Holy crap! Remember when you were a kid and you thought Jean-Claude Van Damme was the baddest son-of-a-bitch on the planet? (Ok, at least I did) He would have kicked anyone’s ass if only he would get in a real fight to prove it. Well, if this report from K-1 Legend is accurate, he finally is, even if it’s 20 years too late.
…actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has signed to fight a professional Muay Thai fight in March 2010.
Van Damme’s opponent will be Somluck Kamsing, a 1996 Olympic gold medal winner in boxing hailing for Thailand. The fight will take place in Las Vegas and be contested under Muay Thai rules with five two-minute rounds. Kamsing has also reported that he will be paid in part based on broadcast revenue, so the fight will be aired in some way – no details yet if it will be on a network or PPV.
Holy crap again! How freakin’ awesome is this? Some people will make fun of it, say it’s stupid and ridiculous. I say best news ever.
HT: Bloody Elbow
Update: A few readers have brought it to my attention that Van Damme competed professionally before his movie career. Some of his old fights can be found on YouTube apparently. Sorry, I wasn’t aware.