For fans of mixed martial arts, Bas Rutten needs no introduction. Best described as one of the founding fathers of MMA, he is a legendary mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, and kickboxer who, after his retirement from martial arts as an actor, is making waves in show business. He won many fights in the ring, including the King of Pancrase World Championship (three times) and the UFC Heavy Championship (once). While his robust career continued, he won a total of 21 fights and drew a draw, sealing his career with an impressive record. The iconic fighter is also known among wrestling audiences for his versatile style, aggressive attack, and devastating punches – not to mention his charisma and showmanship.
In the run-up to his film career, Rutten has appeared in a number of movies, television shows, and series. In addition to his appearances in films such as “Shadow of the Dragon”, “Shadow Fury”, “The Eliminator”, “Backslash” and several others, he has also starred in a number of video games, the most notable of which are WCW Vs World, Grand Theft Auto IV and EA Sports UFC 2.
Bas Rutten’s Bio
Although he is known inside and outside the ring as Bas Rutten, retired wrestler Sebastiaan Rutten was born on February 24, 1965, in Tilburg, the Netherlands. At an early age, Bas developed severe asthma and terrible eczema, which made him thin and forced him to wear turtlenecks, long sleeves, and gloves. He was constantly bullied as a child until he began to train himself in boxing and martial arts. At the age of 12, he developed a strong interest in this sport after watching the movie Enter The Dragon with his brother in a cinema in 1973 while his family was on vacation in France.
At first, his parents refused to allow him to practice martial arts, but they changed their mind after two years, only allowing him to practice Taekwondo. Bas was fourteen years old at that time. A few months after practicing, he got into a street fight with a rival who was harassing people. In the course of the fight, the now confident Rutten broke his nose and knocked him out with a fist punch. After that, the police showed up at his home and he was subsequently banned from further practicing martial arts.
Bas, however, returned to taekwondo training after he moved out of his parents’ home at the age of 21 and earned a second-degree black belt and then a second-degree black belt in Kyokushin karate.
The Dutch-American former kickboxer has a brother named Sjoerd Rutten. With regard to his educational qualifications, there is no record of his academic career and educational achievements.
Rutten was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2015 for achieving a significant 70.6% accuracy as a professional fighter (the highest FightMetric ever recorded), scoring 13 knockdowns without going down himself, defeating his rivals 46 times, and attempting a record 53 submissions.
What’s His Net Worth?
There is no doubt that Bas Rutten has made a name for himself and made a fortune inside and outside the ring. Since he retired from fighting in 1999, he has invested his time and effort in many other efforts that have been very rewarding. In addition to his appearances in numerous television movies, video games, and shows, Bas Rutten has written several educational materials about MMA and has served as a color commentator in many MMA organizations. He is a coach of MMA and was co-host of Inside MMA on AXS TV from 2007 to 2016.
Family – Wife, Daughter
The retired professional MMA is happily married to Karin Rutten, with whom he shares two lovely daughters – Bianca Rutten and Sabine Rutten. The couple met on May 25, 1992, and officially said “I do” on December 2, 2002. He also has a daughter named Rachele Rutten, who comes from his relationship with his first wife. Rachele gave him his first grandchild, a son, in 2015. The actor currently lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.
Height and Body Features
The UFC heavyweight champion in wrestling is 1.85 meters tall and weighs 98 kilograms: “The handsome one,” as he is affectionately known, has a pair of brown eyes and a smooth, hairless scalp – in other words, he is bald. Information about his other body characteristics is not readily available.