10 UFC Fighters and the Actors That Could Play Them in a Movie
If a movie was made about a fighter in the UFC, who would be the actor to play that fighter?
This was a question that was posed to me, interested me, and I was intrigued to find out.
Before embarking on a quest to find the actors that could play the fighter in question, I had to set some guidelines and criteria.
One of my criteria was that the actor has to bear some physical resemblance to the fighter. I mean, it wouldn't make sense if Danny DeVito was cast to play Jose Aldo would it?
Next, I decided that the fighter needed to have an interesting enough life story for it to be made into a movie.
However, the problem with this, is that some of the more intriguing stories of fighters did not have anyone that bore any resemblance to the fighter. If I just picked any actor to portray any fighter, there would be no need for this slideshow.
With these factors and more in mind, I set off to find the actors that would play the fighters if a movie was made about them.
Bear in mind, this is a light hearted piece.
So without further ado, here are the actors I have selected that could potentially portray fighters, if movies were made about them.
Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rashad Evans
Cuba Gooding Jr. is best known for his role in Jerry Maguire, in which he played an arrogant football star, Ron Tidwell.
There are many similarities between Rod Tidwell and Rashad Evans. Both are cocky and confident and on the verge of greatness.
Furthermore, Tidwell is a character that is struggling to acquire the contract that he desires, while Rashad is struggling to land a title shot despite having earned it many times previously.
The point is, Cuba Gooding Jr. has already a played a character that resembles Rashad Evans in many ways, and therefore, he can comfortably step into the role of playing this fighter.
Danny McBride as Roy Nelson
Have we all see that episode of The Simpsons where Homer decides to become a boxer? To remind you, in this episode, Homer becomes a boxer because he finds out that he can take heavy punches as his fat absorbs the impact of the strike.
That episode could form a foundation for a comedic story-line.
Danny McBride is best known for his roles in Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, and in this movie he could star as Roy Nelson, a fighter who is struggling with weight issues yet is capable of beating some top contenders.
Ben Stiller as Kenny Florian
Kenny Florian is nicknamed Zoolander because of his uncanny resemblance to Ben Stiller.
Now, I can't remember the last time that Ben Stiller appeared in a serious role so this movie would almost certainly have to be a comedy.
Stiller is best known for his roles in such films as Tropic Thunder and Along Came Polly, and he would be just the man to present MMA in a light-hearted and humorous fashion, which for a sport as serious as MMA, is actually a good thing.
The storyline for this movie could lie somewhere in the fact that Kenny Florian has competed in numerous different weight divisions and is struggling to find major success in each of the divisions that he has competed in, from middleweight to featherweight.
Jim Carrey as Rich Franklin
Ever wondered why Rich Franklin is nicknamed "Ace"? It's because of his striking resemblance to Jim Carrey who once starred in Ace Ventura.
Rich Franklin was once a math teacher in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio where he even has his own day on the 21st of every February.
Franklin made the jump to MMA in 1999 and he eventually became a champion in the middleweight division.
This would serve as the foundation for a storyline.
Jim Carrey is best known for his roles in films such as Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar and The Truman Show. These are all films that have made us laugh.
However, Jim Carrey has shown us that he can play a serious role, as he did in Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, and this could be important skill to have in a film to do with MMA.
Christian Bale as Chael Sonnen
Well, I wonder what the storyline could be here?
Let's see. Chael Sonnen became the closest man to defeating one of the greatest fighters on the planet but did not prevail.
It is then revealed that Sonnen failed a post-fight drugs test, and he is now being accused of money laundering in a court of law.
The question, is whether Christian Bale could play the brash and loud-mouthed Chael Sonnen. After hearing his foul-mouthed rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation, I say yes, he can.
Christian Bale is known for his exceptional portrayal of the modern version of Batman. Because of his role in this action movie, he is more than capable of filming the fight scenes required for this MMA movie.
Jason Statham as Randy Couture
It is only a matter of time before a movie is made about this iconic and legendary fighter.
Randy Couture is an army veteran, having served in the army for six years and is also a former NCAA Division-1 All-American.
He made the jump to MMA in 1997 at the age of 34, and he won the UFC 13 tournament in his debut. He went on to defeat top prospect, Vitor Belfort at UFC 15.
Well, we all know what happened next. Randy Couture went on to become a champion and one of the most admired figures in the sport of MMA.
The man that would play Randy Couture has a wealth of experience in martial and has stated several times that he respects and admires those that compete in MMA.
Jason Statham is a practitioner of Win-Chun, Kickboxing and many other fighting systems.
Statham is famous for starring in the Crank and the Transporter series in which he performed various different stunts, and therefore, he would have no trouble choreographing and replicating the signature moves that made Couture an icon worldwide.
Vin Diesel as Georges St. Pierre
Georges St. Pierre has a very inspiration story. He was bullied as a young child, and he took up martial arts to protect himself from the bully.
After stints working as a bouncer and other various jobs, St. Pierre decided to try his hand at MMA. Good decision.
St. Pierre went on to become one of the greatest fighters and champions in UFC history.
Vin Diesel is renown for his roles in the Fast and the Furious franchise and the xXx. His experience in action movies makes him a great candidate to play Georges St. Pierre.
The only setback could be that Diesel probably won't be able pull of St. Pierre's distinct accent.
Daniel Day Lewis as Clay Guida
This British actor would be perfect to capture the ferocity and intensity that Clay Guida brings every time he steps foot into the octagon.
Lewis is famous for his roles in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood, which garnered international acclaim from viewers and critics.
The storyline would be something along the lines of a fighter who has amazing heart and determination, who has entertained and thrilled millions of fans with his fighting but is struggling to find greatness.
As is the case with Clay Guida.
Samuel L. Jackson as Anderson Silva
A legendary fighter needs a legendary actor to portray him.
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood; his roles in Pulp Fiction and Coach Carter are critically acclaimed and have solidified his label as a great actor.
Anderson Silva has battled adversity and personal battles on his way to becoming one of the greatest champions the sport of MMA has ever seen.
Silva has delivered highlight reel knockouts and embarrassed opponent after opponent whilst on his to becoming recognized as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history.
Matt Damon as Brian Stann
Brian Stann is a real life action hero.
Stann commanded a battalion in Iraq and captained a perilous mission that earned him the coveted, Silver Star.
He then made to jump to MMA and became a champion under one banner and is now on the path to a championship under another promotion.
Matt Damon already has had experience acting in war movies. He starred in Saving Private Ryan, and his parts in the Bourne series have also gained him acclaim.
Damon would be able to capture the emotion and drama that comes with serving as a soldier in Iraq and would also be able to display the intensity needed to compete in MMA, thanks to his previous roles, if Brian Stann's life was made into a movie.