Bas Rutten Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Nov 09, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 27, 2022
Bruce Lee inspired Bas Rutten to become a mixed martial artist.
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About Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten is a Dutch-American professional wrestler who has participated in UFC matches and King of Pancrase matches.
Born in the Netherlands as Sebastian Rutten, he took to learning martial arts at a young age even though his parents greatly disagreed with it. Rutten's career began with kickboxing in 1991 at the age of 20, and he has since been an MMA fighter and a professional wrestler.
After retiring in 1999, Bas Rutten has tried his hand out at acting and as a commentator. He now works for Karate Combat as a commentator. He also coaches and has worked with actors to train them in martial arts for fight series in films. Learn more about this martial artist, like his birthday, biography, age, and family.

Bas Rutten's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bas Rutten's net worth?

Bas Rutten's net worth is estimated to be around $10 million.

How much does Bas Rutten earn per year?

Sources say that Bas Rutten makes $1.68 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bas Rutten?

Bas Rutten is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall. He weighs 205 lbs (93 kg).

How old is Bas Rutten?

The Dutch fighter was born in Tilburg in the Netherlands on February 24, 1965. Bas Rutten is 57 years old now.

Childhood And Education

At a young age, Bas Rutten always loved boxing. He attended school in his hometown. Rutten was even keener on learning martial arts after watching Bruce Lee's 'Enter Of The Dragon' while the family vacationed in France. He stayed stubborn about learning this art form, and his parents eventually gave in. Rutten began learning the Korean martial art form, Taekwondo, at 14. Bas Rutten got involved in a street fight, after which his parents banned him from learning any martial arts.
At the age of 21, Rutten moved out and started learning other forms of martial arts too. He took up Kyokushin Karate and earned a black belt.
Bas Rutten has a brother named Sjeord.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bas Rutten’s partner?

Bas Rutten has a daughter, Rachele Rutten, from his first marriage.
Bas Rutten tied the knot with Karin Rutten, who is from California.
Karin Rutten and Bas Rutten are parents to two daughters, Bianca Rutten and Sabine Rutten. The family, including Rachele Rutten, lives in Westlake Village in California.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Bas Rutten is popular as a UFC Fighter, Muay Thai kickboxer, and mixed martial artist. He was an extraordinarily talented and agile professional wrestler. He is now an actor and commentator.
Bas Rutten's career began as a kickboxer at the age of 20, but he managed to be a fighter, a bouncer, and a model. He won 14 of the 16 matches but lost the last two final matches.
He then entered the world of mixed martial arts. Bas Rutten joined a dojo in Holland. Around that time, Pancrase, which is a hybrid form of wrestling, was introduced. After seeing him fight, Japanese wrestler Masakatsu Funaki appointed Bas Rutten as one of the first fighters for the organization.
1993 was Rutten's first Pancrase debut. He fought and won against Ryushi Yanagisawa by KO in only 48 seconds. In 1994 he fought his third Pancrase match against Masakatsu Funaki and gave in to his first loss. The first King of Pancrase match took place in December 1996. The winner would be the first world champion of Pancrase ever. Bas Rutten fought against Frank Shamrock, who went on to become a UFC champion. He lost against him. But with a rematch set in July the following year, the professional fighter won against Frank Shamrock. Bas Rutten retired from Pancrase in 1997.
In 1998 he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the heavyweight category. He won his first match against the Japanese wrestler Tsuyoshi Kosaka. He won the heavyweight champion title in his victorious fight against Kevin Randleman. In 1999 he dropped out by doctor's advice due to multiple neck, knees, and biceps injuries. However, Bas Rutten returned in 2006 and won the match, but he tested positive for many medical drugs.
Bas Rutten appeared in TV series like 'Martial Law' and 'The King Of Queens'. He also appeared in low-budget movies like 'Shadow Fury' and 'The Eliminator'. In 2006 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten hosted the weekly shows 'Battleground' and 'International Fight League'.
In 2012, he appeared as Niko in 'Here Comes The Boom', the sports comedy film. The film stars Kevin James and Henry Winkler. In the movie, Niko helps Kevin James, who portrays a biology teacher, to become an MMA fighter in return for the help he received to gain American citizenship.
Now, Bas Rutten takes MMA classes every Tuesday and works as the commentator for Karate Combat.

What awards has Bas Rutten won?

Bas Rutten had good scores throughout his entire career. His fighting tactics earned him many awards, titles, and accolades. He won the title of the fighter of the year in 1996.
As an MMA fighter, he won 28 matches of 33 with only four losses. Of the wins, 11 were by knockout.
Bas Rutten is a UFC Heavyweight Champion. He was the first Dutch fighter to be the heavyweight champion in history. Bas Rutten was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015 in the pioneering wing.
He was a three-time King of Pancrase open weight world champion.

Other Interesting Bas Rutten Facts And Trivia

  • Bas Rutten is good friends with actor Kevin James.
  • His nickname is 'El Chapo', which translates to 'The Handsome One'.
  • The Rutten Jump is a victory dance of Bas Rutten's that involves jumping and doing split mid-air.
  • Growing up, Rutten often got in street fights and was known for this even well into his career.
  • He made the liver shot famous.
  • Bas Rutten has a fifth-degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate.

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Bas Rutten Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Sebastian Rutten

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




185 cm


Actor, MMA fighter, Professional wrestler

Net Worth



Karin Rutten



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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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