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IFL to Announce Bas Rutten as new Vice President, Fighter Operations (updated) ( has learned that the IFL will announce later today the promotion of former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten to the newly-created position of vice president, fighter operations.

Rutten will report directly to IFL CEO Jay Larkin.

The affable Rutten has served with the fight promotion since its inception as a coach and commentator. He was originally brought on to serve as the head coach of the Los Angeles Anacondas but stepped down from that position in early-2007 after being tabbed to serve as a color commentator opposite Kenny Rice on “IFL Battleground.”

There is no word whether Rutten will continue as a commentator for the promotion, but he will remain in his role as a co-host of HDNet’s “Inside MMA.”

Updated: We’ve been informed that Rutten will continue in his role as a color commentator for the IFL.

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