, but just to see if I can survive him the whole fight. (I know how good he is and I am a natural light heavyweight).
When they asked my where I saw myself ranked, I told them that I hoped (HOPED) I was on the top 10 list, because knowing that there are 6.000.000.000 people on the planet that would be pretty unbelievable.
What I am trying to say is that I know that I need some more training to fight the top guys, but I am good on my way, there was no "ring rust" at all and the stamina was there.
Thanks for all the support, I will get some things done to my body and hopefully you see me again!
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