“It’s very hard to control your emotions. But if you control your emotions, you’re going to win the fight.”— Bas Rutten
Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten (@BasRuttenMMA) is a Dutch-American actor, former mixed martial artist, kickboxer, and professional wrestler. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion and a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, finishing his career on a 22-fight unbeaten streak with a strike accuracy of 70.6%, the highest ever recorded by FightMetric.
Rutten was co-host of Inside MMA on AXS TV from 2007 to 2016, and he has been a color commentator in several MMA organizations, including Pride Fighting Championships. He has appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and video games as an actor and continues to be involved in MMA through his coaching and publishing of instructional materials. Bas became a naturalized American citizen in the late 1990s, and in 2015 he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
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SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with Bas Rutten:
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
- A Powerful Breathing Exerciser | The O2 Lung Trainer
- Bas and Amir’s Seven Skills to Save Your Life | Krav Maga Worldwide Academy
- Shooto | Wikipedia
- Universal Wrestling Federation | Wikipedia
- Hybrid Wrestling | Pancrase
- Why Is Dutch Kickboxing So Famed Among Martial Artists? | Quora
- Eczema Causes, Triggers, and Symptoms | National Eczema Association
- Asthma | CDC
- Enter the Dragon | Prime Video
- Taekwondo | Wikipedia
- Muay Thai | Wikipedia
- Six Million Dollar Man: Dark Side of the Moon | NBC
- Nunchaku – Wikipedia
- How to Pick the Right Nunchaku For You | Century Martial Arts
- Kung Fu Shoes | Amazon
- Bass Rutten vs. Frank Lobman | YouTube
- RINGS Holland Fighting Network
- Bas Rutten vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa | YouTube
- Bas Rutten Jump | Facebook
- Inside MMA | Wikipedia
- Here Are the Five Leg Locks You Need to Know | Evolve MMA
- Global Fighting Championship | Wikipedia
- Bas “El Guapo” Rutten MMA Stats | Sherdog
- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
- Five Best Kneebar Submissions in the UFC | Sportskeeda
- Bas Rutten vs. Minoru Suzuki | YouTube
- Bas Rutten vs. Masakatsu Funaki | YouTube
- How to Do a Toe Hold | MMA Submissions
- Bas Rutten vs. Masakatsu Funaki (Rematch) | YouTube
- Cabbage Patch Kids
- The Karate Kid | Prime Video
- Bas Rutten vs. Osami Shibuya | YouTube
- Bas Rutten vs. Osami Shibuya (Rematch) | YouTube
- Bas Rutten vs. Yoshiki Takahashi | YouTube
- How to Do an Inverted Heel Hook in BJJ | HowTheyPlay
- Sex, Drugs, Gangsters, and MMA: Remembering Pride, UFC’s Wild Predecessor | Bleacher Report
- Saitama Super Arena | Tamaari Town
- The Ultimate Fighter | UFC
- The Bob Sapp Story: A Former Bear’s Rise to Japanese Stardom | Yahoo! News
- Mirko Cro Cop Punks Mauro Ranallo | YouTube
- The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr | IMDb
- Bob Sapp vs. Mirko Cro Cop | YouTube
- Ramon Dekker’s Greatest Hits | YouTube
- The 10 Most Insane Acts of Violence in Kickboxing History | Cracked
- Amir Perets: Krav Maga “Victim to Victor” Video Clip | YouTube
- Situational Awareness with Bas Rutten and Amir Perets! | YouTube
- Krav Maga Worldwide
- Bas Rutten’s “Lethal Street Fighting” Self-Defense System | Amazon
- Kickbox Champ Chases Down Driver, Winds up Shot to Death | SFGATE
- Grand Theft Auto IV | Rockstar Games
- The Men’s Room with Bas and Jeremy | YouTube
- The Men’s Room with Bas and Jeremy 2 | YouTube
- The Faith of a Fighter: An Interview with MMA Legend Bas Rutten | Catholic Exchange
- Why the Devil Hates Latin | National Catholic Register
- How to Pray the Rosary | Rosary Center & Confraternity
- Atrophied Arm | Bas Rutten, Facebook
- Spy Bar (Stockholm): All You Need to Know Before You Go | Trip Advisor
- Bas’ Swedish Bar Fight Animated | Paul Klawiter
- 10 Infamous UFC Bar Fights | What Culture
- Respiratory Muscle Training | Physiopedia
- Research Supporting Benefits of Inspiratory Muscle Training | The O2 Lung Trainer
- The Breathing Class | Dr. Belisa Vranich
- Helping the World Breathe Better | The Breathing IQ
- BAS Body Action System
- UFC Fighter Drinks His Own Urine | CBS News
- Is Drinking Urine Good for You? | Healthline
- [08:20] My first exposure to the unbridled might of Bas Rutten.
- [10:03] Why is there such a strong martial arts tradition in the Netherlands?
- [12:28] Breathlessness, Bruce Lee, bullies, and birds: a glimpse into Bas’s childhood.
- [20:10] Why Bas walked out on a culinary career path and gave up modeling.
- [23:28] How Pancrase entered the picture.
- [33:08] Pancrase rules.
- [35:47] Why Ken Shamrock is known as Wayne Shamrock in Japan.
- [36:11] On fighting Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki.
- [41:43] Underrated Japanese fighters.
- [44:03] Remembering Pride, UFC’s Japanese predecessor.
- [48:52] Pranks.
- [54:17] Absolute monsters.
- [57:44] Self-defense for beginners and bouncers.
- [1:15:33] Why even professional fighters shouldn’t start street fights.
- [1:17:15] Grand Theft Auto IV.
- [1:19:28] Now a devout Catholic, Bas explains how the rosary is like meditation.
- [1:32:06] Who picks fights with Bas Rutten these days?
- [1:34:19] That time Bas got into a bar fight with five bouncers in Sweden.
- [1:41:00] Re-learning how to breathe with the O2 Trainer.
- [2:09:12] Parting thoughts.
MORE BAS RUTTEN QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW
“It’s very hard to control your emotions. But if you control your emotions, you’re going to win the fight.”
— Bas Rutten
“I like to see myself as a sheepdog. You’ve got wolves, you’ve got sheep, and you’ve got the sheepdogs to protect the sheep from the wolves.”
— Bas Rutten
“It’s better to have a skill and don’t need it than to need a skill and don’t have it.”
— Bas Rutten
“That’s the problem in this whole society right now. We think that pleasure is the same as being happy. It’s not. You’re just feeding your pleasures, your vices.”
— Bas Rutten
“I want to be a man who can overcome his weaknesses, vices, and imperfections. A man who’s not a slave to his passions and desires, but a real man who’s in control of himself.”
— Bas Rutten
- Satoru Sayama
- Masakatsu Funaki
- Peter Aerts
- Ernesto Hoost
- Ramon Dekkers
- Jan Plas
- Johan Vos
- Rob Kaman
- Coban Lookchaomaesaitong
- Bruce Lee
- Bas’ Mom
- Bas’ Dad
- St. Francis of Assisi
- Steve Austin
- Frank Lobman
- Chris Dolman
- Minoru Suzuki
- Karin Rutten
- Evan Tanner
- Ken Shamrock
- Frank Shamrock
- Maurice Smith
- Guy Mezger
- Freddy Krueger
- Pat Morita
- Yuki Kondo
- Riku Shibuya
- Kazuo Takahashi
- Jon Bluming
- Bob Sapp
- Mirko Cro Cop
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Antônio Rogério Nogueira
- Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Wanderlei Silva
- Quinton Jackson
- Dana White
- Chuck Liddell
- Kazushi Sakuraba
- Mauro Ranallo
- Stephen Quadros
- Ron Waterman
- Mark Coleman
- Mark Kerr
- Amir Perets
- Alex Gong
- Harry Potter
- Lyoto Machida
- Usain Bolt
- Belisa Vranich
- Darth Vader
- Joey Diaz
- Tony Ferguson
- Homer Simpson
- Stig Severinsen
- Wim Hof
- Stanislav Grof
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Another fantastic podcast episode. Cheers Tim!
Is it possible to get the name of the sales book that Bas mentioned? I thought it might be in the show notes [hence my laziness]. Would be appreciated.
I’m 99% sure it’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by OG Mandino
Bas’ storytelling chops are still there! I’m still mesmerized by his stories even if I get lost in some of the details. Thank you Tim! It’s been more than half a decade since I’ve last heard anything from Bas and I’m glad he’s in good health and even better spirits judging by the fun you guys had in this podcast.
Fascinating interview. Intelligent, down to earth, worldly and inspirational. I could have listened for days and dug further into all the details. Thank you both.