When Germaine de Randamie won the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 she became just the 2nd Dutch fighter ever to wear UFC gold. The first was UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten.
On May 7, 1999, Bas defeated the late Kevin Randleman to win the UFC heavyweight championship. He would have one more fight after a 7-year layoff before retiring from mixed martial arts. Bas has had one of the greatest fighting and post-fight careers we have ever seen.
Today is Bas’ 52nd birthday, and we here at MikeSwick.com would like to take a moment to honor “El Guapo” for all that he has done, and continues to do for the sport.
We could literally sit here for hours and write a book on the career of Bas Rutten and all of his accomplishments. But what better way to hear about the life and career of Bas than from the man himself?
Here now is Bas Rutten in his own words, along with a few other gems to enjoy:
Bas Rutten’s career highlights:
3x King of Pancrase
UFC Heavyweight Champion
2015 UFC Hall of Fame inductee
FightMetric had this to say upon Bas entering 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.”
Congratulations on a lifetime of accomplishments, Bas. From everyone here at MikeSwick.com – Happy Birthday, Godspeed, and party on!!