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Young Ivan Drago in karate tournament - ends quickly

WATCH: A young Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) fights in karate tournament - does NOT last long
Young Ivan Drago in karate tournament - ends quickly

Young Ivan Drago in karate tournament - ends quickly

Ivan Drago, played by Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, was one of Rocky's fiercest opponents of the franchise. But did you know that Dolph Lundgren has a legitimate competitive Kyokushin karate background in real life?

Kyokushin karate is also known as knockdown karate and it is probably the most effective style of karate as its focus is on full-contact competition. There are also no gloves or protective gear worn in competition in order to emphasize realistic combat.

In this YouTube video, we see a young Dolph Lundgren (who played Ivan Drago), competing in a Kyokushin championship fight and it does not last long at all.

Much like his fight with Apollo Creed in the film, he makes quick work of his opponent. Though his real lifestyle is quite a bit different than in the movie, it still shares the same brutal and powerful striking ability.

Lundgren ends this contest shortly after it begins with a brutal knee strike to his opponent's jaw which makes a loud noise and puts him down hard, awarding Lundgren the KO victory.

"If he dies.. he dies."


Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren November 1957) is a Swedish actor, director, martial artist, screenwriter, and producer.

Lundgren received a degree in chemistry from Washington State University, a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in the early 1980s, and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. He holds the rank of 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980-81. While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. They moved together to New York City, where, after a short stint as a model and bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub The Limelight, Jones got him a small debut role as a KGB henchman in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. [Source: Wiki]

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