MMA Living Legend Bas Rutten Staying As Busy Out Of The Ring As He Was In It

By Mick Hammond

Anyone who thought Bas Rutten would slow down in retirement is sorely mistaken. Years after he called his active career quits, Rutten is as busy as ever, working on a myriad of projects. Up next, Rutten can be seen in the upcoming Feb. 1 episode of the hit FX television series “Lights Out.”

Speaking to about how he lined up his appearance on the series, Rutten said, “One of my best friends, Holt (McCallany), is the lead actor on the show. When he found out that they needed an MMA fighter, he said I was the only guy he wanted to do it with.”

Rutten had previously worked with McCallany on the series “Freedom,” where he served as fight choreographer over a half a year of shooting. Staying true to his style of fighting, Rutten went all out shooting his scenes for “Lights Out.”

“I have one speed and that’s full speed, and Holt’s like that too,” commented Rutten. “He’s a method actor and likes to get in there and get hit a little bit. It was tough, but it was a lot of fun. They said it was one of the best fights of the whole season. It’s going to look powerful, let me tell you that.”

Staying with television, Rutten continues to work on HDNet’s highest rated series, “Inside MMA” with co-host Kenny Rice. And if that wasn’t enough, he has a couple of other TV projects in the works.

“I shot a pilot where we re-enact robberies, hold-ups, and stick-ups, whatever goes bad, and I tell the people what they could have done,” said Rutten. “It’s like the bar fighting DVDs I did. It’s real stuff, quality stuff we’re doing, but not super, super serious.


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