Note: Bas Rutten was not actually the first UFC Heavyweight champion. That honor belongs to Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. Rutten did win the title after he defeated Kevin Randleman in 1999.
In celebration of the UFC’s 20th anniversary, ASX hosts Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten and Pat Miletich discuss and reflect on the early days of the promotion.
Rutten, a former UFC Heavyweight champion and Miletich, a former UFC Lightweight Tournament champion and Welterweight champion – known back then as the Lightweight championship – talk about their impressions of the “no holds barred” fighting, the progression of the rules and how they actually came to fight in the UFC.
With all of the different celebrations happening this weekend, this is a great way for fans to learn about the early days of the promotion from two former champions and potential hall of famers.
Part 1 of the interview
Part 2 of the interview
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