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 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.

He has since appeared in more than two dozen films and television shows (including The Bas Rutten Experiment), and contributes regularly to Champions' section.

Continue below for an extended look into some of the best of Bas Rutten.

Bas Rutten Fighter Blogs:

Secret Moves MMA
Secret Moves MMA

Bas Rutten UFC Breakdowns:

Secret Moves MMA
Secret Moves MMA

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"

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