Acting Bug Bites UFC Star Rashad Evans in 'Death Warrior'

MMADieHards.comCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

Written by Paul Delos Santos

Rashad Evans learned a little something about how difficult it is to be an actor when he was filming the movie Death Warrior.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion learned that throwing fake punches can just be as difficult as throwing a real punch.

“I didn’t think (acting) would be hard,” Evans admitted.

The movie was Evans’ acting debut, and he said that the acting bug has bitten him. He has already signed on to do another project with the executive producer, writer, and actor in the film, Hector Echavarria.

Evans is just one of many mixed martial artist featured prominently in the Lionsgate film, which was released on DVD on Dec. 1. The others involved: Evans’ teammates Georges St. Pierre and Keith Jardine, and Evans’ rival coach from The Ultimate Fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The movie features a story revolving around a fighter who was thrown into a underground fighting circuit in order to save his wife and family. As the plot unwinds, he discovers the true mastermind behind the organization and prepares for a showdown with him.

For St. Pierre and Jackson, it marks a return to working with Eschavarria after the two worked with him on another MMA film, Never Surrender , which was released earlier this year. Never Surrender , another Lionsgate film, also features other MMA stars such as Heath Herring, Anderson Silva, and B.J. Penn.

In that film, Eschavarria played a champion lured to the appeal of the underground fight scene and is found fighting for his life.

Eschavarria is well known among fighter circles, and has been training in martial arts since he was 4-years-old. He has worked with some of the fighters in the film including Jackson, who he trained prior to the fights with Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson.

It’s all part of Eschavarria’s plan to help grow the sport of MMA and do what he considers giving back to the sport that helped him.

As for Evans, fans shouldn’t fret that one of their favorite fighters is leaving the cage fulltime to pursue an acting career.

“I’m not going to quit fighting to act,” said the 30-year-old fighter, who is slated to return to the Octagon on Jan. 2 as part of UFC 108 in Las Vegas against Thiago Silva.

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