Thirteen years after they first shared a commentary table, former Pride FC announcers Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo will once again sit side by side to analyze and discuss combat sports when they reunite on the upcoming season of Inside MMA on AXS TV.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, Rutten discussed his camaraderie with Ranallo, the passing of his one-time UFC rival Kevin Randleman, and what’s going on in his ever-busy world.
MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Bas, how did you feel to find out you’d be reunited with Mauro Ranallo on AXS TV’s Inside MMA?
Bas Rutten: I thought it was great. I already knew that with Kenny (Rice) that he was going to be so busy with NBC with boxing and Kentucky Derby and the Olympics coming up. Mauro and I just started a podcast and then suddenly I got a little rumor that Mauro was going to do Inside MMA with me, so I started making phone calls and then I realized what was going on.
First we do a podcast together, which we just started and really enjoy, and now we’re going to work together on Inside MMA, so we’re stoked to say the least.
MMAWeekly.com: How has the chemistry grown or changed since you first teamed up in Pride FC 13 years ago?
Bas Rutten: I certainly think things have gotten better. Back in 2003 is when Mauro came to Pride FC, that was the first big MMA show he had done, and now after all these years with the work he’s done with all the biggest companies on the planet, it only helps.
Mauro is always learning. He’ll sit in his car and read notes. That’s the way he’s always been. I haven’t seen anything different from him since 2003. So I think it’s going to be better and we’ll hit it ….View full article