Think Cyborg just blasts through De Randamie when they eventually face off? Not so fast says Bas Rutten.
Now that USADA issues have been cleared up, the logical next opponent for newly minted UFC champion Germaine de Randamie is Cris Cyborg. It should be a fun battle between talented strikers, and while most people favor the long time champ in Cyborg, Bas Rutten gives Germaine a better chance at winning.
Bas says this stems from seeing and working with De Randamie in the past, along with his respect for the level of competition in Holland.
“I knew that, in the striking department — once you’re 47-0 and you’re in Holland, and you do it in Europe, it’s a different kind of level there, the striking, than it is overseas. It simply is. The striking is just at a real high level because everybody is doing it,” Rutten said on the MMA Hour. “It’s almost like soccer. You’ve got gyms everywhere. Every week, there’s fights everywhere, in bars, in little sport gyms. Whatever it is. There’s a lot of Thai boxing, and because a lot of people do it, a lot of people are very good at it. So I knew that her striking was going to beat Holly Holm’s striking, although I’m very impressed with Holly Holm as well.”
According to Rutten, De Randamie can conceivably do well against Cyborg if she manages to keep it on the feet.
“Jorina Baars, she’s from Holland, she beat Cyborg in Lion Fight. So yeah, I do think that [de Randamie] can hang with her,” Rutten said. “But I think once Cyborg gets ahold of her and she can throw her down, we’re going to have a big problem. [De Randamie] really wants to keep this fight standing against her, and keep the distance between them. You want to stay outside the distance just enough that you can counter, but do not go clinching with Cyborg. I think that’s a bad thing.”