Bas Rutten Interview

Bas Rutten has had an interesting career – first as a former King of Pancrase and Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, then a storied career with the International Fight League – first as a head coach with the Los Angeles Anacondas, then commentator then eventually ending up as Vice President of Fighter Operations.  Unfortunately for Rutten, he was released from the IFL and has gone on to other things.  Rutten recently had an interview with Mick Hammond of MMA Weekly; Rutten discusses his time with the IFL, his roles within the promotion and what’s in his future.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

MMAWeekly: First off Bas, tell us about your recent release from the IFL.Bas Rutten: Well, from what I understand, there is no more IFL, right? We’ve been sold, but there’s still some working going on. Exactly what, I have no clue, but the paychecks have stopped coming in. For me it’s stopped and for all the people I knew in the IFL it’s stopped.

I knew the company was struggling. I had gotten emails from people there that had been let go. “Thanks for the great time working together,” and stuff like that. There was a hardcore group left, and once they started getting rid of those people, I knew the end was near. I was aware it was going to happen.

MMAWeekly: Looking back, how do you feel about your time overall with the promotion?

Bas Rutten: I thought it was a great ride. I came to America to become an entertainer, to do something in the entertaining business; and I truly believe I had an opportunity to do this with the IFL. First coming in as a coach, then I went over to being a host of IFL Battleground with the beautiful Tiffany Fallon, and Kenny Rice and all those guys, it was a great experience.

That opened doors to more things like the Inside MMA show that I’m doing with Kenny Rice. For me, definitely, I was having a lot of fun. They never put me on any leash, so to say, so I could do what I wanted and they let me be Bas.


For the rest of the interview, please click here.

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