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Fuel TV puts the humor in self-defence

U.S. cable net Fuel TV is producing Punk Payback with Bas Rutten, starring a former UFC heavyweight champ who is offering up humorous street fighting tips.
August 4, 2011

U.S. cable net Fuel TV is producing Punk Payback with Bas Rutten, starring a former UFC heavyweight champ who is offering up humorous street fighting tips.

Rutten, the three-time King of Pancrase World Champion, will host the 10-episode, 30-minute series, produced by Brentwood Communications International and premiering on November 2 at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST.

Using real surveillance footage of people getting carjacked or held up in convenience stores, the show uses reenactments to showcase Rutten’s combat moves and helpful survival tips. Rutten will also inject humor into the serious subject matter, while imparting valuable knowledge about protecting one’s self.

“Bas Rutten is one of the most charismatic characters I’ve ever met and he can fill up a TV screen all by himself,” says George Greenberg, Fuel TV EVP and GM. “We’re happy to bring him to Fuel TV with this exciting and fun show that mixes humor into educational survival situations. If a punk starts it, rest assured, Bas will finish it every time.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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