Bas “El Guapo” Rutten is a professional Mixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer, TV Celebrity and Podcaster
Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, he competed in MMA as a Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight.
With 13 years of fighting experience he has won 2 titles in MMA.
Bas was born on February 24, 1965 and he is originally from Tilburg, Netherlands.
Bas became interested in martial arts after watching Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. At first his parents did not want him to learn martial arts. Then after a couple of years, he convinced his parents and he started his training in Taekwondo at age 14, . Soon after Bas got into a street fight and broke his opponent’s nose, his parents then forbid him to train. Because of his love of combat sports, Bas then stared training in boxing with his friend despite his parents wishes.
When he turned 21, Bas continued his training in Taekwondo. and eventually earned a 2nd degree black belt. Also, he began training in Kyokushin Karate where he eventually earned a 5th degree black belt in that system of striking as well.
As for his professional career, Bas began as a Kickboxer and had a total of 16 fights in Muay Thai Kickboxing. In Kickboxing he had 14 wins (all came via KO) and 2 losses.
In his last kickboxing fight on February 12, 1991 he fought Frank Lobman. Bas lost to Frank via first round technical knockout and failed to gain The European Muay Thai Championship.
Pancrase & MMA Years:
After more than two years, Bas made a transition to MMA and successfully made his debut when he knocked out Ryūshi Yanagisawa in Pancrase on September 21, 1993.
After this first initial win in Pancrase win, he had 7 wins and 4 losses in the span of a year and half.
In those losses, he lost:
- First to the hand of Masakatsu Funaki via Toe Hold
- Ken Shamrock via Rear Naked Choke
- Frank Shamrock by Majority Decision
- and for the second time he lost to Ken Shamrock via Knee Bar (This was a King of Pancrase Title Fight)
After his second lost to Ken Shamrock he went undefeated with 21 wins with 1 loss until he retired from Pancrase. In those wins:
He beat many UFC veterans in the Pancrase Organization in Japan:
- He defeated Lions Den Fighter Jason DeLucia twice, once with a Heel Hook Submission and the other time with Brutal Body Shots.
- He defeated Lions Den Fighter and UFC 13 Lightweight Tournament Winner Guy Mezger via Ankle Lock.
- He defeated The Alliance team member and Former UFC heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith. The both times he fought him, he won with submissions. The first time with a Kneebar and then with a Rear Naked Choke.
He defeated The Alliance team member UFC Middleweight Champion (later renamed the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship) Frank Shamrock for the Unified Pancrase title via TKO through a cut.
He beat many popular fighters from Pancrase:
- He defeated Manabu Yamada via TKO (Palm Strikes)
- He defeated Takaku Fuke via Heel Hook Submisson
- He Brutally destroyed Masakatsu Funaki with Knees
- Bas beat Minoru Suzuki for the King of Pancrase Championship via guillotine choke
Eventually he made his UFC Debut on January 08, 1999 and got a TKO against Tsuyoshi Kosaka. Five months later he received a title shot against the Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman. He won by split decision to earn the UFC Heavyweight title.
On July 22, 2006, Bas fought his last MMA fight and beat Ruben Villareal via leg kicks in WFA: King of the Streets.
He ended his MMA/Pancrase career with 28 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw.
Bas was an orthodox fighter who was very well-rounded. When he was still fighting, he trained under Cor Hemmers. In his MMA wins, 12 came in the way of knockouts, 13 by submissions and 3 via decisions
Outside of MMA and Kickboxing
Bas Rutten can be seen in various movies, TV shows, documentary, video games and martial arts fitness and self-defense DVDs. Among of those is Shadow of the Dragon, Modern Warriors, Here Comes the Boom, Fight Science and Backlash to name a few.
He currently is the co-host of Inside MMA, and hosts a podcast with Mauro Ranallo called “Rutten & Ranallo” available on iTunes.