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Murilo Bustamante ‘Feeling Like a Beginner’ Preparing for his July 18 MMA Return

(For Busta, it was always about the fight, not all the bullshit like tattoos, shaved chests and  pre-fight smack talk.)

When Murilo Bustamante announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in 2007, it didn’t take long for fans and pundits to start wondering how long before the former UFC middleweight champion returned to the cage. 

As we reported yesterday, a date and an opponent has been set for the head of Brazilian Top Team’s return as he will face Jesse "JT Money" Taylor in Australia at Impact Fighting Championships’ July 18 event.

Speaking with TATAME this week, the 42-year-old said he is excited to get back to fighting and that he planned a return two years ago, but a series of setbacks prevented it from coming to fruition.

"Oh man, I’m thrilled, feeling like a beginner… I wanted to come back for a long time. Many things happened on 2008, I lost a few contacts, some events were cancelled, and my mother got sick… In 2009 I moved to the United States and my mother passed away, now finally I could find some time to practice and to sign a contract. I was training to fight for a while. I did a Boxing fight to warm me up in the beginning of the year, it was a good training, I could feel that adrenalin when I entered the ring again… I’m crazy mad to come back.I’m thrilled to fight again, it seems that the event will have great athletes… It’s a new event, so I can only hope for good thing, man. I’m very glad to train and get back to my routine. "

When asked whether ring rust may be a disadvantage for him, especially since Taylor is one of the busier fighters, having fought eight times last year, and four times thus far in 2010, Busta admits that it may play a factor in the fight.

"It won’t help, man… I had not worked much for the past two years, so it’s a negative thing for me, but I’ll try to compensate that with my trainings. I’ll try to be in a good shape to compensate my lack of rhythm with my experience. It’s seems like I’m a beginner, it looks like a debut for me."

Considering Taylor was tapped out in less than three minutes by Thales Leites earlier this month, I’m thinking Bustamante won’t have any trouble beating the TUF castaway. 

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Shifty- May 19, 2010 at 9:21 am
Well at least Demian Maia can see what he will look like in the fiture
Mr_Misanthropy- May 19, 2010 at 12:32 am
Is that picture his mug shot from when he got caught flashing old ladies in Central Park?
AndyInflammatory- May 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm
" mother passed away, now finally I could find some time to practice.."

that's some cold hearted shit
FreddyFangers- May 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Correctomundo!! I just fuck'em and leave'em. They are all usually asleep or in some state of unconsciousness, so they never really know until a few days later when it starts to sting..
Nut Puncher 9000- May 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

You must not have a woman if you think that is bitching...
FreddyFangers- May 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm
@Nut Puncher 9000:
Thats an awful lot of bitchin' you are doing. Changing the format will not change the annoying comments......I wish Ben F. would come back...just sayin.
rlh61- May 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm
JT turned out to be a dissapointment. And he's a little off-center. Not Junie-Browning-batshit-crazy, but definitely off-center.
Smitty- May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am
@ Almost North
Nice. Not funny like it was supposed to be yet, challenging to not really find it funny.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 11:22 am
I'll have you know nut...that Rain Man wasn't retarted.....he was autistic. You insensitive prick. I do however think it was very thoughtful that you apologized to Busta I guess you redeemed yourself.
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 11:19 am
Word to that. The funny shit doesn't ever come till page 2. Look at how unfunny I am being. Is that really what you want on the first page?
Nut Puncher 9000- May 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

Seriously when will you change the code so that the newest comments appear on the top?

The "First" thing is retarded beyond Rain Man and the fact that I have to open an article and then move to additional pages to read replys to comments is annoying at best.

Your readers will appreciate this change, especially live blogs, etc where the comments grow into the 100s.

Im sorry Busta that I picked your article, but this change needs to happen.

justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 11:08 am
I have to admit...I was an ol'school btt fan. Busta was one of the first top notch grapplers that could box a little. Anxious to see if he keeps with it..and fights someone else after JT, should he look good.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 10:56 am
Crap...meh beat me.
justscrappin- May 18, 2010 at 10:55 am
Oh man I'm crazy mad excited to be first.