Amanda Lucas can sympathize with Luke Skywalker. She knows what it's like to live in the shadow of a famous father.
If you need a little background, Amanda Lucas is a professional mixed martial arts fighter. She has four professional bouts under her belt, and she has won the last three. She's scheduled to take part in a championship bout in Tokyo next Saturday.
So yeah, she's a legit fighter.
But seeing as how she also happens to be George Lucas' daughter, that doesn't seem to matter. She can't go anywhere or do anything without being associated with Star Wars, and it's particularly bad in Japan.
Amanda understands it, but you can tell it frustrates her.
"Japanese fans are fanatical about Star Wars. I get it and I appreciate it," she said, courtesy of Sports Illustrated. "I'm very proud of my family and my father's accomplishments. It's just about finding that good balance."
I totally get it, and I totally sympathize.
But I just can't help it. There are simply too many opportunities for Star Wars jokes, all of which could be used to describe the action in her upcoming title bout.
'Amanda shot first!'
If you don't get the reference, this video should clear things up:
There's only one excuse for this joke to be used, and that's if Amanda scores a quick knockout. That's not really her specialty, as she's more of a submission artist. But there's a first time for everything, and quick knockouts are not exactly uncommon in mixed martial arts.
'She's got a bad feeling about this!'
This line, or some variation of it, appears in every Star Wars movie and virtually every piece of literature in the expanded universe. It is said—yup, you guessed it—when something bad is about to happen.
If Amanda gets in any sort of trouble in her championship bout, this phrase will serve quite nicely.
'In her experience, there's no such thing as luck!'
Mixed martial arts fights are pretty complex. It's not a bunch of simple tricks and nonsense, and luck has nothing to do with it.
So if Amanda wins her title bout, nobody should make the mistake of calling it luck. She's going to earn it.
Besides, good against remotes and good against the living are two different things. Amanda isn't going to be fighting a remote.
'Now, she is the Master!'
Despite the fact he had three of his limbs cut off by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar, Darth Vader still felt confident enough to say this to Obi-Wan when they met on the Death Star in A New Hope. Fortunately for him, Vader backed up his trash talk by making Obi-Wan shorter by a head.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Amanda is not going to decapitate her opponent in her championship bout. But if she wins, she will indeed be the Master.
Not a master of evil, though. MMA is not professional wrestling.
Not yet, anyway.
'The Force is strong in this one!'
This one's a little too easy.
As far as we know, Amanda can't actually use the Force. But if she wins via a rear-naked Force-choke, it's going to be apparent that the Force is indeed strong in this one.
She'll also be immediately surrounded by teenage fanboys, all of whom will be asking her to share her secrets.
I plan on joining them if need be.