Guest Bio: Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo are the former announcing team for Pride FC and can now be heard together on their podcast Rutten and Ranallo available on iTunes.
Topics Discussed: Pride FC; Rizin FF and Japanese MMA; fixed fights; CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall; Muay Thai fighters; Prison Fighters: 5 Rounds to Freedom TV show; Kron Gracie and other Gracie fighters; Scott Smith; Elite XC talk; Kimbo Slice; UFC featherweight division talk; WEC talk; Cody Garbrandt talk; Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt; taking a loss well; interviewing fighters after a knockout; fights where there are two finishes; fighters in Pride FC who were in their prime; Fedor’s past fights; RINGS; MMA fighter entrances; pageantry of Pride FC; watching fights when you know the result; Meryl Streep trashing mixed martial arts at the Golden Globes; MMA is an art; Ricardo Arona; Shinya Aoki; fighting off the back; Yves Edwards; Mauro talks about taking three Percocets after a Pride FC event; Enson Inoue talk; backstage fights at Pride FC; more talk/stories about the Gracies; Bas talks about buying weed; the Yakuza and Pride FC; Masato talk; Russian MMA fighters; (1:00:00) MMA would be better on a larger surface and without a cage; Bernard Hopkins knocked out of ring; other MMA/kickboxing fights with fighters knocked out of ring; grabbing the balls in MMA; 12-6 elbows; soccer kicks and stomps; steel cups; grabbing a fighter’s head and pushing it into his own knee; evolution of MMA techniques; karate fighters in MMA; Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley; guillotines; MMA is evolving; BJ Penn talk; strength and conditioning; cardio; MMA fighter with the best conditioning; Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz rematch; Nate Diaz talk; marijuana testing and MMA; Bas’ dog ate a weed edible; Bas’ arm troubles; nerve damage; more talk about Bas’ arm; Bas fell off a roof; Pride FC paid everyone in cash; Bas used a needle to suck the blood out of his swollen eyes after a fight; Bas stitched himself up with sewing needles; Bas talks about glass in his leg from broken beer bottles; Bas explains how to give yourself stitches; gluing a cut shut; a guy put a pool ball in his mouth and couldn’t get it out and his teeth had to be broken; Inside MMA cancelled; Mauro commentates for many different sports; boxing talk; why Fedor never fought in the UFC; Glory kickboxing talk; why isn’t kickboxing more popular; women fighting in MMA; attractive people fighting; is the UFC roster too big; the UFC should have an amateur division; Mickey Gall; Jon Jones talk; oblique kicks; knees to the head of a grounded opponent; elbows; (2:00:00) headbutts; soccer kicks to the head; Roger Huerta; Sports Illustrated magazine cover curse; weight cutting and hydration levels; Cris “Cyborg” Justino talk; Joe thinks there should be more weight classes; UFC’s early weigh-ins; there should be harsher punishment for fighters who miss weight; Kelvin Gastelum talk; Johny Hendricks talk; Conor McGregor talk; Jose Aldo should have leg kicked McGregor; Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway; Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor; talk about Ronda Rousey’s future; Amanda Nunes; Holly Holm; fighters who attract greatness; Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman fights; Yoel Romero’s knockout of Chris Weidman; Yoel Romero talk; Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero; Yoel Romero’s drug test failure; over-the-counter supplements; caffeine is legal in MMA competition up to a certain amount; testosterone and TRT talk; Russians and Olympic doping; will MMA ever be clean; drug testing (or lack thereof) in Pride FC; Bas replaced a Pride FC urine sample with green tea and drank it; Japanese MMA encourages doping; everyone was doping in the early days of MMA; Cris Cyborg’s positive drug test; big clits; Rizin FF’s potential; there’s no Japanese MMA star; Alistair Overeem; fighters and concussions; Bellator talk; good fighters outside of the UFC; MMA fans are spoiled by too many events; Cyborg Santos’ crushed skull led to retirement; Nogueira brothers; brain damage/CTE; Don Frye; Gary Goodridge; Cub Swanson vs. Doo-ho Choi; Max Holloway; interim titles; Conor McGregor’s weight; Khabib Nurmagomedov talk; Cain Velasquez; Francis Ngannou; Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Crocop; Crocop retiring; Crocop vs. Wanderlei Silva staredown; Mauro is terrified of Crocop; Bas tells a story about getting Mauro to interview Crocop; (3:00:00) more Crocop talk; Wanderlei Silva vs. Mark Hunt; Wanderlei vs. Rampage Jackson; Wanderlei’s future; Alistair Overeem avoided drug testing; more Wanderlei talk; what will help Rizin FF become like Pride FC.
My Thoughts: Fun podcast. Entirely devoted to MMA and fighting. Lots of good stories about the old days.
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