Guest Bio: Bas Rutten is a retired MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight champion. He currently is the co-host of Inside MMA and hosts a podcast with Mauro Ranallo called Rutten & Ranallo, available on iTunes.
Topics Discussed: Kevin Randleman‘s death; Kevin Randleman’s staph infection; mental toughness and pushing through injuries; Cain Velasquez’s injuries; Benji Radach had a tendon from an illegally obtained corpse in his body; fighters who don’t realize their potential; Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith; fighters imposing their strengths on their opponents; Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck; Josh’s damaged eye; Bob Sapp and his popularity in Japan; the decline of Bob Sapp; Ronda Rousey on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm; Holly’s previous fights in the UFC; Holly Holm’s striking; oblique kicks; Jon Jones; 12-6 elbows; putting a hand on the ground to stop knee strikes; soccer kicks and foot stomps; Roger Huerta knockedout via soccer kick; Pride FC rules compared to UFC rules; Crocop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga; Pancrase; Bas’ hand slaps and palm strikes; clotheslines; hitting behind the ear; martial arts strikes that are outlawed; Renzo Gracie tweets as he beats up two muggers on the street; Renzo Gracie; Matt Serra; Looking for a Fight TV Show; CM Punk fighting in the UFC; Brock Lesnar; Chuck Liddell’s punches; Chuck’s early fights; Mauro Ranallo; working for Pride FC; Pride FC nostalgia; Rizin FF; Holland fighters; K-1 kickboxing; Ramon Dekkers; Rob Kaman; Ramon Dekkers vs. Coban; Thai fighters; Wanderlei Silva’s face; cauliflower ears; Randy Couture’s ears; Kimbo vs. James Thompson ear explosion; Leslie Smith vs. Jessica Eye ear explosion; Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha; European and Russian wrestling; Khabib Nurmagomedov; training and sparring; striking; inside low kicks and ball shots; Glory kickboxing; Gokhan Saki; Mayweather vs. Pacquiao; John Wayne Parr knockout highlights; John Wayne Parr’s face stitched up after a fight; striking talk; Bas throwing kicks in Pancrase; who Bas is training now; Marlon Moraes; World Series of Fighting; Justin Gaethje; Conor McGregor; Rafael dos Anjos; Firas Zahabi on McGregor vs. dos Anjos; stamina; Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock; Nick Diaz’s endurance; Anthony Pettis; dos Anjos vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone; when should a ref stop a fight; Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold; refereeing MMA is the worst job; advancing your position; Brian Ortega; attacking from the back; Pride FC’s ten-minute first round; Bas tells Pancrase stories; Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez; Shawn Tompkins; Duane “Bang” Ludwig; Quentin “Rampage” Jackson’s slam KO of Ricardo Arona; Shawn Tompkins’ death; finding the right trainer; the best fighters are obsessed with fighting; fighters should be selfish; your peers should like how you fight; make everything count; Bas’ illnesses; does Bas want to train championship-level fighters; Bas’ stretching routines; Bas’ gym and classes; Bas’ podcast with Mauro; Kevin Randleman stories; Bas fighting Kevin Randleman; Bas is a pioneer of MMA and one of the first early elite strikers; Bas becoming a UFC champion; the evolution of MMA and its exploding popularity; the oldest sport in the world is also the newest; Bas’ injuries; retiring with his faculties intact; fighting intelligent; Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson; McGregor vs. dos Anjos; McGregor vs. Chad Mendes; McGregor’s precision; McGregor needs to put fighting first, unlike Ronda Rousey; Rousey will grow from her defeat; McGregor’s chin; Bas tells McGregor stories; Dana White said McGregor will be the first fighter to make $100 million dollars in the UFC; Jose Aldo made $5,000,000 from the McGregor fight; Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and his kicks; “Wonderboy” training with Chris Weidman; Stephen Thompson in World Combat League; low kicks and angles; McGregor’s training partners.
My Thoughts: Nothing but MMA and fighting talk. I tried to link to all the fights and lesser-known fighters they talked about but might have missed a couple they only mentioned briefly.
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