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Bas Rutten to Appear on the Ultimate Fighter 19

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MMA icon Bas Rutten has revealed that he’ll be making an appearance on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, set to be headlined by rival coaches Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.

In an interview on Late Night Cageside Radio, Rutten stated that Penn, “just invited me to make a guest appearance for his team.”

This would mark Rutten’s first appearance on The Ultimate Fighter.

Rutten began his fighting career as a Muay Thai kickboxer at the age of 20. He then moved into MMA through the Pancrase organization, and despite his background as a striker, earned a reputation as one of the most skilled grapplers in the sport.

He was signed to the UFC in 1998, where he won the heavyweight title, before taking a hiatus due to injuries. In May 2006, he returned to competition for his retirement bout, defeating Reuben Villareal by TKO in the first round.

His professional record stands at 28-4-1.

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