Bas Rutten named one of the top Dutch athletes of all time

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(Courtesy of a press release via Bas Rutten's public relations manager)

It was announced today that MMA legend Bas "El Guapo" Rutten is among the award nominees as Heineken and the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York celebrate the annual Holland Herring Festival with the "Salute to Dutch Sportsmen."

At the event, set for Thursday, June 10, sports media and fans will select the greatest athlete of Dutch heritage.

Though he will not be in attendance at the event, Rutten is joined on the ballot by soccer players Edgar Davids, Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Johan Neeskens, Robin Van Persie, Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Rijkaard, big league pitchers Bert Blyleven and Curt Schilling, NBA players Rik Smits, Kiki Vandeweghe and Keith Van Horn, U.S. Open Tennis champ Tom Okker, and track and field stars Fanny Blankers-Koen, a quadruple-gold medalist at the 1948 Summer Olympics, and Cornelius Warmerdam, men's pole vault world record holder.

The festivities take place from 6-8 p.m. The Grand Central Oyster Bar is located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street in New York City.

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