Bas Ruten Talks BJ Penn’s Return At UFC 232
Bas Rutten knows the temptation of returning to fighting and the struggle with walking away from the sport.
Ruten retired in 1999 at the top of his game following a UFC 20 win over Kevin Randleman due to serious injry issues, but would give it one more go for the WFA in 2006.
“I’m very blessed in that I didn’t lose in my last 22 fights,” Rutten said to Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour. “That’s a great way of getting out. I tried one more time after seven years in 2006 and I thought all my injuries were gone, which they were, for the first four weeks, and then they came back, and then some. So I had a lot of injuries, and thankfully, that was it.”
When asked about BJ Penn, who returned in 2017 after a three year retirement and not winning since a 2010 defeat of Matt Hughes. Rutten feels Penn may be in trouble against Ryan Hall at UFC 232.
“That’s going to be a tough fight for him as well,” Rutten said.
“Let’s face it, man, these young guys right now, they’re so good, they’re so in shape, and they know everything,” Rutten said of older fighters facing this current crop of athletes.
“In my time, there were still guys, I was good on the ground, I was good on the feet, and in my time, you could get away with that. There were a lot of guys who were strikers, or they were submission guys, but not a lot of fighters had all three components, I never was a good wrestler by the way. But now all these guys are phenomenal everywhere, they have a full gas tank. Nobody runs out of gas anymore like the old times.”
Rutten won’t completely count out Penn on December 29th, but Penn needs to be prepared to listen and learn in camp.
“BJ is a guy that, if he goes to a camp and he has a guy that he listens to, who tell him no, you’re going to have to do an extra round, as long as he is not in control of the training, I think, maybe in this fight he’ll do really good and perform really well,” Rutten said.
Report: MMA Fighting