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Sebastiaan Rutten was born on the 24th February 1965, in Tilburg, The Netherlands and is a former mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and kickboxer. Bas Rutten – or “El Guapo” which is his nickname meaning “The Handsome” – is most famous as the former Ultimate Fighting Heavyweight Champion as well as a three-time King of Pancrase World Championship. He is also versed in Tae Kwon Do, Thai boxing, Kyokushin Karate and Krav Maga. Bas Rutten is the founder of “The Bas Rutten System”, as well as an author of several martial arts books and tutorials. Currently, Bas serves as the co-host of AXS.TV’s “Inside MMA” live magazine.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this former heavy weight fighter has accumulated so far? How rich Bas Rutten is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Bas Rutten’s net worth, as of late 2016, is $10 million. It has been initially based om his professional fighting career which was active between 1993 and 1999.
Bas Rutten Net Worth $10 million
Bas Rutten’s love towards mixed martial arts dates back to the age of 14 when he began practicing Tae Kwon Do. Despite asthma, skin decease and rheumatism which he faced at the early age of six, Bas got his black belt in Tae Kwon Do with just a year of practicing. This was followed by practicing Kyokushin karate and later Thai boxing. At the age of 20, Bas began competing as a kickboxer with a total score of 16 fights for 14 wins and just two defeats.
Parallel to his fighting career, Bas Rutten worked as a model, bouncer and occasional entertainer. These achievements provided the basis for his now respectable overall net worth.
In 1993, Bas joined newly founded “hybrid wrestling” organization – Pancrase. During seven seasons in Pancras between 1993 and 1997, Bas Rutten recorded a winning streak of 19 consecutive fights. Up to this day, he is still one of the Pancrase’s most dominant fighters with three King of Pancrase World Champion titles in his portfolio. It is certain that Pancrase experience helped Bas Rutten to become an all around fighter as well as to add a significant sum to his overall net worth.
In 1998, Bas Rutten signed with UFC. In 1999, after defeating Kevin Randleman in an exhausting match, Bas was crowned with the prestigious UFC Heavyweight Champion title. Although he officially retired from his MMA career in 1999, Bas returned to the octagon for one other, last fight, in 2006. He faced Ruben “Warpath” Villareal and after just one round and a technical knockout, Bas was victorious. This last win rounded his MMA record to 33 fights, with 28 wins, four losses and one draw. For his efforts and impressive results, in 2015 Bas Rutten was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. All these accomplishments increased Bas Rutten’s overall net worth by a large margin.
Bas Rutten is still one of the most decorated MMA fighters of the modern age who defeated several of the biggest names in this sport – Maurice Smith, Guy Mezger, Minoru Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and several others. Throughout his career he was notorious for his trademark move – the liver punch.
After retirement, Bas Rutten tried his luck in pro wrestling. In 2002 he joined the New Japan Pro Wrestling but abandoned it after just one season. Apart from fighting, Bas put some efforts into pursuing an acting and entertainment career – he debuted on the small screens in the role of Kismet in Jimmy Williams’ “Shadow of the Dragon” (1992). In 1999, he appeared in the TV series “Martial Law”, and since then, Bas has added 23 more roles to his portfolio including, besides movies and TV series, even video games – he had the cameo role in “Grand Theft Auto IV” video game. Some other notable roles include “The King of Queens” TV series and “Zookeeper” (2011). All added to his net worth.
When it comes to his personal life, Bas Rutten is married to Katrin with whom he has two daughters. From his first marriage with Rachele, he has another daughter. With his family, Bas Rutten currently resides in California, USA, and is a naturalized US citizen.