Originally Posted by Punisher73
Ruas was one of the first to use the Thai kick in MMA and foot stomps along the fence. It's easy to look back now and critique Ruas as not that good, but he was also one of the first guys to come into the cage with BJJ and MT together that became they blueprint for many other fighters after that.
Bas was in Pancrase by then if I remember correctly, but I wouldnt call that MMA strictly and the UFC was NHB then anyway. But good post. Rua's striking may be poor when you look at it today, but it was still light years ahead of Ricksons. Id say it's a 50/50 Rua by ko, or Rickson by armbar. But we dont know how good Ricksons chin is because he never fought any strikers(Zulu really any good apart from what we hear in the Gracies in Action vids...debatable) , that should be a knock on Gracie not Marco imo