Photo from Michael Dunn from Silicon Valley, USA via flickr.com
Decision Win %
Height6' 1 (185 cm)
Main DivisionLight Heavyweight
Biography(references)Bas started training in boxing in the backyard of an elementary school with a friend. Rutten became interested in martial arts at age 12 after his family went on vacation to France, where the movie Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee was playing at a local movie theatre. He picked it up very quickly and after a few months he got in a street fight with the biggest bully in town. Rutten, now more confident, took the challenge and broke the bully's nose and KO'd him with the first punch he threw.
Combat ApproachOne of his favored tactics was unbalancing his opponents with push kicks against the ring ropes before overwhelming them with palm strikes and body punches, nullifying their ability to counterattack or defend. Initially counting only on defense rudiments learned from Chris Dolman, he developed his game by copying Pancrase trainings and became a dangerous submission fighter. His grappling style was patterned after Pancrase's native shoot wrestling , and he focused on chokeholds, leglocks, and a solid submission defense, which helped him to avoid being forced to submit by even high-level offensive grapplers like Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki.
Fighter Trivia(references)Rutten currently lives in Westlake Village, California, with his wife Karin and two daughters – Sabine and Bianca. Back in the Netherlands, Rutten is friends with former UFC competitor Gerard Gordeau. The show's pilot was scheduled to air 26 February 2010; however, due to a physical altercation between Rutten and co-hosts, production has been delayed indefinitely.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Hall of Fame (Pioneer wing, 2015 inductee)
UFC: UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
UFC: First Dutch champion in UFC history
UFC: Undefeated in the UFC (2–0)
Pancrase: King of Pancrase Openweight Championship (Three times)
Pancrase: Unified the King of Pancrase Championship
Pancrase: Two successful title defenses
Sherdog: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2014 inductee)
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