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Throwback Thursday: Five of Bas Rutten’s Greatest Pancrase Fights From the 90′s

I could not disagree more with Santino DeFranco’s assertion that Bas Rutten is the *worst* commentator currently working outside of the UFC. Honestly, it’s the most ludicrous statement I’ve heard in recent memory outside of “smear shit on yourself to prevent rape.”

Sure, Rutten may go off on his own tangents and botch a fighter’s name every now and again, but at least he isn’t force-feeding hackneyed catchphrases like “Goodnight Irene!” or “There is a cut on my anus” down our throats. And even if he was, Rutten’s a goddamn legend and one of the funniest sumbitches to ever strap on the 4 oz. gloves, so he’s earned the right to flub a line every now and again. I watch his street defense videos at least once a week, not just because they offer more plausible self-defense options than, say, smearing shit on yourself to prevent rape, but because they are good for a laugh every. single. time.

In any case, Rutten has decided to upload 1 fight from his illustrious 31 fight career to Youtube each day for the next month, along with his own commentary. From his early days in Pancrase to his brief run as UFC Heavyweight Champion to that time he fought Ruben Villareal for the title of “King of the Streets,” the fights themselves are sure to be only overshadowed by Rutten’s always insightful and hysterical commentary.

We’ve compiled all the videos that Rutten has released so far (along with a couple of our personal favorites) after the jump, so check them out and bask in the greatness of “El Guapo.”

Rutten vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa – Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1

Rutten vs. Takaku Fuke: Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2

Rutten vs. Masakatsu Funaki: Pancrase: Pancrash! 1

Rutten vs. Jason Delucia III: Pancrase: Truth 6

Rutten vs. Funaki II: Pancrase: 1996 Anniversary Show

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