MMA pioneer Bas Rutten was fighting in mixed martial arts competitions even before the UFC was founded.
A native of Holland, Bas made his MMA debut in 1993, in Japan's #Pancrase organization, before hoisting the UFC heavyweight title in 1999.
Equally skilled in submission fighting and striking, Bas made the liver kick famous, bringing added attention to body work inside the cage.
Bas would go on to finish his career with a 22-fight unbeaten streak that spanned 11 years, and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015.
Continue below for an extended look into some of the best of Bas Rutten.
Bas Rutten Fighter Blogs:
- Why You Never Start a Fist Fight with an MMA Champion (on Christmas)
- How to Gameplan for an Opponent
- Benefits of the Open Stance: How to Implement it in Your Standup Game and Why It's Important
- Fighters Looking to Break into Acting: Please Don’t Think You Can Act
- El Guapo's Tips for Safer Training
- Ronda Rousey Should Look into Training with Duane Ludwig
- The Underutilized Body Shot: Why More Fighters Need to Stop Headhunting
- An El Guapo Christmas with Technique Tips for Dealing with Drunken Guests
Bas Rutten UFC Breakdowns:
- Why Eddie Alvarez Will Beat Conor McGregor at UFC 205
- Nunes vs. Rousey: Formulas for Victory
- El Guapo’s UFC: London Main Event Breakdown
- Belfort vs. Gastelum: Battle for Southpaw Supremacy
- Woodley vs. Thompson 2: 'El Guapo' Breaks Down the UFC 209 Main Event
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Chan Sung Jung: Keep Them Guessing
- The Mechanics of Pena vs. Shevchenko
Bas Rutten Career Statistics:
- Record: 28-4-1
- 12 KO/TKO
- 13 submissions
- One-time UFC Heavyweight Champion
- 2015 UFC Hall of Fame inductee
- Nickname: "El Guapo"
This article appears as part of #TheChampionsGuide.