|J. WAUGH (L) INTERVIEWING RUTTEN (R).|
On the horn:
EDITOR IN CHIEF
"The show is very dear to my heart, for the reason that mixed martial arts gave me my career," Rutten told J. Waugh (SR).
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MMA legend Bas "El Guapo" Rutten spared some time to speak with SR about his passion for the television show 'Inside MMA', which he co-hosts with Kenny Rice. Since the shows inception in 2007, it has been a platform to showcase MMA talent that exists throughout the globe. It has helped mold the current televised coverage of the sport into the mainstream status we see today. This status has helped Rutten become an even larger star in the industry, not to mention his 28 professional MMA victories as well. He has a role as the character 'Niko' in an upcoming film entitled 'Here Comes the Boom'. The movie stars Kevin James as a teacher looking to make a pay check in order to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
"A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school," IMDB describes the film.
Rutten is also involved with the O2 Trainer, a product he says is personal to him as well as one of the more unique products on the market. The O2 Trainer basically describes their device as a way to practice better breathing while reaping in the benefits of increased lung size according to Rutten.
"Put it in your mouth while you're do your conditioning workouts and you'll actually increase your lung volume," Rutten told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "Unlike all the other stuff that's out there, they will make your lungs stronger, not bigger. This one makes it bigger."
Rutten is a former Pancrase champion as well as holding the UFC's heavyweight title before he retired. He advocates that the device will give it's users stamina like they have never had, something that people from other spectrum's of life could also benefit from using.
"This product is very personal to me. I had asthma as a boy, and I remember how hard it was just to catch my breath," Rutten stated on O2TRAINER.COM. "Initially designed with athletes in mind, the O2 Trainer is used by people from all walks of life."
Rutten retired from fighting in 2006 and has since transferred over to the mainstream public by broadcasting and the film industry. Although he's been in film since the 90's, his metamorphosis as a television personality was a matter of his innate charisma and timing.
"Just very blessed," Rutten told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I was always lucky. In the beginning, hey nobody was there. They paid me money to beat somebody up, yeah, of course I'll fight. And then later on when I retired, I streamed over in(to) broadcasting because hey, they needed people for a new show. So I was just lucky all the time to be there at the right spot."
Inside MMA airs every Friday night at 9:00pm on HDNet. Rutten expressed that he will be continuing to push toward a thousand or more episodes if possible, regardless of the scheduling commitments that being in film requires.
"I want to keep doing inside MMA, even when I do movies and other stuff I still want to keep doing that," Rutten told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "The show is very dear to my heart, for the reason that mixed martial arts gave me my career."
HERE COMES THE BOOM, with Salma Hayek, Kevin James and Rutten is set to release in theaters on October 12. Check out facebook.com/srmma to stay in contact with SR.
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