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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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