Long time martial artist and actor Michael Jai White may no longer be a spring chicken at the age of 48-years-old, but he’s still able to whoop some butt. It’s just too bad that we never got to see him fight MMA. But if he were to fight MMA, it might look like this fight scene he had against longtime UFC heavyweight veteran Josh Barnett in Never Back Down: No Surrender, the sequel to Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown.
White returns as Case Walker who is trying to reclaim the movie’s fictional MMA champion. In one of the earlier scenes in the movie, he takes on Josh Barnett inside a ring. It’s surprising how Barnett who has been a heavyweight his whole career didn’t seem much bigger than White.
Barnett’s character Brody James seems to be playing a heel. When White’s character came over to touch gloves before their bout, Barnett’s character threw a sucker punch right at the very beginning. From there, the two behemoths started trading punches and go on an all-out offensive war. We even see Barnett throw a spinning reverse sidekick which we never see him throw during his actual fights.
Eventually the fight gets to the ground when Barnett slams White down. Barnett goes for everything from a Kimura to an onslaught of ground and pound when he gets full mount position.
Luckily this is a movie and White was able to find a way out of Barnett’s barrage of submission attempts and find himself back to standing. From there he returns full-fire with numerous punch combinations, a side kick and a flying knee that drops Barnett. Thereafter White beats down Barnett with a rain of punches.
The movie was released straight-to-DVD on June 7th, 2016. If you somehow find it at your local Redbox, maybe give it a shot.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.