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BlueLander 11-24-2012 01:54 AM

If Bas Rutten was in his prime and fighting today, how would he do?
 
Was watching some old Bas Rutten fights today and man I love watching that guy fight!

How well do you think he'd fare in the UFC today if he was in his prime? Champion? Top 5? Top 10? Irrelevant?

Rygu 11-24-2012 04:02 AM

Somewhere in the first three options, although I think champion might be far-fetched. Certainly not irrelevant though, Bas was ahead of his time skillset wise without a doubt imo. I have much love for Bas though.

FBrown 11-24-2012 05:53 AM

If he fought the same as he did back then but was still in his prime, he MIGHT be Top 10 but I doubt it. He'd have to adapt to the changes in MMA. The game changes every year but I don't see Bas beating the likes of Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, or even some people further down the ladder like Ryan Bader who are gonna put him on his back.

DJ Syko 11-24-2012 07:12 AM

Bas was one of the first "smart fighters" who knew exactly what he needed to learn to be successful and was awesome athlete in his prime. No doubt he would of been one of the best today, the guy is the full package.

Hammerlock2.0 11-24-2012 08:02 AM

With the skills he had in his prime I don't think he would stand a chance against the wrestlers today. He was a smart guy though, probably would have had drastically improved takedown defense within a year or two.

MADDSNIPER 11-24-2012 08:02 AM

his TDD really would have let him down i think, i could see him being a bit like dan hardy if im honest (and i really like both hardy and bas, just being realistic)

SooprmanX 11-24-2012 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by DJ Syko (Post 1650789)
Bas was one of the first "smart fighters" who knew exactly what he needed to learn to be successful and was awesome athlete in his prime. No doubt he would of been one of the best today, the guy is the full package.

This. Bas is a very smart person/fighter. I think he would have the skills and ability to change his game according to the needs of the game. He has what it takes to have been top 5 easy IMO.

DonRifle 11-24-2012 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by MADDSNIPER (Post 1650797)
his TDD really would have let him down i think, i could see him being a bit like dan hardy if im honest (and i really like both hardy and bas, just being realistic)

In Here comes the boom he was all about defense :thumb02:

The Horticulturist 11-24-2012 10:55 AM

Thank god he's not so I can live in an imaginary world where he would beat everyone.

Realistically if you take his stories about cortisone injections etc. into account, he wouldn't have been able to compete under the type of testing they do now.

But my GOD did he hit hard. Even in his "return" fight against Villereal his striking looked devastating compared to most UFC fighters.

NotDylan 11-24-2012 11:40 AM

If he was fighting today, his skillset would be different. He would be training with modern techniques and strategies, he would be a beast, just like he was in the past.


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