Bas Rutten

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Bas Rutten
Bas Rutten.jpg
Rutten in 2009
Born Sebastiaan Rutten
(1965-02-24) 24 February 1965 (age 50)
Tilburg, Netherlands
Other names El Guapo ("The Handsome One")
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Dutch, American[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Style Muay Thai, Kyokushin Karate, Submission Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Los Angeles, California, United States
Trainer Cor Hemmers
Chris Dolman
Masakatsu Funaki
Rank 5th Degree Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate
2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
2nd Degree Black Belt in ShinTai Karate [2]
1st Degree Black belt in Judo
Black belt in Kickboxing
Black belt in Krav Maga
Years active 1993–1999, 2006 (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 16
Wins 14
By knockout 14
Losses 2
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
last updated on: 21 March 2011 (2011-03-21)

Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑs ˈrʏtə(n)]; born 24 February 1965) is a Dutch retired mixed martial artist (MMA), Karate and Taekwondo blackbelt, and Muay Thai kickboxer. He was a 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). Fight Matrix lists Rutten as the third MMA heavyweight lineal champion with the second longest reign in MMA history.[3] FightMextrix also wrote this when Rutten got inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame: "FightMetric, the official statistics provider for the UFC, ran the numbers on Rutten’s career. They back up the Dutchman’s inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame and then some. 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." He is currently the star of Punk Payback on Fuel TV and co-host of Inside MMA on AXS.TV.

As a professional fighter, one of his favorite tactics was the liver shot (both punch and kick), and he popularized its use in MMA.[4][5] Rutten is known for his charisma and has capitalized on his celebrity status 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.

Early life[edit]

Rutten was born in Tilburg, Netherlands. At the age of 6 he developed eczema and severe asthma. Bas' eczema meant he always wore long sleeves, turtle necks and gloves, and his asthma meant he was unable to partake in exercise, and was consequently relatively skinny. He was bullied on a daily basis as a kid.

Bas started training 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; the movie Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee was playing at the local movie theatre. Bas could not get in because the movie was rated 17+, so he and his brother (Sjoerd) snuck into the theatre. After he saw the movie, he took an interest in martial arts.[6] At first, his conservative parents didn't allow him to pursue, but after two years of begging his parents, at age 14, they allowed him to practice Tae Kwon Do. 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. The police showed up at his parent's place, and Rutten was immediately prohibited by his parents from further practicing Tae Kwon Do.

At age 21, he moved out of his parent's house and once again started training Tae Kwon Do. He was committed and eventually earned a 2nd degree black belt. He then began learning Kyokushin Karate, and earned a 2nd degree black belt.[7] Later he received from Jon Bluming an honorary 5th degree black belt after Bluming witnessed him breaking the shin bone of Kazuo Takahashi by way of inverted heel hook.

Fighting career[edit]


At the age of 20 he started competing in Muay Thai kickboxing. He fought 16 times and won the first 14 by knockout, 13 in the first round. He lost his final two fights by TKO.[6]

In perhaps the biggest fight of his kickboxing career, Rutten faced Frank Lobman for the European Muay Thai title on 12 February 1991. Lobman won by TKO in the first round.[8]


Rutten 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 the Netherlands 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 modern mixed martial arts, the organization was the first of its kind, and featured early MMA names Frank Shamrock, Vernon White, Maurice Smith, Ken Shamrock, and Guy Mezger.

Rutten dominated his first two fights in Pancrase, winning each by KO. Rutten's first knockout was so brutal that his opponent Ryushi Yanagisawa (then the #4 ranked fighter in Japan)[citation needed] was carried from the ring and spent 2 days in a hospital. Rutten's striking was so powerful that, according to Frank Shamrock, it often intimidated 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."[9]

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 shoot wrestler Funaki. The training paid off, as Rutten knocked out previously undefeated Minoru Suzuki with a liver shot from his knee. Rutten later said that this win was one of the happiest moments of his life.

Just 20 days later, Rutten faced another steep test, fighting future UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, who was then one of the best Pancrase fighters. Rutten turned in a hard effort but ultimately lost the fight via rear naked choke. Rutten bounced back after the loss to Shamrock with a submission win over Jason DeLucia.

Rutten then participated in one of the biggest events in mixed martial arts history to date, the King of Pancrase Tournament. The winner of this tournament would be crowned the first champion of Pancrase. He was one of the four #1 seeds in the tournament and his first fight was against MMA newcomer (and future UFC champion) Frank Shamrock. Rutten lost a close (and somewhat controversial) decision in a fight considered a large upset, considering Rutten was a #1 seed in the tournament and Shamrock was then unknown and making his MMA debut.

Rutten found a measure of redemption after the upset loss in the first round of the King of Pancrase Tournament by choking out expert grappler and King of Pancrase Tournament Finalist Manabu Yamada in his next fight. With such an impressive showing against the tournament finalist, Rutten then received a rematch and a title shot against tournament winner and then current 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 won 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 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:

Rutten then defended his title against both Frank Shamrock and the last one was against Masakatsu Funaki which he talked about above, and in so doing became a three-time King of Pancrase. In 1996, he relinquished his title to be present for the birth of his second daughter.[6] 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 Rutten did not avenge a loss 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 to fight Shamrock 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 fight Shamrock again even if it was offered to him because of the friendship they developed over the years, and that he could not put his mind and heart into fighting Ken.[11]


In 1998, Rutten signed with the UFC, the biggest MMA promotion in the United States. Rutten entered the UFC with a massive amount of hype; he was undefeated in his last 19 fights and was touted by the organization as the greatest martial artist on the planet.

Rutten was originally scheduled to fight heavyweight champion Randy Couture in a title match for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in his first fight, but Couture had a contract dispute and left the UFC to sign with a different promotion. The title was then stripped from Couture and a tournament of sorts was set up to determine the next champion.

Rutten's first fight in his quest for the UFC belt was against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at UFC 18, which Rutten dramatically won by KO with just a minute left in overtime.

On 7 May 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. The fight went into overtime, with Rutten taking a very close split decision victory to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Judging at that point was not based on the current 10-point must 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 to become the first person to hold a UFC title in two weight classes.[6]

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.[6]

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.[6] 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."[12]

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've got to say thanks to him, (Bas) for helping me out by making me believe in dreams."[13]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On 23 October 2013, The World Series of Fighting announced Rutten as a member of the broadcast team for WSOF events on NBCSN along with Todd Harris.[14]

Post-fight career[edit]

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, "Lights Out" 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".

Rutten competed in Japanese professional wrestling 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.[15]

Rutten has a cameo in the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" on the in-game TV show called "The Men's Room."[16] 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".[17]

He was also featured in WCW vs. the World for the PlayStation, but was named "Thunder Dome" to avoid copyright laws.

On 23 January 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.

In 2009, he appeared in the music video for Listen to Your Friends by the rock band New Found Glory, "fighting" lead vocalist Jordan Pundik.

Currently, he and Rice host Inside MMA, a weekly MMA variety show on AxsTV. The pair also did remote English commentary and play-by-play for Dream events broadcast in North America on HDNet. The pair were 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. He also made a public service announcement against trying out MMA at home but CagePotato ridiculed it for its mixed messages.[18]

Rutten featured in 2012 American sports comedy movie Here Comes the Boom alongside Kevin James and Henry Winkler. Rutten played the role of a former MMA fighter and Dutch immigrant Niko trying to gain US citizenship. In return for his help in gaining citizenship Niko helps train 42-year-old biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) to become a MMA/UFC fighter. The film also features former UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, former Muay Thai kickboxer Mark DellaGrotte along with cameo roles for Bruce Buffer, Chael Sonnen, Jason Miller, Satoshi Ishii, Mark Muñoz, Herb Dean, Wanderlei Silva, and Joe Rogan amongst others.


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.[19]

Rutten is now a part owner of the MMA gym Bas Rutten's Elite Mixed Martial Arts in Thousand Oaks, California. He teaches a MMA class on Tuesdays.[20]

He also trained former street fighter Kimbo Slice for his professional MMA bouts, as well as former Ring of Honor champion and TNA World champion Samoa Joe.

Last fight[edit]

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 22 July 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.

UFC Hall of Fame[edit]

On 22 May 2015 UFC President Dana White appeared on Inside MMA to announce that Rutten would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during International Fight Week in July. Rutten is the first European to be inducted, taking his place in the "Pioneers" wing of the UFC's new look Hall of Fame.[21][22]

Fighting style[edit]

Rutten's main reason of success in Pancrase was his well-rounded fighting style, excelling both in striking and grappling. His stand-up offensive, learned from the Dutch school of muay thai, was aggressive yet deceptively technical.[23] He unbalanced 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 against his attacks.[23] Rutten never developed an effective take down defense, but he was apt in landing strikes while being taken down, having knocked out opponents before they could complete the technique.[23] 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.[23]

On the other hand, Rutten's groundwork was built through a slow evolution and was unusual for being mostly self taught.[24] Initially counting only on defense rudiments from Chris Dolman, he developed his game by observating Pancrase trainings and he came to be a dangerous submission fighter as well. 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 submitted even by high level offensive grapplers like Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Rutten currently lives in Westlake Village, California with his wife Karin and two daughters – Sabine and Bianca who is 11. Rutten also has a daughter from his first wife, her name is Rachele[25]

Rutten is known by the moniker "El Guapo", which means "The Handsome One" in Spanish. Rutten recently became a citizen of the United States.

Rutten is a certified culinary chef.[26]


Rutten has several tattoos, each of which is intended to help him spiritually and emotionally.[27]

Street Fights[edit]

Bas Rutten is known for his legendary bar fights around the world. In particular, a brawl that took place at a bar in Sweden in which he fought several bouncers at the same time.[28] This fight is particularly notorious as it landed Rutten in a Swedish jail.[28]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28–4–1 Ruben Villareal TKO (leg kicks) WFA: King of the Streets 22 July 2006 1 3:24 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 27–4–1 Kevin Randleman Decision (split) UFC 20 7 May 1999 1 21:00 Birmingham, Alabama, United States Won UFC Heavyweight Championship; Later vacated title to drop to lower weight class.
Win 26–4–1 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (punches) UFC 18 8 January 1999 1 14:15 Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 25–4–1 Kengo Watanabe TKO (palm strikes) Pancrase: 1998 Anniversary Show 14 September 1998 1 2:58 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24–4–1 Keiichiro Yamamiya Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Alive 11 20 December 1997 1 4:58 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 23–4–1 Osami Shibuya Submission (neck crank) [31] Pancrase: 1997 Anniversary Show 6 September 1997 1 3:15 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 22–4–1 Takaku Fuke Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Alive 7 30 June 1997 1 4:28 Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan
Win 21–4–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 4 27 April 1997 1 15:00 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Draw 20–4–1 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase: Alive 3 22 March 1997 1 15:00 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 20–4 Manabu Yamada Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Truth 7 8 October 1996 1 0:54 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 19–4 Masakatsu Funaki KO (knee) Pancrase: 1996 Anniversary Show 7 September 1996 1 17:05 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan Defended King of Pancrase title
Win 18–4 Jason DeLucia TKO (palm strike to liver) Pancrase: Truth 6 25 June 1996 1 8:48 Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Win 17–4 Frank Shamrock TKO (doctor stoppage) Pancrase: Truth 5 16 May 1996 1 11:11 Tokyo, Japan Unified and defended King of Pancrase title
Win 16–4 Katsuomi Inagaki TKO (knee to the body) Pancrase: Truth 4 8 April 1996 1 14:07 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–4 Guy Mezger Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Truth 2 2 March 1996 1 19:36 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Win 14–4 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 7 14 December 1995 1 27:35 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Win 13–4 Maurice Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 6 4 November 1995 1 4:34 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 12–4 Minoru Suzuki Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: 1995 Anniversary Show 1 September 1995 1 15:35 Tokyo, Japan Won King of Pancrase title
Win 11–4 Frank Shamrock Decision (split) Pancrase: 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round 23 July 1995 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–4 Jason DeLucia Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 5 13 June 1995 1 1:32 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Win 9–4 Maurice Smith Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 4 13 May 1995 1 2:10 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 8–4 Takaku Fuke Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 3 8 April 1995 1 1:52 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 7–4 Ken Shamrock Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2 10 March 1995 1 1:01 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan For King of Pancrase title
Win 7–3 Manabu Yamada Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 26 January 1995 1 1:05 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 6–3 Frank Shamrock Decision (majority) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round 16 December 1994 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–2 Jason DeLucia Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 5 15 October 1994 1 1:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–2 Ken Shamrock Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 3 26 July 1994 1 16:42 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–1 Minoru Suzuki TKO (knee to the body) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 2 6 July 1994 1 3:43 Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Win 4–1 Kazuo Takahashi TKO (leg fracture) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 1 31 May 1994 1 1:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1 Vernon White Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Pancrash! 3 21 April 1994 1 1:16 Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Loss 2–1 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Pancrash! 1 19 January 1994 1 2:58 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 2–0 Takaku Fuke TKO (knee to the body) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 14 October 1993 1 2:03 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 1–0 Ryushi Yanagisawa KO (palm strike and knee) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 21 September 1993 1 0:43 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan


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)/Niko Bellic (motion-capture fighting double) 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 Lights Out Dokaj (MMA fighter) TV episode: "Bolo Punch"
2011 Zookeeper Sebastian the Wolf (voice) Film
2012 Here Comes the Boom Niko Film
2012 "UFC Undisputed 3" Himself (voice), non playable commentator Video Game
2012 "Punk Payback" Himself TV Series
2012 Myrskyn Ratsastajat Himself TV Documentary
2014 Mercy Rule Coach Film
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Henk Film
2016 EA Sports UFC 2 Himself (playable character) Video Game


  • 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
  • TERA Online" Spokesman" 2012


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Preceded by
Randy Couture
4th UFC Heavyweight Champion
7 May 1999 – 8 June 1999
Rutten retired
Title next held by
Kevin Randleman
Preceded by
Minoru Suzuki
3rd Pancrase Openweight Champion
16 May 1996 – October 1996
Family reasons
Title next held by
Masakatsu Funaki