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Trivia / Bas Rutten

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  • Promoted Fanboy: Was also a fan of Bruce Lee and martial arts flicks.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Rutten could have ended going to RINGS instead of Pancrase, as he originally trained at the RINGS Holland dojo with Chris Dolman and was contacted to fight there before being scouted by Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. Rutten at the time did not know RINGS was mostly worked.
    • He could have competed in the first UFC events, as he heard it from Ken Shamrock and his own friend Gerard Gordeau, but he was not interested at the moment, as he had a better pay and a more safe career grooming in Pancrase. He also could have fought later in PRIDE, but they offered him a better contract as a commentator and he stuck with it.

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