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10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on 10 Star Actors Who Kick Ass In Martial Arts

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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Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

»Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Fighter | Comments Off on Floyd Mayweather Expected to enter Ring in MMA match against McGregor

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

»Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Company News, Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

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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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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Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

 

UFC on FOX 9 could also be known as UFC: Team Alpha Male.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to stack its return to California’s state capital with hometown fan favorites. The latest addition is a lightweight bout between Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo and is set to go down on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Castillo, who trains nearby at Team Alpha Male, joins team founder Urijah Faber, who meets Michael McDonald, and Chad Mendes, who fights Nik Lentz, as the plethora of local gym fighters on the card.

UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday.

“Last Call” has won back-to-back fights since suffering a knockout loss to Michael Johnson (who found out his next fight today, too) nearly a year ago. He went on to beat Paul Sass at UFC on FUEL TV 7 by way of unanimous decision and then in July, at UFC on FOX 8, he outpointed Tim Means for his fifth win in six fights.

He won’t have it easy.

The Brazilian-born Barboza also has won two straight fights since an upset loss to Jamie Varner, who knocked him out in the first round at UFC 146 back in May 2012. Since that setback, the first of his MMA career, Barboza has stopped Lucas Martins at UFC on FX 7 in January, then finished Rafaello Oliveira with leg kicks at UFC 162 in July, which I saw in person and it was nasty.

Thanks to MMA Mania for the story.

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Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

»Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Company News, Fighter, Virgil Zwicker | Comments Off on Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

Courtesy of Bleacher Report

Like many fighters under contract to Strikeforce in the last year, Virgil Zwicker sat waiting for months just hoping his phone would ring.

Zwicker wasn’t a high-profile fighter in the promotion, nor was he a champion at any point, but he was still sitting with fights on his contract with no idea of when he might compete next.

His last fight was in May 2012, and while he enjoyed working with Strikeforce, the inconsistencies of his schedule led to long periods of inactivity, and his training and preparation suffered because of all of the time off.

Why train five times a week with no bout on the horizon and no idea when the next call might come?

After only fighting two times in the past two years, Zwicker is finally happy to have a new contract in hand after signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships that will allow him to stay very busy for the rest of 2013.

“I’m excited. The last couple of years it’s been inconsistent with Strikeforce and that whole deal with like two fights a year. So I’m pumped up,” Zwicker told Bleacher Report on Tuesday. “They’re going to give me an opportunity to fight four or five times this year.”

Zwicker’s last few fights have been painfully inconsistent, which he attributes largely due to his inactivity. He also finally made the move down to light heavyweight, where he will be competing against fighters his own size.

The plan is for Zwicker to debut in Bellator in the fall and hopefully land a spot in the next light heavyweight tournament that will air on Spike TV.

“There’s a lot of guys I’d love to get in the ring with,” Zwicker said about Bellator’s light heavyweight roster. “I’ve trained with a couple of them; I know they just recently signed my partner and friend Vladimir (Matyushenko). There’s a couple of those Russian guys, I would love to get my hands on them. I fit right in the mix with all of them. The tournament style motivates me to keep on, and you never know what’s going to happen.”

While he has no regrets about his time with Strikeforce, Zwicker is reinvigorated now that he’s signed with Bellator and starting a new life with a new promotion.

Bellator is still growing and finding their way in the MMA market, and Zwicker is excited to join a company that showcases hungry competitors still trying to claw their way to the top.

“Everybody’s hungry,” Zwicker stated when asked why he likes Bellator. “It’s like comparing college to the NFL, everybody’s hungry and everybody still wants to grow. I want to get in that tournament and make it happen.”

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