New Reality TV Show has Van Damme Training for Real MMA Fight

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Folks, I shit you not, this is real. My daily perusal of ESPN doesn’t yield many nuggets that translates into posts on this site, but man did it pay off today. Here are the facts: 49-year old Jean-Claude Van Damme is currently training for a real fight against a Thai fighter named Somluck Kamsing, who according to the Muscles from Brussels is 12 years younger and has 300-plus bouts to his credit. Kamsing is also a former featherweight boxer and Gold medalist from the 1996 Olympic Games. And Van Damme? Well, he’s got a reality TV show to sell, so there you have it.

“It’s the first time in history a guy at 50 will go for a real fight in Macau [China],’” [Van Damme] told gathered media at a news conference in the Ukraine last week. “It’s kind of dangerous, but life is short.”

The primary impetus for the fight, which is set to take place sometime in 2010, is apparently a new reality TV show that will star Van Damme. The show will consist of 36 episodes, with the last 12 following the former ’90s action star as he preps for his big, real-life fight. Which begs the question: wait, we have to sit through 24 episodes before he even starts training for the fight? What’s in the first 24 episodes, Van Damme stretching and getting his back waxed?

Here’s Van Damme talking about that fight at the aforementioned press conference. It sure sounds like he’s got it all figured out. Kinda.

Here’s a pic of the two would-be fighters. Kamsing confirmed the match to a Thai site way back in 2009. The fight venue has apparently been switched from Vegas to Macau. Kamsing’s take:

“I never thought about this possibility at all, but all the sudden Van Damme’s team called me, saying they tracked me down from a hotel employee who knew me. They want me to fight with muaythai style, except the elbows because they don’t want his face to get bruised, because he is an actor.”

Heh. “Look, we want you to fight him, but — don’t hit him in the face!” Hilarious. Kamsing also mentions something about Van Damme being bigger than him. Um, no he’s not, dude. You guys are basically the same height and size as far as I can tell from the pic.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    JCVD looks sooo happy!!! Well I’m just posting because….YOU PUT UP A PIC FROM “NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER!!” DUDE!!! seriously?!? Haven’t seen that in FOREVER!!!

  • Dedpool

    JCVD looks sooo happy!!! Well I’m just posting because….YOU PUT UP A PIC FROM “NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER!!” DUDE!!! seriously?!? Haven’t seen that in FOREVER!!!

  • justjoe

    The pic is from “Streetfighter” and yes, I´m a little bit embarassed to point that out! :-)

    • Dedpool

      Not that one, the one on the main page I KNOW the one above is from “Streetfighter.” Duh! LoL. I saw that crap in theatres as a kid. Man was I disapointed.

      • Dedpool

        But at least he got the Flash kick, double sweep, and upercut right. LoL.

  • justjoe

    The pic is from “Streetfighter” and yes, I´m a little bit embarassed to point that out! :-)

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Not that one, the one on the main page I KNOW the one above is from “Streetfighter.” Duh! LoL. I saw that crap in theatres as a kid. Man was I disapointed.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        But at least he got the Flash kick, double sweep, and upercut right. LoL.

  • j.james

    From what it sounds like, it will be a Muay Thai kkickboxing match and not an MMA bout. If it were MMA i would give him a shot, but since its a Kickboxing match, and that appears to be his opponets forte, then his chances are bleak. Plus during this whole thing he is going to be filming a movie, which will be coinsiding with a tv show…doesn’t sound like he will be having the focus needed on training for a professional fight..I just wonder how serious this whole thing is..weird.

    • Trailhawk

      i’ll probly b the only one 2 admit i loved Van Damme as a kid. i’ll agree with you that being a tv show it’ll b hard 2 say weather or not he’ll be focused or really trying in this fight, but at the same time Van Damme was also a kick boxer b4 he did movies…

      “Van Damme retired from martial arts competition. His final fight record was 18–1, with all wins being knockouts and the loss being a decisions after two rounds.”

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Where did you get that info? Please enlighten me.

        • nystyle

          jean claude camille francois van varenberg…thats his real name..his record was 18-1-18…the one loss he rematched and beat the guy in 1:26 ..he was the 1980 european champion..and retired at 21 to purse hollywood and movies..

  • j.james

    From what it sounds like, it will be a Muay Thai kkickboxing match and not an MMA bout. If it were MMA i would give him a shot, but since its a Kickboxing match, and that appears to be his opponets forte, then his chances are bleak. Plus during this whole thing he is going to be filming a movie, which will be coinsiding with a tv show…doesn’t sound like he will be having the focus needed on training for a professional fight..I just wonder how serious this whole thing is..weird.

    • Trailhawk

      i’ll probly b the only one 2 admit i loved Van Damme as a kid. i’ll agree with you that being a tv show it’ll b hard 2 say weather or not he’ll be focused or really trying in this fight, but at the same time Van Damme was also a kick boxer b4 he did movies…

      “Van Damme retired from martial arts competition. His final fight record was 18–1, with all wins being knockouts and the loss being a decisions after two rounds.”

      • Dedpool

        Where did you get that info? Please enlighten me.

        • nystyle

          jean claude camille francois van varenberg…thats his real name..his record was 18-1-18…the one loss he rematched and beat the guy in 1:26 ..he was the 1980 european champion..and retired at 21 to purse hollywood and movies..

  • iAREren

    haha. i’d laugh if i he does his “famous” jumping split kick (or whatever it’s called) in an actual fight.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Me too. Be even funnier if he misses and dude knocks him out!

  • iAREren

    haha. i’d laugh if i he does his “famous” jumping split kick (or whatever it’s called) in an actual fight.

    • Dedpool

      Me too. Be even funnier if he misses and dude knocks him out!

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    damn man!
    Van Damme better not get f*ked up!

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    damn man!
    Van Damme better not get f*ked up!