UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten appeared recently on Submission Radio and put on his prediction cap.
Will GSP fight again?
“He will fight, it’s a money thing,” predicted Bas. “You know, you have Rousey, you have McGregor, he has millions, millions, millions, you know, and if he wants to make a comeback, this is the right time to make a comeback, since he’s a really beloved fighter and everybody wants to see him. But of course he’s got new demands. He’s gotta go like, ‘I’m not gonna fight for what you guys paid me at the time. Right now you guys just sold for 4.2 billion dollars, I know there is money and everybody wants a piece of it.’ You see all the other fighters started doing it.
“So that’s what I think happened and he’s trying to shoot for a high number and I think the UFC should let him fight and it will happen. I truly believe so. Because they’re gonna need a star, cause McGregor, the rumors are very almost certain that he’s going to take a year off. You know, Ronda Rousey, well we’re going to have to see how she makes her return. I think she will do great, but what if she loses? You lose two of your bigger draws for the UFC. So then a guy like GSP will automatically fit in really nice for them. So eventually it will happen, I guess. But right now I think it’s a power move to say, ‘No, we’re not going to do it.’”
If GSP fights again, will his skills be diminished?
“Georges St. Pierre is not gonna be an easy fight,” predicted Bas. [They say] ‘Yeah, but he’s not been fighting for a while, that’s why it’s going to be easy.’ Trust me man, this guy has kept on training. If he’s in the right state of mind there should never be ring rust, cage rust, or whatever you call it in MMA. There should never be that. I didn’t have it after seven years. It’s just the way you spar and where you go to a fight.”
“Michael [Bisping] also knows there is money to be made and he knows that if he fights against Georges St-Pierre, that’s going to be a great pay-per-view buy. And being the champion and all, now he’s got a cut for the pay-per-view buys, so he’s going to make a lot of money. And he’s at the end of his career. I mean, he’s had a lot injuries over the last few years, so a big money fight for him would make total sense. When I read the internet and some people are saying, ‘Oh he just does it because he’s looking for easier fights,’ and I go, ‘EASIER FIGHT??!?’
Who wins the UFC 205 main event between McGregor and Alvarez?
“I think in the first two rounds, if there will be a knockout, I think it’s probably coming from McGregor that he wins by knockout,” said Bas. “I’m afraid when he goes into the championship rounds, and Alvarez has been there a bunch of times and he pushes it, that could be trouble for Conor.”
Will featherweight champion Conor McGregor give up one belt if he beats lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez?
“Ohhh I don’t know what the contract says about that, but I’m pretty sure that if he right away will defend the title – but he says he’s going to be a year off – but if he right away defends the title at 145, then that could be a reason to let him keep it,” said Bas. “But then again, he’s going to hold the 155 belt. That’s the problem with having two belts. I think UFC should have the power to just say ‘No, the belt is going to be taken away from you.’
“I mean, they did it with me in Pancrase a while ago because I couldn’t make it because I chose to stay with my family because my daughter was being born and there were big complications. I could have lost my wife and my daughter. So I said, ‘I’m not gonna fight.’ They said, ‘Okay, now we gotta take the belt back.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah whatever, I’ll get it back anyway when I come back.’”