Bas Rutten Talks Overeem at UFC 156, Rips Lyoto Machida

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: (L-R) Contestant Rebecca Rebecca Cobaugh, IFL Battleground host Bas Rutten and Ring Girl Lori Tyler attend the International Fight League's search for the next Ring Girl at the Lb4Lb Gym on April 21, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IFL)
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Bas Rutten is one candid and thorough dude. 

Ask him what he had for dinner, and he'll tell you how he prepared it. He'll tell you why he selected it.

You just wanted to hear that he ate salmon, but Rutten will tell you all about the Alaskan Salmon with Teriyaki marinade and brown rice that he prepared at 6:21 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. 

For fans of MMA who love to hear Rutten talk (that's all of us), this is a glorious fact. 

Talking to, Rutten discussed the entire gamut of hot topics in MMA, from Alistair Overeem's knockout loss against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 156 to Ronda Rousey and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida. 

The MMA legend also discussed a recent road rage incident—and it ends hilariously, as you'd expect with Rutten. 

It's always useful to get the perspective of a tried professional, and Rutten's humor and excited demeanor make every interview fun and engaging for the listener. 

Personally, I have to disagree with the former UFC heavyweight champ regarding Machida, but the rest of the interview was mint. 

I feel like Rutten's argument is flawed from the beginning. He says Machida doesn't have many weapons, but then he says he throws a cross and a hook or a cross and a kick and always moves in the same direction. 

That is an observation he has made, but here's the observation I have made: Machida is ridiculously difficult to catch cleanly, and this is not just because he moves in the same direction. His timing is impeccable defensively, and his knowledge of angles and distance alone is a great weapon.

Now, add in his offense. Like Rutten said, he has vicious crosses and hooks, but he also throw nasty knees and kicks, so to focus solely on his punches is unfair. 

Add in his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt (good for two submission out of 18 victories), and it is clear that Machida is, in fact, very dangerous wherever a fight goes. 

I respect Rutten's opinion, but I just cannot agree with that one. 

Check it out, and let me know what you think. Is Machida a one-trick dragon?  

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