Bas Rutten Still Not Impressed With Kimbo
As TUF 10 Looms, Former Trainer and MMA Legend Speaks Out
As a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase winner, and one of the most colorful MMA characters of all time, when Bas Rutten speaks…you should listen.
It appears Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson never got that message.
When Kimbo first broke into the MMA world, one of his first trainers was Bas. The partnership didn’t last long, however, with Rutten openly severing his ties with the controversial backstreet brawler. Now that it’s been confirmed that Kimbo Slice will be on the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Bas is back and ready to go into even more detail on why he chose to end his coaching of Kimbo.
He recently told “Fighter’s Only” magazine…
“I misjudged him, he turned into a whole different person. I told him a few weeks ago, I had a sit down with him. I told him that he was an asshole and that I have zero respect (for him) and I can’t train people that I have no respect for. Can’t ever. He just turned into a different guy; he didn’t need to do the things that I told him to do. He wasn’t going to go to the ground, you know? He learned some things but he started to forget them. In the Thompson fight he did some great escapes in round number one but once fatigue hit him, he didn’t do anything. And what I didn’t like about the Thompson fight as well was he said afterwards ‘Yeah, we planned on fighting three rounds’ and I told him ‘Don’t say that, you were lucky the referee didn’t stop the fight in the second round’. Don’t say we planned to fight three rounds, it wasn’t a plan. If (my students) don’t do what I say, they are out. I am there for the best interests of the fighters, I want them to win. If they don’t accept that, bye bye.”
It appears that Kimbo’s biggest mistake was getting caught up in his own hype. Some say it would be hard not to, given Kimbo’s circumstances. Either way, that hype was killed dead after a 14-second loss to unknown Seth Petruzelli.
So, has Kimbo learned from his mistakes? Will we see someone who is eager to soak up MMA knowledge, or the same guy we saw in Elite XC, whose gameplan was nothing but big punches and…more big punches? Coming off of a 14-second loss, is Kimbo even going to make it out of the first episode?
Fans will have to wait until September 16 to get their answers.