Bas Rutten Says UFC HOF Induction “Icing on The Fight Career”
By FCF Staff
Recently the UFC announced that Bas Rutten will be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame this July, adding yet another accolade to the legend’s storied career.
Rutten fought for the UFC two times back in 1999, and after stopping Tsuyoshi Kosaka, he decisioned Kevin Randleman to become heavyweight champion. The Dutch fighter and renowned striker competed just one more time, as in 2006, he TKO’s Ruben Villareal while competing for the World Fighting Alliance.
The 50 year-old appeared on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, and here is some of what Rutten had to say about his pending, HOF induction (quotes via FOX Sports 1 press release).
“It’s the icing on the fight career. You think, I was UFC champion, but you always wonder, will I be in the Hall of Fame? I had a short career because of my injury, so I wasn’t sure. They put me in for my fighting, and I really enjoyed that.”
“The way I grew up. How sick I was as a kid. I had asthma, eczema, skin disease and I pushed through all of that and became a UFC champion.”
Rutten closed out his fighting career armed with a 28-4 record. “El Guapo” will be inducted into the promotion’s HOF during the July 11th, UFC 189 weekend.