MMAWeekly.com broke the story a month ago that Bas Rutten was going to return to the fight game. Last night, three sources confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Rutten is returning, as initially believed, against Kimo in the WFA. The fight will take place in July in Los Angeles at the Forum.
Rutten hasn’t fought since 1999, when he squared off against Kevin Randleman at UFC 20: Battle for the Gold. Rutten won the UFC Heavyweight Title when he defeated Randleman by judges’ decision after 21 minutes of fighting.
Prior to that, Rutten defeated Tsuyoshi “T.K.” Kosaka by knockout at UFC 18. If you look at Rutten’s record, you’ll see that he hasn’t lost in his last 20 fights.
Bas won 19 of those fights, with one fight going to a draw against Osami Shibuya. Rutten’s last loss came at the hands of Ken Shamrock in the Pancrase organization back in 1995 by submission due to a kneebar. Rutten has an overall record of 27-4-1 in his MMA career.
Rutten’s scheduled opponent, Kimo, hasn’t fought in almost a year. In his last fight, Kimo lost in Pride Bushido 8 last July to Ikuhisa Minowa by submission in the first round.
In his two fights prior to facing Minowa, Kimo defeated Marcus Royster in the Rumble on the Rock promotion, and lost to Ken Shamrock at UFC 48: Payback.
Kimo lost in Pride Bushido to Ikuhisa Minowa by submission in the first round. Kimo beat Marcus Royster in Rumble on the Rock, before losing to Ken Shamrock at UFC 48’s Payback card. Kimo’s MMA record is 9-5-1.
An already stacked WFA card just got that much better with the return of “El Guapo.” Here’s how the card shakes down.
Quinton Jackson (24-6-0) vs. Matt Lindland (18-3-0)
Ricco Rodriguez (22-6-0) vs. Ron Waterman (13-3-2)
Lyoto Machida (7-0-0) vs. Vernon White (24-27-2)
Ivan Salaverry (11-4-0) vs. Art Santore (14-4-0)
Kimo Leopoldo (9-5-1) vs. Bas Rutten (27-4-1)
Rob McCullough (11-3-0) vs. Opponent TBD
Jason Miller (14-4-0) vs. Opponent TBD
Tickets for “WFA: King of the Streets” at The Forum are available at all Southern California Ticket Master outlets (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino and Ventura Counties), or online at Ticketmaster.com, or you can charge by phone at any of the following phone numbers: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, (661) 322-2525, or (805) 583-8700.