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"El Guapo"

Bas Rutten


Photo from Michael Dunn from Silicon Valley, USA via flickr.com
Win Rate
85 %
Finish Rate
86 %
Decision Win %
75 %

Bas Rutten

6' 1 (185 cm)
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
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 Approach
One 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. The most famous aspect of his striking, however, was his scientific skill to target the opponent's liver, using punches, knees and kicks to damage it and incapacitate his adversary. Initially counting only on defense rudiments learned from Chris Dolman and Masakatsu Funaki, he developed his game by copying Pancrase trainings and became a dangerous submission fighter.
Fighter Trivia
Rutten currently lives in Westlake Village, California, with his wife Karin and two daughters – Sabine and Bianca. 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. He also participated in a brawl that took place at a bar in Sweden in which he fought several bouncers at the same time.

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)
  • Fight Matrix: 1996 Fighter of the Year

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