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Thursday, January 05, 2017

I an a Bas Rutten Fan. I've Been a Fan Since ...20 Minutes Ago.

For MMA fans, Bas Rutten needs no introduction. But for those who may not be familiar with the sport, suffice it to say that he is one of the most legendary fighters in the game, known for his devastating strikes, aggressive and versatile style, and long string of victories—not to mention his showmanship and charisma. Recently inducted into the UFC hall of fame, Bas is recognized around the world as one of the founding fathers of Mixed Martial Arts.
What many may not realize, however, is that Bas Rutten is a devout, daily rosary praying, Mass-attending Catholic who brings all the intensity of a fighter to his spiritual life. He prays in Latin just because it makes the demons squirm, quotes St. Thomas Aquinas, studies the faith constantly, and can’t wait to tell anyone who will listen about the riches the Catholic faith has to offer.
You say frequently, “Deo gratias!” This is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Just curious: Do you happen to go to a Mass that is in Latin?
Yes, I do. I also do my rosary in Latin and learned a whole bunch of other prayers in Latin as well. It’s the language demons fear the most, and the universal language of the Church.  I find it more reverent and a higher form of prayer.