In a world where the new wave of action stars all seem to be wrestlers or UFC fighters, I suppose it isn’t such a crazy idea for someone to transition in the opposite direction: from movie star to professional sports. In the case of Jean-Claude Van Damme, he did start his career by studying karate in Belgium and briefly going pro back in 1980, but it has been nearly 30 years since he has been in competition. Now ESPN reports that Van Damme will make his triumphant return to the ring this October when he goes up against Thai boxer and former Olympic gold-medalist Somluck Kamsing. JCVD had this to say:
“It’s the first time in history a guy at 50 will go for a real fight in Macau [China]… It’s kind of dangerous, but life is short.”
The match will apparently be using the MuayThai format, although elbows will be disallowed. The real reason for his return, of course, is so that the training process can be documented for a reality show. Surely, you didn’t expect Van Damme to let Steven Seagal become a reality TV star without trying it himself? No word on where the reality show will air or what it will be called, but my guess is Spike TV. So what do you think, is this a dumb move by The Muscles from Brussels? Will he get his ass kicked, or could he come out triumphant?