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MMA Hall of Fame: Bas Rutten

Written on April 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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El Guapo, Bas Rutten, makes his way to Fighting Insider's MMA Hall of Fame this week.

MMA legend, Bas Rutten, was born on February 24, 1965 in Tilburg, Netherlands. At the age of 11, he became interested in mixed martial arts after watching Enter the Dragon. Though his parents would disprove it, Bas Rutten started to train boxing at an elementary school’s backyard with his friend. Eventually, he trained in Tae Kwon Do and earned his 2nd degree Black Belt. Following that, Bas Rutten began learning Kyokushin Karate and earned a 2nd degree Black Belt.

Bas Rutten started competing in Muay Thai Kickboxing at the age of 20. He fought 16 times, and won his first 14 matches by knock out. Unfortunately, he loss his last two fights via technical knockout. After that, he started his mixed martial arts career in Pancrase where he became King of Pancrase thrice.

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Frankie Edgar Favors MMA Overtime

Written on March 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"You go into a fight, you prepare, and you want a decisive outcome. To have to wait another three months and possibly another fight is kind of annoying." --- Frankie Edgar, UFC lightweight champion

January and February 2011 brought two high-profile draws, the UFC 125: Edgar vs Maynard and UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch. Both fight graced a slew of controversy and left their respective division in confusion. Stating the fight as a “draw” frustrates the fans and the fighters, and can even cause disorientation than resolution. But can the governing bodies of MMA find some way to improve the current system?

Bas Rutten thinks so. Bas Rutten, MMA legend and HDNet’s “Inside MMA” show host, addressed a viewer’s e-mail that suggests an overtime round. The overtime round can resolve high-profile bouts like title fights and No. 1 contender matches. Aside from the host, Frankie Edgar also supported the idea.

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