Bas Rutten has worn many a hat on his shiny dome in the past 20 years in the fight game.
A successful kickboxer in his native Holland, Rutten became one of the first stars of Japan’s pioneering Pancrase circuit, a mixed rules promotion which preceded the UFC. He would later reign as UFC Heavyweight Champion among others, and enjoy success as an MMA trainer whose pupils include Duane Ludwig. Along the way, he produced an infamous street self defense DVD, and began a career as an actor.
Today, the charismatic Rutten is known best as an MMA commentator. As host of AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” program, Rutten celebrates the end of every year by handing out his awards, “The Bazzies.”
Some are easy to predict. Rutten splits “Fighter of the Year” honors to female and male categories — awarding Ronda Rousey and TJ Dillashaw respectively. Dillashaw also earned “Upset of the Year” for his victory over Renan Barão at UFC 173, where Dillashaw won the UFC Bantamweight Championship (pictured above). “Fight of the Year” belonged to UFC 171’s vacant welterweight title bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
Others are a bit more obscure. Rutten crowned Demacio Page as “AXS TV Rising Star of the Year.” Page also earned “KO Punch of the Year” for his stoppage of Brian Hall at Legacy FC 36.
But what might be a bit more fun are Inside MMA’s companion piece to “The Bazzies” — the “Not-So-Bazzies” which highlight some of the more bizarre moments in the MMA year.
Here you go: