Relive Bas Rutten’s infamous Swedish bar fight in this newly released animated short

Holland is home to some of the world’s finest kickboxing academies and Muay Thai camps. There are more Dutch world champions per-capita than any other country in Europe. I’ve always dreamed of heading out to train there, perhaps to discover what it is about their academies that breeds such amazing athletes, but then it dawned on me that every Dutch fighter I respect has an infamous bar or night-club encounter with bouncers that generally lead to broken glass, occasional dismemberment, and inevitable jail-time. I’m sure it’s similar to a scene from Fight Club where the head trainer assigns homework; pick a fight with a random stranger, a fight you’re supposed to intentionally lose. In most countries, that would be easy, but in Holland, nobody ever teaches fighters to lose, or how to effectively select an opponent who stands a fighting chance – so they end up failing the assignment by making quick work of unsuspecting security guards, and years later, all their collective stories end up as urban legends on Joe Rogan’s weekly podcasts. Thankfully, Bas Rutten’s Swedish bar fight will be forever enshrined in your memory thanks to this animated film that effectively gives your imagination the rest of the day off.

Published on February 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm
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