Michael Jai White vs. Bob Sapp in ‘Blood And Bone’

Monday, June 29, 2020

Martial arts movie star Michael Jai White and super-heavyweight MMA fighter Bob ‘The Beast’ Sapp clashed in a hard-hitting fight scene for the movie ‘Blood And Bone’ in 2009.

White plays the hero of the movie, ‘Isaiah Bone’, an ex-con who takes the underground fighting scene by storm.

It’s a part that White was well equipped to play, with the 6ft, 240lb actor being a life-long martial artist, who initially started training Shotokan Karate at the age of 7, then switched to Kyukoshin Karate and obtained his first black belt at 12 years old.

He would go on to start teaching karate, won numerous tournaments, and these days holds seven black belts in Shotokan, ITF Tae Kwon Do, WTF Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, and the Superfoot system.

Those years of experience would come in handy in his fight with Sapp, who plays ‘Hammerman’ in the movie and is one of the most physically imposing fighters ever to compete in MMA, standing 6ft 5” tall and weighing 329lbs.

After a short-lived NFL career with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Falcons, Sapp rose to fame in Japan competing in both MMA and kickboxing for the PRIDE and K-1 organizations.

’The Beast’ quickly became a huge star in Japan in particular, and in the early days of his career, he was a credible threat, with one of his most notable achievements being back-to-back TKO victories against kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost.

By the time his role in ‘Blood And Bone’ came about, Sapp had amassed a 10-3-1 record in MMA and a 10-6 stint as a kickboxer.

However, it was around that time that he appeared to lose interest in competing seriously and began to just show up for the paycheck, going on to lose a staggering 16 out of his next 17 MMA fights and 11 out of 13 kickboxing bouts.

After ‘Blood And Bone’, Sapp would star as a villain in the 2011 blockbuster, ‘Conan The Barbarian’, but his opportunities in Hollywood have been limited since then.

As for White, he’s remained as busy as ever with various martial arts movies, including the Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Never Back Down’ franchises to name but a few as well as appearing on TV shows like ‘For Better or Worse’ and ‘Arrow’.

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