Inducted into HOF(Pioneer Wing): July 11,2015
Bas Rutten is one of the most colorful and charismatic figures in the history of MMA. Rutten is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and 3-time King of Pancrase world champion.
Rutten, born in the Netherlands, took an interest in taekwondo as a youth, and by the time he turned 20, he was competing in kickboxing , fighting 16 times, winning the first 14 by knockout, 13 in the first round, and losing his final two fights.
Rutten’s introduction to MMA came in 1993. While training in Holland, Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki were scouting fighters for their new hybrid wresting organization,Pancrase, and immediately recruited Rutten into their organization. Rutten found much success in Pancrase, fighting in 30 fights in a span of five years, losing only four matches, twice to Ken Shamrock, once to Frank Shamrock, and once to Masakatsu Funaki. Rutten won the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship 3 times and defended the title two times before vacating the title in 1996.
Following his successful run in Pancrase, Rutten had a brief stint in the UFC, fighting in only three fights for the oganization. It was in his second UFC fight that he fought for the heavyweight title against Kevin Randleman at UFC 20. Rutten received a decision win over Randleman and later vacated the title due to injury.
According to FightMetric statistics, in the 4-hours, 27-minutes and 8-seconds he spent as a pro fighter, Rutten scored 13 knockdowns without getting dropped himself, his significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded, attempted a record 53 submissions and successfully swept his opponents a record 46 times.
Born: 24 February 1965
Nationality: Dutch and American
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 215 lb
Division: Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight,
Style: Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Wrestling
Total Fights – 33
Wins – 28
By knockout -12
By submission – 13
By decision – 3
Losses – 4
By submission – 3
By decision – 1
Draws – 1
Bas Rutten Videos
Rutten vs Smith
Rutten vs Randleman
Rutten vs Warpath
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