Yesterday rumors started to emerge that upstart promotion Moosin were set to bring former World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski back to the United States for a fight with Kimbo Slice in October.
Today former UFC fighter and the current spokesman and promoter for Moosin, Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch made a curious move by sending out a press release which essentially ridiculed Pudzianowski.
“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 what is Butterbean up to with this latest move?
It could be that after being handed a one-sided beatdown by Tim Sylvia in his last visit Stateside, Pudzianowski is either set to turn his back on the sport, or perhaps he’s asking for too more money than Moosin are willing to pay (he reportedly earned $110,000 for his last fight).
On the other hand, it seems to me that with Kimbo Slice’s manager appearing to rule out a fight with Pudzianowski yesterday it could well be that Butterbean is lining himself up as the Pole’s next opponent instead. 43 year-old Esch’s distinctive roly-poly figure was last seen in a 40 second loss to Jeff Kugal back in March, taking his career record to 15-7-1.