Mixed Martial Arts legend Bas Rutten hasn’t been to kind to UFC Superstar Alistair Overeem in the media, especially after he left Golden Glory on a bad note. Bas has been known to call him out for having a weak chin and being a shady guy behind the scenes. In this video, Overeem spots Bas outside the gym doing an interview and ambushes him.
Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑs ˈrɵtə(n)]; born 24 February 1965) is a Dutch former mixed martial artist, kickboxer and professional wrestler. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). FightMetric wrote this when Rutten got inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame: “FightMetric, the official statistics provider for the UFC, ran the numbers on Rutten’s career. They back up the Dutchman’s inclusion into the UFC Hall of Fame and then some. In the 4-hours, 27-minutes and 8-seconds he spent as a pro fighter, Rutten scored 13 knockdowns without getting dropped himself, his significant strike accuracy was 70.6%, the highest FightMetric has ever recorded, attempted a record 53 submissions and successfully swept his opponents a record 46 times.” From 2007–2016, Rutten was the co-host of Inside MMA on AXS TV.
As a professional fighter, one of his favorite tactics was the liver shot (both punch and kick), and he popularized its use in MMA. Rutten is known for his charisma and has capitalized on his celebrity status since retiring from fighting in 1999. He has worked as a color commentator in several MMA organizations, including Pride, and has appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and video games. He also coaches MMA and has authored several instructional materials.
Alistair Cees Overeem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈoːvəreːm], English: /ˈoʊvəriːm/;) is an English-born Dutch mixed martial artist and former kickboxer. He is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Interim Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and is one of only two fighters to hold world titles in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time. As of 9 December 2017, he is #2 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings. He holds notable victories over six former UFC champions: Andrei Arlovski, Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, two victories over Vitor Belfort, along with two victories over Fabrício Werdum.
Rutten was born in Tilburg, Netherlands. At the age of 6 he developed eczema and severe asthma. Bas’ eczema meant he always wore long sleeves, turtle necks and gloves, and his asthma meant he was unable to partake in exercise, and was consequently relatively skinny. He was bullied on a daily basis as a kid.
Bas started training boxing in the backyard of an elementary school with a friend. Rutten became interested in martial arts at age 12 after his family went on vacation to France, where the movie Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee was playing at a local movie theatre. Bas could not get in because the movie was rated 17+, so he and his brother Sjoerd snuck into the theatre. After he saw the movie, he took an interest in martial arts. At first, his conservative parents didn’t allow him to pursue, but after two years of begging his parents, at age 14, they allowed him to practice taekwondo. He picked it up very quickly and after a few months he got in a street fight with the biggest bully in town. Rutten, now more confident, took the challenge and broke the bully’s nose and KO’d him with the first punch he threw. The police showed up at his parent’s place, and Rutten was immediately prohibited by his parents from further practicing martial arts. At age 21, he moved out of his parent’s house and once again started training taekwondo. He was committed, eventually earning a 2nd degree black belt. He then began learning Kyokushin Karate and earned a 2nd degree black belt.