Bas Rutten Believes He Would Have Beaten Fedor Emelianenko

Bas Rutten is one of the greatest and most legendary names in all of mixed martial arts. His storied career spanned 13 years, ending in 2006, and witnessed “El Guapo” exiting the sport with an impressive 28 & 4 record, with one draw, culminating in an 85% win rate. Further, Rutten managed an astounding 89% finishing rate during his tenure.

Further still, Rutten closed out his career with a 21 fight winning streak; 8 fight winning streak if you take Rutten’s record forward from his 1997 draw, with Osami Shibuya.  

In short, with his number of wins, consecutive wins and the streak that he exited the sport on, his numbers speak for themselves. Bas Rutten was a heck of a fighter, in his day.

Recently, Bas was on AXS TV Fights “Voice Versus” show and the question was put to Rutten as to whether or not he would have beaten fellow legendary fighter Fedor Emelianenko, when they were both active and in their prime.  

As is Bas’s style, he gave a very introspective answer and then a simply statement.

Bas stated that he was and always has been a very confident fighter, and that he always believed that he would win. As such, he never allowed himself to doubt the outcome of a fight; that he knew “100%” he was going to win. To the point, Bas believes it’s wrong of a fighter to ever allow himself to think otherwise.

Based on that mindset, Bas said simply “Yeah, I think I would beat him”, at which point Rutten smiled and expressed a muted laugh.

It’s a pity that fans were robbed of the fight and never got to see the two legends do battle, but on the finer point of El Guapo’s logic, it’s hard to argue with his position on self-belief and it’s one that Emelianenko himself, would probably echo.

In listening to Rutten’s comments, fans have to wonder what would have happened had Fedor been sitting there and chimed in with a statement of “prove it”. Sadly, fans should probably not dare such dreams.


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    November 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    FEDOR in his prime… RIGHT. If Ken Shamrock handed you a submission BAS, what do you think Fedor would do to you?

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    November 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Bas would have gotten whooped dirty on the very very best day he ever had on Fedor's worst.

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    November 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Prime Fedor vs Cain…..other than that no one would have a chance…..not even close…..lets just forget that Arona fight ; )

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    November 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Fedor or Bas, I wouldn't have bet money on that one. But I would of payed good money to see it!! Considering Bas long winning streak it's hard for me to see that he's never in the mix when it comes to the GOAT. Both Bas and Fedor deserve a place among the top 5 best mma-fighters of all time.

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    November 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I would've put my money on Bas without a single doubt…

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    November 13, 2013 at 12:15 am


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    November 13, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I dont think so Bas…no I dont think so…there´s an interview where you personally said before that no one would beat Fedor so what are you talking about now?

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    November 13, 2013 at 4:54 am

    In Pancrase,maybe. But since they fought different rules, I think each would have won in their own style. Bas only quit because his knees couldn't take it anymore. He fought with a ferocity and hard aggression. With that heavy of leg kicks, it was only a matter of time.

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    November 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Another armbar win for Fedor IMO, or a 3 round ground and pound clinic ala Big Nog.

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    November 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    What Bas meant is that no matter who you fight as a fighter you should be always confident that you will win.

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