Top 5 actors who really fought in the ring

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Basically, any action film features some sort of fighting. It can be a sports drama covering the real aspects of this or that martial art, or a fast-paced adventure or crime, which includes combat. In a way or another the scenes are directed, which involves fight choreography. The featured video is an example of stage combat, with Belgian actor Emilien de Falco taking on French mixed martial artist Mehdi Baghdad and bodybuilder Morgan Aste at Dubai Fight mid 2017.


The list below includes five actors, who have really competed inside the square circle*. The order is not based on popularity on the big screen or achievements in sport.

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Jonny Lee Miller
  • Idris Elba
  • Warren Brown

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Prior becoming the Hollywood super star, Belgian Jean-Claude Van Damme, 58, has earned the 18-1-0 record in Full Contact. “Kickboxer” competed in the original style of kickboxing, which evolved from Karate. Although there is no much video footage of his bouts, the 1979 fight of JCVD has been caught on tape.

Mickey Rourke

Another Hollywood celebrity who has thrown punches inside the ring for quite some time is American Mickey Rourke, 66. As an amateur boxer he won 27 out of 30 bouts in total. As a pro he recorded 6-0-2, 5 KO. Furthermore, he has competed internationally, in such countries as Germany, Spain and Japan.

Jonny Lee Miller

English actor Jonny Lee Miller made his Muay Thai debut this past February in New York City. At the age of 46 he went through the ropes for the second time following an exhibition matchup last year. He won the fight by knockout in the third round.

Idris Elba

46-year-old Idris Elba, also from England, has become a fighter in 2016 under the patronage of former light-welterweight world champion Kieran Keddle. The Discovery Channel produced documentary covered the actor completing a 12-month training prior he entered the ring and won kickboxing fight by TKO at the York Hall in London.

Warren Brown

The third English actor on the list is Warren Brown, 41. He has become world light welterweight champion at the age of 21, a few years after he was already acting. Brown won the title against the defending champion Carlo Barbuto (today promoter of Thai Boxe Mania in Turin, Italy).

*If you know any prominent actor who has as well become (or was) a fighter, feel free to drop a comment below.


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