10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

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10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

As martial arts and mixed martial arts are starting to become more and more popular, perhaps one of the reasons this was spurred on due to the many action films that people watch. After all there are many actors in Hollywood who grew up learning how to do a variety of martial arts and even used those skills on the big screen. Here’s 10 star actors who kick ass in martial arts!

Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais is one of the youngest actors that hits this list at 34 years old. Since his career is just getting started, action fans can get excited to be seeing more of this guy. He first appeared in 2009’s Merantau, hand picked by filmmaker Gareth Evans who spotted Uwais in his Silat dojo. That being said, he didn’t make it big until his second collaboration in 2012’s The Raid.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly was a multiple time world champion in the early 70’s before he turned to acting. It all started with him opening a Shorin-ryu Kaarate school in LA. From there, Jerry Weintraud, producer of Enter the Dragon, found Kelly and brought him onto the film. Starring with the famous Bruce Lee, the amazing response from this film bolstered Kelly’s acting career, allowing him to star in a few other films like Black Belt Jones, and Three The Hard Way. Because of Kelly amazing performance, he helped pave the road for other black martial artists to enter the scene.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Even though Jean-Claude Van Damme may not be getting many awards, the question is does that really matter? He’s starred in many cult classics in the late 80s such a Bloodsport (1988), and Kickboxer (1989). His more memorable roles are his roles in Street Fighter, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, and Double Impact.

Tony Jaa

In the MMA world today, Muay Thai is a pretty popular form among MMA fighters, however that wasn’t the case when Tony Jaa exploded. Jaa appeared on the big screen in 2003 with Ong-BakL The Thai Warrior. Because of his amazing talents, this brought forth two prequels of Ong-Bak, 2005’s The Protector as well as international attention to this fighting style.

Michelle Yeoh

She started off in Chinese cinema and became one of the most celebrated actresses in that area. She eventually became an international star part thanks to her work in some Hollywood productions. Like the famous Jackie Chan, she became known for doing her own stunts in the films she starred in. Yeoh’s appeal cam from her work in Magnificent Warriors, Executioners and Tai Chi Master. That being said, she became internationally known in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Chuck Norris

The “Facts” meme himself. Setting that aside Chuck Norris is the real deal here. With multiple black belts in a variety of styles, he’s used those abilities to star in many great films. There is the iconic fight between him and Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon, but Norris has also starred in other great films. Examples are The Delta Force, Firewalker, and Missing In Action. There’s also his long-running TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen made a name for himself in his native land of China. He’s exceptionally gifted in martial arts, being proficient in several different styles. Yen broke into the business in 1983 as a stuntman in China. While overseas though, he started playing supporting roles and helped a lot in films like Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. But what brought him into the spotlight was his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jet Li

Following behind the work of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Jet Li has achieved incredible fame in his homeland before arriving to Hollywood. What broke him into Hollywood film was his role as the villain in 1997’s Lethal Weapon 4. Since then he’s been steadily working in other films since then. They may not be as popular as the film Hero, but he starred in films like Romeo Must Die, The One and War, which are still worth checking out.

Jackie Chan

Famous for doing his own stunts, this man is a loveable character both in film and in real life. He had small roles in Bruce Lee’s films before breaking out into stardom. Films that really helped him to shine was his roles in films like the Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon and The Forbidden Kingdom.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, The Dragon, the legend. Although his life was cut tragically short at 32, Bruce Lee accomplished significantly more in that small time than most people would do in a century. He mastered Kung Fu, wrote several books, taught Westerners Chinese martial arts, and most notable became one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Even to this day, the films he was involved in are still very much the standard for martial art action films today.

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MMA Industry Trends

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MMA Industry Trends

The MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is a growing and thriving industry. With martial arts clubs generating $3.2 billion dollars in 2014, it’s clear that many Americans show an interest in martial arts.

For one it’s a great integration of both fitness and martial arts. Furthermore it’s caught the attention of businesses who have been leaping into this industry with little hesitation. These days we can find all kinds of classes, quality programs and so many other things.

Furthermore as this industry is being developed further, mixed martial arts have incorporated a few other techniques that could set some trends in this industry. Today we’re looking at a few of them.

Cage Fitness

Cage Fitness, a combination of the tenets of MMA training, but no hand-to-hand combat involved. This was launched by UFC star Matt Hughes, and its response has overall been positive. One of the big advantages is that it caters to an individual’s skill and fitness level. Furthermore – and more importantly- cage fitness doesn’t take a long time to do. It’s recommended that you do five five-minute workout sessions with one minute rests between each quick session. Because these workouts take only 30 minutes, it fits nicely with people’s schedules and it can also boost revenue for facilities that provide this.

Piloxing

A combination of Pilates, boxing, and dance, Piloxing is a hybrid workout that’s great for burning fat. Furthermore Piloxing also increases flexibility and strength. Piloxing is popular the most amongst women as this is an alternative to basic kickboxing classes.

Piloxing has also become widely used across the board because of its all-around body benefits. With Pilates you are boosting your leg strength and cardio. The weighted boxing gloves define and tone your arms and upper body. This makes for a more appealing workout for people.

CrossFit Defense

Marketing itself as a hardcore workout program, CrossFit Defense is an intensive workout and works differently than Piloxing and Cage Fitness. The first major thing is it integrates martial arts with the popular fitness brand, CrossFit. With CrossFit movements paired with self-defense, this mixed martial arts workout will help in burning fat and boosting confidence in yourself.

What also separates CrossFit Defense from the others is this a full-contact self-defence class. Because of this, many people from CrossFit users to professional MMA players can use this training for various reasons. This training works well if you are looking to boost confidence, but MMA stars also practice CrossFit Defense to use as training for a fight. Furthermore those who are in CrossFit use this as a means of expanding into other areas.

Conclusion

There are many benefits to adding MMA fitness into your life. If you’re already exercising, you could use this training as a way to explore new things and enhance a basic routine that you have already.

Researching further into MMA it’s certainly different than the usual exercises, but it’s not that far of a stretch that it’s impossible to try out.

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Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

Floyd Mayweather it seems is never happy going out on top and is taking the steps needed to enter mixed martial arts with the hopes of facing Connor McGregor in the cage.
Mayweather had announced that he was retiring from professional fighting after his win again McGregor last year in a bout that saw both fighters walking away with earnings that would make most people never work another day in their life. Yet it seems Mayweather’s ego is getting the best of him, that or the potential purse is catching his eye.

However, Mayweather has applied for a MMA license and told TMZ Sports recently that is plans to start training in mixed martial arts and will need a minimum of eight months to train and prepare to eventually face McGregor in his own backyard. To help him with training, Mayweather has partnered with Tyron Woodley, a UFC welterweight champion.

The fight between Mayweather and McGregor was an easy win for the seasoned fighter. It was one that saw Mayweather retire with an unbeaten record and one of the all-time greats in the sport of boxing. The pay-per-view earnings saw Floyd earning the incredible sum of $300 million ad McGregor taking home close to $100 million.

Time to consider a Rematch

Yet it was not long before both fighters started to think about a rematch. Mayweather said he is more than willing to enter into McGregor’s turf and change styles. Commenting, Floyd said, I can wrestle, my game is not that bad. He added that on a ten scale, he ranks himself a seven and feels he can get that up to a nine over time. He also commented saying that his hand game is 100%, but kicking is an area that will need much improvement.

The proposed fight could be a real boost to the UFC, who have struggled to capture the mainstream market when McGregor, clearly its biggest star, is absent for any period of time. McGregor took the MMA world by storm after facing Jose Aldo, the reigning featherweight champion, in December 2015 and knocking him out in thirteen seconds. Yet McGregor has not been active in the UFC since November of 2016 preferring to switch his attention to his fight against Mayweather and taking a break from the combat sports arena.

Whether an eventual fight will happen is yet to be announced, but one thing is certain, both fighters stand to make a ton of money by agreeing to enter the cage and battle it out. For McGregor, it is his home turf, for Mayweather, he will be entering a space he has yet to dominate or fight in before, and it could mean a level of disgrace for the esteemed fighter.

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Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

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Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

 

One month after signaling an interest to open a new UFC women’s division, the promotion has gone all in on strawweights.

UFC President Dana White today announced the promotion has acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters, who will compete on the first all-women season of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the inaugural UFC strawweight title.

Filming for the show kicks off May 18 and features Carla Esparza (9-2), Alex Chambers(4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1),Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0). A debut date for the first episode wasn’t immediately announced.

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Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Targeted for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

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Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Targeted for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

 

After telling MMAjunkie he wanted a fight with fellow welterweight Jake Shields (29-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Hector Lombard (33-4-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) received his wish.

UFC officials recently announced the bout, via ESPN.com, for UFC 171.

UFC 171 takes place March 15 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card, featuring a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie. Lombard vs. Shields likely will be part of the main card.

This past week, Lombard said he might be able to force the “boring” Shields into a good bout.

“I think he’s been so boring and me always trying for the KO, it’s going to be exciting,” Lombard said. “He’ll make it boring, or I’m going to end up knocking him out. It’s going to be one or another.”

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Demain Maia & Rory MacDonald to Face Off at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

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Demain Maia & Rory MacDonald to Face Off at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

 

An important welterweight fight has been added to UFC 170.

Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia will take place on the Feb. 22 card in Las Vegas, the promotion announced Friday. News of the fight being in the works was first reported on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”

Both MacDonald (15-2) and Maia (18-5) are coming off loses. MacDonald dropped a unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167 in November, while Maia lost a split decision to Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night 29 in October. MacDonald’s loss snapped a fight-fight winning streak, while Maia’s streak ended at three wins in a row.

UFC 170, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, will be headlined byRashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier.

Thanks to MMA Fighting for the story.

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Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

 

Virgil Zwicker may have had to travel a long way to fight Mike Hayes, but it took him just 1:12 to knock him out in the first round at KSW 25 in Poland this weekend.

Zwicker improved his record to 12-3 with 9 KO/TKO’s and 2 submissions. Check out the fight in its entirety below.

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