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Bas Rutten – Finished with PRIDE…again.

By Al Yu | April 20, 2006

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By Al Yu

According to Sherdog Beatdown Radio, Bas Rutten has stated that he is finished with PRIDE.

Apparently it was a scheduling conflict of some sort. DSE didn’t think that one week from the inaugural IFL show to Total Elimination Absolute 2006 was enough time for Bas to prepare. Bas believed he was under contract with DSE, but DSE informed him not to show up for the tournament. He stated that the next PRIDE event would be in July. He wanted to put food on the table and needed to work the tournament.

Topics: Al Yu, All Topics, MMA, PRIDE | 15 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

15 Responses to “Bas Rutten – Finished with PRIDE…again.”

  1. justin says:

    Bas did not say he needed to work the next tourny, what he said was that he could not wait 2-3 months to make money.So that is why he is leaving DSE, because they screwed him again(saying that it was ok to do the IFL show as well as the pride event)Bas even said that he could do both and it would not have been a problem. Now he will do the ifl thing and also king of the cage up in canada

    PS you guys should actually listen to the show
    TJ DE SANTIS ROCKS

  2. I’d rather listen to Erin…

  3. David says:

    TJ and the Sherdog radio show is awesome. I would recommend that Rob and Erin listen so they can hear how to show a little more enthusiasm and not be so monotone during their broadcasts. I’m giving this as constructive criticism and not to knock you guys. I actually listen to every one of your shows and check your site daily.

  4. Luke A. says:

    Well considering TJ actually works in radio, thats a pretty tough standard for casual fans/journalists to reach

  5. Jeff says:

    TjJ works in radio? I really don’t like him on the podcast much, annoying voice and personality (shows what I know).

    I worked in radio for a while so I know it’s not the easiest thing. Trust me TJ is not someone you want to emulate except for maybe his enthusiasm. I’m sure your podcast will improve with time, just have fun with it. I think it’s pretty darn good and will improve with time and experience.

  6. Erin says:

    Ha, I can’t speak for Rob, but me with more enthusiasm is a very scarey thing, snirk.

  7. Zach Arnold says:

    Bas is a smart, smart man for getting out right now of DSE. A very smart man.

  8. Mark L says:

    Care to elaborate? Or is it more of your “I know something you don’t” stuff?

  9. Taizo says:

    So Zach, is it safe to assume that you are advising Josh Barnett to get out of Pride as well?

  10. Zach Arnold says:

    [Care to elaborate? Or is it more of your “I know something you don’t” stuff?]

    I don’t know any other information other than what has been posted on this site. The insinuation of that is pretty laughable.

    I said that Bas is a smart man to get out now because his stint with DSE, at this point, has gone about as far as it could go. Moving to the IFL is going to be a good situation for him. Plus, he can do some color commentary for them as well with Stephen Quadros. The money is probably excellent, and the schedule is less time-consuming. Good for him.

    [So Zach, is it safe to assume that you are advising Josh Barnett to get out of Pride as well?]

    My advice to everyone working for DSE is to get as much money as they possibly can. And to be well-prepared. Josh doesn’t work for cheap.

  11. Taizo says:

    So basically you are encouraging Josh to take blood money?

  12. Frankie J says:

    I’m sick of all this doom-saying about the Yakuza/DSE connection, it will all blow over. Anyone who does not realise that the ‘Mob’ is involved with all kinds of adult entertainment music, nightclubs, stripjoints, and yes *gasp* fights, is extremly naive.

    Boxing, and kickboxing have always had elements of the underworld involved in one way or another.

    Do some homework into Zuffa’s owners’ family history (although I would say this current generation of the F family is probably legit). Everyone knows Don King is crooked.

    This will all go away, DSE will get some new management, and the show will go on.

    I usually agree with about 99% of what you come up with Zach, but in this case I think you are being led astray by Japanese friends and media, who, like the average person over there, are law abiding (even law fearing) and are horrified by thought of gangsters.

    But the reality of the world is quite different. Gangsters always have and allways will have their fingers in the entertainment pie. DSE disappearing is as likely as all of Vinnie Macs’ sins coming to public attention, and the WWE folding. Chances are slim and none.

  13. Zach Arnold says:

    [So basically you are encouraging Josh to take blood money?]

    He’s under contract to them, so as far as the issue is concerned at the moment – not something that can or will be changed.

  14. Zach Arnold says:

    [I’m sick of all this doom-saying about the Yakuza/DSE connection, it will all blow over. Anyone who does not realise that the ‘Mob’ is involved with all kinds of adult entertainment music, nightclubs, stripjoints, and yes *gasp* fights, is extremly naive.]

    Since the days of Rikidozan running the wrestling business in Japan, the fans have always been interested in how “business” is done. Which is why that the yakuza talk is such an interesting issue to many readers in 2006.

    You do have a situation where a lot of yakuza-based loan sharks are lending money to middle-class fans, and in some cases those fans do end up using that money to pay for tickets to go a PRIDE show. As one person noted on 2ch, he feels like he’s borrowing money from one gang and paying it to another.

    It is 2006, and modernization will eventually hit the industry in Japan. If the Japanese fight industry wants to gain respect on an international level and be able to expand into other countries, then it faces some choices.

    I do find it interesting that a lot of people inside and outside of the business think that DSE is teflon and that everything will bounce of it, especially given the Morishita situation several years back. Eventually, however, new factors will come into play into the fight game in Japan – including the use of the legal system, something that the yakuza normally does not like to use.

  15. Total MMA says:

    Bas also told Total MMA for this month’s publication that the US Pride office believed that the IFL were going to use him as the face of their publication in the USA.

    More at http://www.total-mma.com

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