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Bas Rutten: For Fedor to stay at the top he is going to have to fight top competition

Bas Rutten is an MMA Legend and highly sought after trainer. He currently trains top prospects Kimbo Slice and Chris Horodecki among many others. Rutten recently sat down with our friends over at to discuss Kimbo’s upcoming fight vs. Tank Abbott, Chris Horodecki’s first MMA loss and a variety of other issues. Here are some of the highlights:

Bas On A Possible comeback:

No, I am not going to come back. My knees just can’t take it anymore and I want to concentrate on getting Kimbo ready for his fight next month and the fights that will follow that one.

Bas On Kimbo’s Training:

He’s doing great, he is really moving along and like I said before, he really hits hard. I think once he starts connecting with those punches his opponent is going to start thinking “oh crap, what did I get myself into?”. He is also not afraid to get hit hard which is really good. He listens really well to the instructions that he is given and that is going to help him.

Bas On Kimbo vs. Tank:

Well his first fight only lasted a little over a minute and then his second fight against Bo Cantrell wasn’t really a fight because it only lasted 19 seconds. So we really didn’t learn very much from those two fights and I want him to fight a tough guy. Tank is definitely a tough guy and maybe he’s going to want people to know that he is still around and he will train hard for this fight. If he doesn’t train hard he’s going to be in a lot of trouble. I want Kimbo’s opponent to make this fight longer than the previous two. I shouldn’t say it but I want him to get hit but not too hard [laughs].

Bas On Kimbo’s Ability As An MMA Fighter:

If he sticks with the game plan then we will get a better idea of where he is at. We need to get him some opponents that are going to put up resistance. We will take it from there and then build him up to better opponents. Some people want to rush it and have him fight Fedor but there is too big of a difference in experience. I mean Fedor has something like 24 fights and then all of his Sambo matches. Right now I just need to get him used to fighting in the cage. Kimbo has four fights this year and if he stays injury free and keeps progressing, then I have no problem putting him up against a top 10 fighter.

Bas On Fedor And His Standing In The World Rankings:

It is difficult because he doesn’t fight the guys, right? The last real fighter that he fought was Matt Lindlind and he was like 30 pounds lighter. Matt did a really good against him but Fedor held onto the ropes and Matt couldn’t take him down. Matt is a little devil and cut him with the first punch he threw. In order for Fedor to stay at the top he is going to have to start fighting the top competition.

Bas On Fedor Fighting Hong Man Choi:

[Laughs] Yes what was that? He tried to take him down and the guy just fell on his chest. Then as soon as the fight was on the ground you could quit watching because it was only going to be a matter of seconds before the fight was over. Tall guys like that are easier to submit because long limbs are easier to catch for submissions. Tall fighters also leave a lot of space around their bodies which makes it easier for their opponent to escape. You could have knee barred that guy on his arm.

Bas On Chris Horodecki Suffering his first loss:

I am not sure when his next fight is but he has some work to do. Up till now his success was based on technique and in that fight he was overpowered. He needs to get stronger so I’m pretty sure he is going to be hitting the weights. He may only be 20 years old but his mindset going into his fights is amazing so I don’t expect him to be punch-shy when he steps into the ring again. He is still very early in his career and I expect him to make a very strong comeback.

To read the rest of this interview with much more from Bas Rutten, including his picks for UFC 80, click here.