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Bas Rutten Born Sebastiaan Rutten February 24, 1965 (1965-02-24) (age 45) Tilburg, Netherlands Other names El Guapo ("The Handsome One") Nationality Dutch Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Style Kyokushin Kaikan, Muay Thai, Shoot fighting, Tae Kwon Do Fighting out of Los Angeles, California, United States Rank      2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo      2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin Years active 1985–1999 Mixed martial arts record Total 33 Wins 28 By knockout 12 By submission 13 By decision 3 Losses 4 By submission 3 By decision 1 Draws 1 Other information Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten (born February 24, 1965) is a retired Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). Rutten has beaten many MMA champions over the course of his career, including wins over UFC champions Frank Shamrock, Kevin Randleman, Guy Mezger and Maurice Smith, and wins over King of Pancrase world champions Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. He is currently the co-host of Inside MMA on HDNet. As a fighter, one of his favorite tactics was the liver shot (both punch and kick), and he popularized its use in MMA.[1][2] Rutten is known for his charisma and has capitalized on his celebrity since retiring from fighting in 1999. He has worked as a color commentator in several MMA organizations, including Pride, and has appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and video games. He also coaches MMA and has authored several instructional materials. Contents 1 Early life 2 Fighting career 2.1 Kickboxing 2.2 Pancrase 2.3 UFC 3 Post-fight career 3.1 Coaching 3.2 Last fight 4 Personal life 4.1 Tattoos 5 Championships and accomplishments 6 MMA record 7 Filmography 8 Film and television credits 9 Works 10 References 11 External links // Early life Rutten was born in Tilburg, Netherlands and became interested in martial arts at the age of 11 after watching Enter the Dragon.[3] His conservative parents didn't allow him to pursue it at first. He started to train boxing at the backyard of an elementary school friend. He eventually started to train in Tae Kwon Do. He was very committed and eventually earned a 2nd degree Black Belt. He then began learning Kyokushin Karate, and earned a 2nd degree Black Belt. [4] In high school, he was physically weak and had eczema on his hands for which he was occasionally bullied. Fighting career Kickboxing At the age of 20 he started competing in Thai boxing. He fought 15 times and won the first 14, all by knockout in the first round. He was TKO'd in his final fight.[3] Pancrase Rutten then began his professional mixed martial arts career with the Pancrase organization in Japan. In 1993, Japanese pro wrestlers Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki traveled to Holland to scout fighters for their new "hybrid wrestling" (Bushido wrestling) organization, featuring submission fighting, but with no closed fisted strikes to the face. A precursor to what would become modern mixed martial arts, the organization was the first of its kind, and featured such early MMA names as Frank Shamrock, Vernon White, Maurice Smith, Ken Shamrock, and Guy Mezger. Rutten would go on to dominate his first two fights in Pancrase, winning each fight by KO. Rutten's first knockout was so brutal that his opponent, Ryushi Yanagisawa (who was also the #4 ranked fighter in Japan at that time), had to be carried out of the ring and brought to the hospital in an ambulance where he spent 2 days recovering. Rutten's striking was so powerful that, according to Frank Shamrock, it would often intimidate the other fighters. Frank Shamrock said, "His kickboxing was devastating. It was something everybody feared. The other thing he had was a basic understanding of real fighting...Bas had that street fighter mentality."[5] However, his lack (at that time) of ground-fighting experience led to a loss to the extraordinarily skilled Masakatsu Funaki. Rutten, realizing the importance of ground fighting, went to train with the master catch wrestler Funaki. The training paid off, as Rutten would KO the previously undefeated Minoru Suzuki with a liver shot due to a knee to the liver. Rutten later said that this win was one of the happiest moments of his life. Just 20 days after the biggest win of his career to date, Rutten faced another steep test, fighting future UFC champion Ken Shamrock, who at the time was one of the best fighters in the Pancrase organization. Rutten turned in a hard effort but ultimately lost the fight via rear naked choke. He then lost a controversial split decision to Frank Shamrock in the first round of the King of Pancrase tournament. After impressively choking out expert grappler Manabu Yamada in his next fight, Rutten received a rematch and a title shot against King of Pancrase Ken Shamrock for the King of Pancrase title, but lost early in the fight via submission due to a kneebar. After his second loss to Shamrock, Rutten focused on grappling even harder than before and started training 2 to 3 times a day solely on submissions. Rutten would then go on to win 7 out of his next 8 fights by submission. He put together a series of wins against future UFC champions Frank Shamrock and Maurice Smith and eventually challenged King of Pancrase Minoru Suzuki for the title. Rutten would beat Suzuki for the second time, winning his first King of Pancrase title. After putting his title defenses on hold due to an injury, Rutten returned to the ring and beat interim King of Pancrase Frank Shamrock for the undisputed King of Pancrase title. Rutten then avenged his loss to MMA legend Masakatsu Funaki in 1996 in what is considered to be one of the greatest fights in Pancrase history. Rutten described the war with Funaki in an interview: “ "Before the fight when he came to me, he made that thumb over the neck, throat slashing motion like I was going to go down. I turned to my manager and said, "Okay, now I'm going to kill this guy, you watch". My game plan was to keep the fight going for 15 minutes...Funaki had never fought above 15 minutes. But then, like 12 minutes into it, while I'm still on my knees he kicks me in the head. I block, but for me that was an illegal thing to do. So right away I start, BANG, BANG, BANG, and he goes down. From that moment on, I totally destroyed him. You got to see the fight; it was a massacre. My palms were black from hitting him so hard. He had the gods on his side or something, because he stood up every time. I hit his face back on the mat and you hear it slam into the mat. His nose is all the way to the side, broke, they have to straighten it out. I go, "Oh my God, this guy can take a shot!" I kneed him so hard in the head. He went down four times. But the last knee I gave to him was like everything I had. I grabbed him by the head and kneed him. It was really like a Rocky movie. I'm standing there and I fall backwards, and I'm totally out of breath. I get up and the referee holds my hand up. Then he lets my hand go and I drop again, BOOM! I was exhausted, I gave everything I had; I really wanted to destroy him. I broke his cheekbones and broke his nose, just because he said he was going to kill me. Oh, I was so angry at him. But afterwards, friends again...what a crazy sport this is, huh?" [6] ” Rutten then went on to defend his title against both Jason Delucia and Guy Mezger and in so doing became a three time King of Pancrase. In 1996, he relinquished his title in order to be present for the birth of his second daughter.[3] Rutten returned to Pancrase, taking 8 more victories, bringing his unbeaten streak up to 19 straight fights. Rutten left Pancrase as one of the most dominant fighters in the history of the organization. MMA legend Ken Shamrock was the only fighter in Rutten's career which did not avenge his losses to. In 2000, when Rutten was PRIDE FC's color commentator, a third fight with Shamrock was entertained. Rutten agreed to come out of retirement if it would be against Shamrock in a fight in PRIDE FC. However, Shamrock stated that he already beat Rutten twice and that a third time wasn't necessary. Later, in 2002, Rutten said that he would not want to fight Shamrock again even if it was offered to him because of the friendship they developed over the years, and that he would not be able to put his mind and heart into fighting Ken.[7] UFC In 1998, Rutten signed with the UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the United States. His first fight in the UFC was against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at UFC 18, which Rutten won by KO in overtime. On May 5, 1999, at UFC 20, Rutten faced Kevin Randleman for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. The first four minutes consisted of Rutten taking a lot of punishment from his guard. However, after the fight was stood up to check Rutten's cut, Rutten landed a devastating liver kick to Randleman's body to turn the tide of the fight. Randleman's pace slowed down considerably after the liver kick, which ultimately helped Rutten score judges' points by being the more active fighter. Rutten pounded away at Randleman from inside his guard, using elbow strikes to open up cuts on top of Randleman's head and punching Randleman to the face. This fight went into overtime, with Rutten taking a split decision victory to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Judging at that point was not based on the current 10 points per round system, but who the judges felt won the fight overall. Rutten vacated the title later in the year, in order to drop down to middleweight (now known as light heavyweight) a weight closer to his natural weight, in a bid to try and become the first person to hold a UFC title in two weight classes.[3] While training for his next UFC fight in 1999, Rutten suffered multiple serious injuries, including blowing out his knee (a long running injury), tearing his biceps, and suffering a neck injury. He was forced to retire from MMA competition for the time being, by doctors orders.[3] During his MMA career he became known for two particular things: his fondness of liver shots and his habit of doing a jumping split after winning a fight.[3] Rutten talked about the origins of the "Rutten Jump" on his website: "When I won my first fight in Pancrase, I was so hyped that I jumped up in the splits to each side of the ring. Why? I don't know. But, it became my trademark and I had to do it after every fight that I won."[8] Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has credited Rutten for inspiration during his early days. Ortiz said; "I looked up to Bas Rutten. Bas was my idol. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man. I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he does then one day I'll be as good as him and two years later look where I am, I'm on top of the world. I'm got to say thanks to him, (Bas) for helping me out by making me believe in dreams."[9] Post-fight career After his retirement from fighting in 1999, Rutten focused on becoming an actor, getting small parts on TV shows such as Martial Law, 18 Wheels of Justice, The King of Queens, and the Canadian series Freedom, as well as appearing in low budget movies such as Shadow Fury, The Eliminator, and the comedy short The Kingdom of Ultimate Power which was featured in the 2005 L.A. Film Festival. It also won the first prize at the short film festival in NY for "best comedy". The Eliminator, 2004 Rutten performed a few times for NJPW from 2000 to 2002, including an IWGP title match against Yuji Nagata. Rutten was also the color commentator for the English productions of Pride Fighting Championships events, calling nearly every event from Pride 1 through the 2005 Grand Prix. Known for his sense of humor and first hand knowledge of the sport, Rutten quickly became a fan favorite commentator. In April 2006 he announced that he would not continue to announce for Pride, due to the constant flying to Japan, and being away from his family every month.[10] Rutten has a cameo in the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" on the in-game TV show called "The Men's Room."[11] He also did motion capture for the main character's fighting moves. He said that when he arrived at the motion-capture place in New York he asked the people in charge how violent they wanted to have it and they told him to "give it all he got". After two hours they stopped him and said, "It's OK, you don't have to go any further".[12] He was also featured in WCW vs. the World for the PlayStation, but was named "Thunder Dome" to avoid copyright laws. On January 23, 2008, he was announced as the new Vice President, Fighter Operations reporting directly to IFL CEO Jay Larkin. His role was to build relations between the IFL and its fighters as well as work on potential match-ups between fighters. He also hosted the weekly shows "Battleground" and "International Fight League" with Kenny Rice. This all ended when IFL went out of business in late 2008. Currently, he and Rice host Inside MMA, a weekly MMA variety show on HDNet. The pair also did remote English commentary and play-by-play for Dream events broadcast in North America on HDNet. The pair was eventually replaced by Guy Mezger and Michael Schiavello, who attend the events live in Japan. He is currently appearing in public health service ads, airing on Cartoon Network. Coaching He is certified as an instructor of both MTBN Thai Boxing and Pancrase. Rutten coached Mark Kerr during the filming of the HBO documentary The Smashing Machine. In 2006 Rutten was tapped to coach a team for the International Fight League, an MMA organization that focused on team combat. His team, the Anacondas, defeated the Silverbacks 3–2. Rutten is a former investor in the Legends MMA gym in Hollywood and used to teach there occasionally.[13] Rutten is now a part owner of the MMA gym Bas Rutten's Elite Mixed Martial Arts in Thousand Oaks, California. He teaches an MMA class on Tuesdays.[14] He also trained former street fighter Kimbo Slice for his professional MMA bouts, as well as former Ring of Honor champion and NWA-TNA World champion Samoa Joe. Last fight On May 2006, Rutten announced his return to MMA competition. Cleared by doctors to fight again, Rutten was slated to face Kimo Leopoldo in the now defunct World Fighting Alliance on July 22, 2006, at The Forum in Los Angeles. Two days before the event, Kimo tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. In place of Kimo, Rutten fought Ruben "Warpath" Villareal. Rutten took a first-round victory by way of technical knockout after low kicks left his opponent unable to stand. With that he brought up his professional record to 28 wins 4 losses and 1 draw. Personal life Rutten currently lives in Westlake Village, California with his second wife Karin and two daughters, Sabine (pronounced Sa-bee-nuh) and Bianca. He has another daughter, Rachel (pronounced Rah-SHEL-UH), who lives with his ex-wife in The Netherlands.[15] Rutten is known by the moniker "El Guapo", which means "The Handsome One" in Spanish. Rutten recently became a citizen of the United States. Tattoos Rutten has several tattoos, each of which is intended to help him spiritually and emotionally:[16] “ Everything has a meaning to me. I've got a symbol for the Year of the Snake, all these tattoos on the side of my knees and elbows are all to calm me down. I really believe in those kinds of spirits. I have my daughters' names on my wrists. In my right palm I have a qi or chi symbol which means life energy—and after I put that one on, I never lost a fight. Since [for some reason] I thought I was going to die soon, I put xiao on the other one, which means "long life." On my forearm I have a really cool samurai logo that I put on in a special place in Japan. It stands for "family." On my left arm is the sign of a Buddhist who protects all the people born in the Year of the Snake. A long time ago I put furoshin on my hand and that means "A spirit of unshakable calmness." So whatever stressful situation I get in, it helps me keep focused and relaxed. ” Championships and accomplishments Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling King of Pancrase Openweight Championship (1 Time) Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC Heavyweight Championship (1 Time) MMA record Professional record breakdown 33 matches 28 wins 4 losses By knockout 12 0 By submission 13 3 By decision 3 1 Draws 1 Result Record Opponent Event Date Method Round Time Location Notes Win 28–4–1 Ruben Villareal TKO (Leg Kicks) WFA – King of the Streets 2006-07-22 1, 3:24 Win 27–4–1 Kevin Randleman Decision (Split) UFC 20 – Battle for the Gold 1999-05-07 1, 21:00 Wins UFC Heavyweight Championship and retires due to injury. Win 26–4–1 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka KO (Strikes) UFC 18: The Road to the Heavyweight Title 1999-01-08 1, 14:15 UFC Debut Win 25–4–1 Kengo Watanabe TKO (Lost Points) Pancrase – 1998 Anniversary Show 1998-09-14 1, 2:58 Win 24–4–1 Keiichiro Yamamiya Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Alive 11 1997-12-20 1, 4:58 Win 23–4–1 Osami Shibuya Submission (Neck Crank) Pancrase – 1997 Anniversary Show 1997-09-06 1, 3:15 Win 22–4–1 Takaku Fuke Submission (Armbar) Pancrase – Alive 7 1997-06-30 1, 4:28 Win 21–4–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (Lost Points) Pancrase – Alive 4 1997-04-27 1, 15:00 Draw 20–4–1 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase – Alive 3 1997-03-22 1, 15:00 Win 20–4 Manabu Yamada Submission (Toe Hold) Pancrase – Truth 7 1996-10-08 1, 0:54 Win 19–4 Masakatsu Funaki TKO (Lost Points) Pancrase – 1996 Anniversary Show 1996-09-07 1, 17:05 Win 18–4 Jason Delucia TKO (Liver Shot)[1] Pancrase-Truth 6 1996-06-25 1, 8:48 Win 17–4 Frank Shamrock TKO (Cut) Pancrase – Truth 5 1996-05-16 1, 11:11 Win 16–4 Katsuomi Inagaki TKO Pancrase – Truth 4 1996-04-08 1, 14:07 Win 15–4 Guy Mezger Submission (Heel Hook) Pancrase – Truth 2 1996-03-02 1, 19:36 Win 14–4 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission (Choke) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 7 1995-12-14 1, 27:35 Win 13–4 Maurice Smith Submission (Choke) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 6 1995-11-04 1, 4:34 Win 12–4 Minoru Suzuki Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – 1995 Anniversary Show 1995-09-01 1, 15:35 Won King of Pancrase title Win 11–4 Frank Shamrock Decision (Split) Pancrase – 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 1995-07-23 1, 15:00 Win 10–4 Jason Delucia Submission (Toe Hold) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 5 1995-06-13 1, 1:32 Win 9–4 Maurice Smith Submission (Kneebar) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 4 1995-05-13 1, 2:10 Win 8–4 Takaku Fuke Submission (Heel Hook) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 3 1995-04-08 1, 1:52 Loss 7–4 Ken Shamrock Submission (Kneebar) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 2 1995-03-10 1, 1:01 For King of Pancrase Title Win 7–3 Manabu Yamada Submission (Side Choke) Pancrase – Eyes Of Beast 1 1995-01-26 1, 1:05 Loss 6–3 Frank Shamrock Decision (Majority) Pancrase – King of Pancrase Tournament, Round 1 1994-12-16 1, 10:00 Win 6–2 Jason Delucia Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – Road To The Championship 5 1994-10-15 1, 1:43 Loss 5–2 Ken Shamrock Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Road To The Championship 3 1994-07-26 1, 16:42 Win 5–1 Minoru Suzuki TKO (Knee to the liver) Pancrase – Road To The Championship 2 1994-07-06 1, 3:43 Win 4–1 Yoshiki Takahashi TKO (Broken Shin) Pancrase – Road To The Championship 1 1994-05-31 1, 1:37 Win 3–1 Vernon White Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – Pancrash! 3 1994-04-21 1, 1:16 Loss 2–1 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (Toehold) Pancrase – Pancrash! 1 1994-01-19 1, 2:58 Win 2–0 Takaku Fuke TKO (Knee to the liver) Pancrase - Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 1993-10-14 1, 2:03 Win 1–0 Ryushi Yanagisawa KO Pancrase - Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 1993-09-21 1, 0:43 Filmography Shadow of the Dragon (1992) Shadow Fury (2001) The Smashing Machine (documentary) (2002) The Eliminator (2004) The Vault (2005) The Kingdom of Ultimate Power (2005) Backlash (2006) Potent (documentary) (2008) Never Back Down (Special Features) (2008) Sinners & Saints (2009) Paul Blart Mall Cop (2009) Film and television credits Year Title Role Notes 1992 Shadow of the Dragon Kismet Film 1999 Martial Law Roman Van Reit TV Episode: "Nitro Man" 2000 Freedom The Bad Guy TV Episode: "Lonewolf" 2000 The King of Queens Emil TV Episode: "Party Favors" 2001 Shadow Fury Kismet (Adult) Film 2002 The Smashing Machine Himself Documentary 2002 Modern Warriors Himself Documentary 2002 NJPW Samurai TV Himself TV series 2004 The Eliminator Dakota Varley Film 2005 The Vault General Matos Film 2005 The King of Queens Niles TV Episode: "Deconstructing Carrie" 2005 The Kingdom of Ultimate Power Vlad Rifka Short 2006 IFL: International Fight League Announcer TV series 2006 Backlash Grazer Film 2007 Fight Science Himself TV Documentary 2007 The Modern Warrior Himself TV Documentary 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Himself (voice) Video Game 2008 Fight Science Himself TV Episode: "Fighting Back" 2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Drill Instructor Film 2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Himself (voice) Video Game 2010 EA MMA Himself (voice) Video Game 2010 Sinners & Saints Dekker Film 2011 Zookeeper (voice) Film Works Bas Rutten's Big Book of Combat, Volumes One and Two (2002) Bas Rutten's Big DVDs of Combat Bas Rutten's Lethal Street Fighting (2003) Bas Rutten's MMA Workout (2001) Bas Rutten's Superior Free Fight Techniques Bas Rutten's "Extreme Pancrase" No-Holds Barred Fighting System Training with Bas Rutten "Never Back Down Special Features" 2008 References ^ a b The 10 Best Signature Moves in MMA. Bas Rutten's liver shot is #1. ^ The Origin of Bas Rutten's Love of the Liver Shot? ^ a b c d e f Official biography ^ "Bas Rutten". PANCRASE Official Site. http://www.pancrase.co.jp/data/prfl-e/rutten.html. Retrieved 2010-11-20. (Japanese) ^ The overlooked origins of mixed martial arts: Part II. KocoSports.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-15. ^ T NATION | MMA Legend Bas Rutten. Tmuscle.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-15. ^ [1][dead link] ^ FAQ: The Home of Bas Rutten. Wednesday, 3 November 2004 ^ Tito Ortiz interview by Pooch : Submission Fighting UK Interviews. Web.archive.org (2001-05-01). Retrieved on 2010-11-15. ^ Bas Rutten exposes Gary "Jerry" Millen ^ GTA4: Rutten is hilarious ^ Bas in GTA4 ^ Legends Gym: Bright Lights, Big City ^ Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym ^ Who's the Bas? ^ Bas Rutten: Exclusive Interview in Black Belt Magazine External links Official website Bas Rutten commercial Professional MMA record for Bas Rutten from Sherdog Bas Rutten at the Internet Movie Database Inside MMA at the HDNet website Move It Movement Tour ad on Cartoon Network Preceded by Randy Couture 4th UFC Heavyweight Champion May 7, 1999 – June 8, 1999 Vacant Rutten retired Title next held by Kevin Randleman Preceded by Minoru Suzuki 3rd Pancrase Openweight Champion May 16, 1996 – October 1996 Vacant Family reasons Title next held by Masakatsu Funaki Persondata Name Rutten, Bas Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1965-02-24 Place of birth Tilburg, Netherlands Date of death Place of death