Bas Rutten starting new fight promotion - TAO MMA


Former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase Bas Rutten is making his return to the world of competitive mixed martial arts by hosting his very own amateur event on January 26, 2014 as the kick-off to a new league of MMA fights titled TAO MMA!

Partnering with the city of Thousand Oaks, California, Bas Rutten Presents "The Art of MMA" (TAO MMA) will be held at the city's illustrious Civic Arts Plaza. 

TAO MMA is an event designed to showcase 20 of the best of Southern California's ameteur fighters, representing talent from Rutten's own gym, Elite MMA, as well as other respected gyms from around the region.  The event will serve as a venue for these up-and-coming competitors to display their hard work and athletic dedication in the world's fastest growing sport.

As host of AXS TVs "Inside MMA" and color commentator for World Series of Fighting (WSOF) for NBC Sports, Bas Rutten has become one of the sport's most respected and charismatic ambassadors, displaying a range in knowledge of the fight game that is rivaled by no other.  With supporting roles in feature films, most recently in the Kevin James MMA-themed comedy, "Here Comes the Boom," Rutten's star is growing ever larger, and his dedication to the field of amateur mixed martial arts competition is more than welcome.

Save the date - January 26, 2014 - and join Bas Rutten and many other star-studded guests, including UFC fighter Urijah Faber, as Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza presents "Bas Rutten's The Art of MMA"!


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MRPLOW site profile image  

11/24/13 10:56 PM by MRPLOW

As mentioned above, Bas used to have his own promotion called the "BAS RUTTEN INVATIONAL" in the late 90's / early 00's era. He had some pretty high level fighters considering it was a smaller local promotion in Denver.

Blunderhooks site profile image  

11/24/13 1:00 AM by Blunderhooks

Should call it "Bas Rutten Invitational 2"

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

11/23/13 10:48 PM by Hong Kong Phooey


Bentleysuper8 site profile image  

11/23/13 10:13 PM by Bentleysuper8

HA. VU. I hope they implement that.

Dominique Robinson site profile image  

11/23/13 9:18 PM by Dominique Robinson

Wish it was pro

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

11/23/13 8:17 PM by ranier wolfcastle

never forget   bas ruttens king of the cage  

jcblass site profile image  

11/23/13 8:11 PM by jcblass

LOL this was my first thought too!

Kings21 site profile image  

11/23/13 8:01 PM by Kings21

Man wish this woulda happened when i lived down there, would love to have only driven 5 mins to see some fights. Hope bas does it right.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

11/23/13 8:01 PM by RyannVonDoom

Yeah.. Not really. Check the camo bullshit.

John M site profile image  

11/23/13 7:59 PM by John M

Dangada dangada dang