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Butterbean Setting the Stage for a Fight with Pudzianowski

(If a regarded submission and kickboxing specialist like Butterbean thinks Pudz needs to round out his game, it must be true.)

It didn’t take long for Moosin USA promoter Eric "Butterbean" Esch to go into damage control when he saw his potential October 9 main event slip through his fingertips.

A day after Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt quashed Moosin executive Corey Fischer’s claim in a report by MMAFighting that the promotion was finalizing a marquee bout between Kimbo Slice and Mariusz Pudzianowski for the planned Chicago show, Butterbean has spun the situation in a press release sent out by the organization earlier today.

You don’t need a PR degree (like I spent three years foolishly obtaining) to know that most companies don’t send out press releases criticizing one of its employees unless it does something that makes economic sense for the organization. Even then, press releases are supposed to inform the media of things that are "press worthy," and Butterbean’s opinion alone does not qualify unless you look at the bigger picture that is being intimated.

The headline read "Butterbean’ rips Pudzianowski" and the release goes on to explain how unworthy Esche thinks "The Dominator" is of being on a "big show" like Moosin at this point in his young 2-1 mixed martial arts career. Ironic, don’t ya’ think, considering Esche fought Genki Sudo in his first MMA fight in K-1 Dynamite with six months sprawl training with American Top Team.

They pull the old good-cop bad-cop routine by stating that Moosin officials feel Pudz has a ton of potential and is even training with "Irish" Mickey Ward and some "All America wrestlers" through the summer, but Butterbean counterpoints the lovefest with some harsh words for "The World’s Strongest Man."

“I know he allegedly broke his foot in the fight against Sylvia,” Butterbean criticized Pudzianowski, “but he didn’t show anything before he quit. Pudzianowski has no stand-up and as strong as he is, he punches like a girl. All he does is throw arm punches. He needs a lot of help. He’s the 5-time World’s Strongest Man but hits like a 130-pounder, not a strong man who weighs 270 pounds. He doesn’t have the skill level to get to the level he wants to fight. Once he gets a stand-up game – you can’t have a ground game working without one – he could be a force in MMA. He still needs some work on his ground game, too. We all know he’s very strong but that’s not enough at the highest level of MMA. I don’t know who has been coaching him but that trainer should be fired. Pudzianowski needs to prove himself, showing he has a good stand-up game by beating a good MMA fighter, before he gets another big fight like a spot on the October 9th show.”

So who do you have in mind for him to face, Bean? How about a former boxer-turned MMA freakshow fighter like… say… YOU? I can’t believe you didn’t think about it yourself.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens with the card. I could be dead wrong. Maybe Pudzianowski is playing hardball with the promotion and wants more than the ridiculous $110,000 he got for losing handily to Tim Sylvia in his last Moosin fight. By the way, Sylvia made $50,000 — a far cry from the $800,000 payday he had when he lost to Fedor, but still a decent chunk of change for a guy who’s 2-3 in his past five fights.

Whether or not Pudzianowski fights on the card, the event will still have plenty of freakshow appeal with the Tim Sylvia vs. Hong Man Choi bout among others.

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Mofo- July 15, 2010 at 4:14 am
Music major! Making a good living in software, aka a bitch for The Man.

But I use my training in 20th century serialism, baroque counterpoint, and jazz harmony when I dress up like Mad Max and play in a metal band.

(Speaking of Max, he's gone pretty fuckin mad lately huh?)
bozothebrown- July 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm
@ iDestroy...ive been wonderin the same thing
Lysol- July 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Like a Double Down calling a McGangbang "fattening"
iDestroy- July 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm
So is MRuss a midget or what?
2DaDeath- July 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Is this STILL the latest article?

Isn't there a recent interview with Matt Serra about his upcoming fight you guys can post? Or a top ten worst mixed martial artists ever?

Throw me a bone here! (no homo)
Morningwood- July 14, 2010 at 11:29 am
The look on BB's face in the pic.

"these punches taste like chicken..."
cecils_pupils- July 14, 2010 at 11:25 am
lol @ bpd's comment...

So Butterbean is talkin' smack about Pudz's stand-up? hahahaha
Morningwood- July 14, 2010 at 11:24 am
Wonder what the stats are for having a degree in the field you work in. I sure don't.....nor do any of my friends.
El Guapo- July 14, 2010 at 11:03 am
Pretty sure mine takes the cake. If the cake was made out of crapola, of course. I have a marine biology degree but work in accounts payable...(Shrugging shoulders) Don't ask me. I have no f'kn clue how that works, either.

"And in this corner, weighing in at a fit and ready three hundred ninety four pounds, ButterrrrrrrrrBEEEEEEEEEEEAN!!"
Viva Hate- July 14, 2010 at 10:45 am
Try living with a political science degree, I have it hanging in my bathroom for the next time I run out of TP, it is the only use I will ever get of it.
PurplePickle- July 14, 2010 at 10:29 am
@Mike Russell

That little story pretty much explains your ability to write, photoshop, podcast, and still comment on a large portion of the CP posts. That's a sizable workload, and it seems to be par for the course for you. Color me impressed. All the usual joking aside, I tip my hat to you.
bpd- July 14, 2010 at 10:26 am
"I'm not... wait a sec. (gnaws on turkey leg) where was I? Oh right, listen. (burp) I'm not imp--(burp) oh man, that was foul... lemme just (takes pull from a 3 liter of store brand root beer). Damn, man. (wheezes heavily) Anyway. I'm not impressed with your performance! Ha ha ha!"

DaltonSwayze- July 14, 2010 at 10:14 am
Hey glassjawsh, it's better than the worthless English degree I'm still limping through for the past decade. That's dedication to failing, right there
Mike Russell- July 14, 2010 at 10:10 am
It was a four-year degree, but it was fast-tracked through three thanks to the 133% workload.I had my fun the first time around in college and my wife and kids likely wouldn't have been thrilled if I was partying all the time after class. I went back this time when I was 30 because I hated working in electronics (aerospace and industrial) as it was way too mundane and didn't require much creativity. I went to school all day and wrote for, The Fight Network and MMA Authority Magazine and did homework most nights.It wasn't a ton of fun, but getting to work doing something I love was worth it.
jgrant- July 14, 2010 at 10:09 am
Did you decide not have fun in school and get your degree in 3 years?
glassjawsh- July 14, 2010 at 10:01 am
props on getting a PR degree in 3 years, makes me look stupid for taking 6 to get a history degree