GSP plays the role of ‘Kavi’ in the movie, which is a reboot of the 1980’s martial arts classic, ‘Kickboxer,’ that originally starred iconic action hero Jean Claude Van Damme.
JCVD does return for this new re-imagining of the movie, but he no longer takes the lead role, instead, playing the role of mentor to the new star of the franchise, Alain Moussi – and it’s he who St-Pierre finds himself fighting in this scene.
Moussi is an accomplished martial artist in his own right, initially starting out with Jujutsu, while these days he holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado and has trained in various other disciplines including kickboxing and MMA.
The Lebanese-Canadian originally broke into the movie business as a stuntman and has doubled for stars like Henry Cavill in Immortals and Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Apocolypse in recent years, before landing the lead role in Kickboxer: Vengeance.
Moussi revealed in a promotional interview for the movie that he got the chance to roll on the mat with GSP many years ago, back when the UFC star was preparing for his second fight with Matt Hughes.
At that stage, St-Pierre had yet to win a title, but the Canadian would not only win the belt by defeating the dominant welterweight champion Hughes, but he’d also go on to become one of the biggest stars the sport has ever seen.
Having found fame and fortune in the Octagon, GSP vacated his title in 2013 and has since branched out into acting, and though he’s unlikely to be winning an Oscar any time soon, he has landed roles in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Killing Salazar,’ in which he faces off against another action movie icon, Steven Seagal.