Action Movie Classics and the MMA Fighters Who Could Play the Roles
As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to explode into a mainstream sport, more and more of MMA's biggest stars will be looking to cash in on their names and notoriety.
For many, that will mean more endorsement and sponsorship opportunities, but for a select few Hollywood will become a viable option.
While it's hard to imagine a professional fighter crossing over and delivering an Oscar-worthy dramatic performance, it's not so difficult to imagine them on the big screen kicking some choreographed ass.
Here are ten fighters and the action movie roles that they were born to play.
Bloodsport starring Mirko Cro Cop
Bloodsport is quite possibly the most awesomely bad movie of its time, but I guarantee that every time a true action movie aficionado comes across it on TV, the channel will not change until it is over.
Yes, Frank Dux was a US Army officer and Mirko is Croatian, but being foreign didn't hurt Jean Claude Van Damme's performance.
Just look at the picture and tell me Mirko is not perfect for this role.
First Blood starring Randy Couture
There are two reasons why UFC legend Randy Couture is perfect for the role of John Rambo:
1. Couture is a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1982-1988.
2. Couture may not have the full head of hair, but he can pull off the grizzled bad ass look without a problem.
The Bourne Trilogy starring Georges St. Pierre
While the Bourne trilogy is one of the few selections on this list that actually requires some acting chops, from a physicality standpoint UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre is Jason Bourne—a highly trained and efficient fighting machine.
Kill Bill starring Miesha Tate
I am a huge fan of the Kill Bill movies. Quentin Tarantino did a tremendous job utilizing martial arts and graphic violence to paint the ultimate woman scorned movie.
Miesha Tate would make a great Bride because she has the looks and the aura of a woman who you don't want to cross.
Predator starring Rameau Sokoudjou
Any questions? I didn't think so.
The Delta Force starring Don Frye
Ah, Chuck Norris—an action movie star whose legend has grown to unimaginable heights over the years.
If there is one man who would ever be able to fill his shoes, it would be none other than MMA legend Don Frye.
Die Hard starring Fedor Emelianenko
Die Hard is quite possibly the greatest action movie of all time, and I think I know why.
The lead character and hero, John McClane, is the everyman. He's not a physical specimen or superhero—just an average guy who is thrown into an extraordinary situation and prevails.
That is exactly what Fedor Emelianenko is too.
It was never his record that won over so many MMA fans, and it wasn't his record that created this amazing mystique that surrounds Fedor. What makes Fedor great is the fact that he looks like an average guy and has made his career by defeating much larger men in impressive fashion.
The Dark Knight starring Rich Franklin
"I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be."
Said by Batman at the end of the film, this quote has resonated with me since I first saw the movie. It sums up what makes Batman such a great hero—he is not afraid to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
If that doesn't describe Rich Franklin, then I don't know what does. Franklin is willing to fight at middleweight, light-heavyweight, catch-weight, or whatever weight the UFC needs him to fight at.
The Terminator starring Cain Velasquez
The Terminator was an unstoppable killing machine sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of a future resistance leader.
Very similar to the Terminator, Cain Velasquez is a relentless monster who will do whatever it takes to win the coveted UFC heavyweight title.
Sin City starring Brock Lesnar
Big, bad, and seemingly impervious to pain and punishment, Marv is one of the greatest characters in action movie history.
If Brock Lesnar wasn't born to play that role, then I don't know who is.