UFC legend GSP vs. Jean Claude Van Damme in epic fight scene
Two generations of martial arts stars collided on the set of the ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’ movie when Hollywood action hero Jean Claude Van Damme went up against MMA legend Georges St-Pierre in an explosive fight scene.
JCVD was the star of the original ‘Kickboxer’ movie, which quickly became a cult classic when it was first released in 1989, and he’d go on to become an icon for kids growing up in that era – including GSP.
”Jean-Claude Van Damme for me, growing up in a French environment in Quebec, he was the biggest star, so fighting him for me was like fighting the hero of my day,” St-Pierre admitted in an interview with Uproxx.com.
“It was a dream come true. It was like fighting my mentor, so to speak. This was the guy who inspired me to be in the UFC and all of these things, so I was very nervous, but I knew Jean-Claude from before, so I wanted to do well. I wanted the fight to be memorable.”
The two stars have been friends for several years, and in fact, Van Damme actually trained with St-Pierre while he was preparing for a title defense against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in 2012.
Though he’s best known for his on-screen exploits, Van Damme is a legitimate martial artist in his own right, having earned a black belt in Karate at the age of 18 and compiled a 44-4 record in semi-contact tournament matches before moving on to record an 18-1 record in kickboxing prior to becoming an actor.
St-Pierre’s martial arts background also began with Karate, initially learning Kyokushin under his father at just seven years of age, before transitioning to other aspects of MMA like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and boxing at the age of 16.
The video is in another language but we only want to watch the fight scene anyway!
GSP turned pro at 21 and two years later fought his way to the UFC, where he’d become a two-time welterweight champion and put together a record 12 title fight victories to cement his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats.