January 26, 2010 2:15 PM
Jean-Claude Van Damme, the 49-year-old movie star has agreed to a K1 MuayThai fight with 1996 featherweight boxing Olympic gold medalist Somluck Kamsing. While Van Damme was awesome in Bloodsport, he was 28 years old then, and that was a movie. Now, I'm sure Van Damme is still in good shape, as he continues to be in movies where he kicks more than he talks, but he is 49, and although Somluck is 38, he will actually kick Van Damme in the face for real.
Van Damme's experience against Chong Li, Attila, and even General M. Bison won't help him here.
In reality, Van Damme competed in martial arts fights from 1976 to 1980, but hasn't fought professionally in 30 years. Van Damme has wisely disallowed elbows in the fight which is scheduled to take place in March. I'll admit, I'm intrigued and would be interested in watching this fight.
Boxing Scene via SB Nation