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Jean Claude Van Damme passes title of “World’s Most Awesome Fighter” to Fedor

It has been 20 years since Jean Claude Van Damme earned the title of best fighter in the universe by defeating Chong Li in the finals of the Kumite. But in light of Fedor Emelianenko’s stunning defeat of the unstoppable giant Hong Man Choi, JCVD (as he is known to friends and fans) has made the decision to pass the title onwards to this new generation of fighters.

“I am happy to say I have finally found another fighter worthy of my title,” said Jean Claude on New Year’s Eve. “For over 20 years I have been renown throughout the world as the Most Awesome Fighter in the Universe. Now it is time to step down and give my position to the new unstoppable force, Fedor Emelianenko!”

Does this mean that the mighty Van Damme has retired? “Yes, it could be” mused Van Damme. “There was some talk of having me fight Fedor before passing on the title of world’s greatest, but I thought I had held it long enough and it was time to let someone new into the spotlight.”

The change marks a tumultuous end to Jean Claude’s title as the world’s greatest fighter. Throughout the 80s and 90s Jean Claude faced stiff competition like Bolo Yeung, Dolph Lundgren, Lance Henriksen, his own evil twin, Raul Julia, the entire cast of Street Fighter, and Bill Goldberg.

But in the past few years his list of opponents has dwindled as he has faced farcical competition again and again in direct to DVD flops. This has led to many people questioning Jean Claude’s title as the Most Awesome Fighter in the Universe.

“This marks the beginning of a new era for the World’s Most Awesome Fighter in the Universe,” said Monte Cox, Fedor’s manager or something. “We will not hide behind politics or business plans in order to protect Fedor. He will fight the strongest fighters in the world. In fact, we have just travelled through time to find the best heavyweight in history: Pedro Rizzo from 2001!

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  • Big D D

    I am glad you removed your tongue from Jake’s ass and put in firmly back in your cheek!

  • márcio

    I thought Van Damme was dead. When I saw him at Yeronoka I got myself wondering when will he make is MMA debut.
    I also though he was way to happy huging Fedor. I’d never turn my back to him if I was the russian champion.

  • Ben

    That weird wink thing at the end is gayer than Yoshihiro Nakao and Crazy Horse getting it on pre-fight.


    yeah the look in JCVD eyes is just disturbing.

  • Keith

    That is so beyond gay I’m not even sure what to say about it.

  • riley

    I thought 2008 was finally going to be the year where Fedor cemented his legacy by defeating Frank Dux, guess we’ll have to settle for Couture but it just won’t be the same. Damn you Dux why did you have to fall in love with Fedor?!!

  • jaydog

    delicious! homoeroticism breaks out of the subtext of MMA

  • Lifer

    tell me you wouldn’t melt in your SPRAWL shorts if jean claude gave you the infamous belgian eye..

  • Leland Roling

    Van Damme may have lost his title when Chuck Zito KTFO’d his ass.

  • Amy Robinson

    ah no, don’t skim off of mma mania, FL. leave that shit to mma junkie.

  • fightlinker

    To be fair, the gif comes from forums, not mma mania. And the whole rest of it comes from my braaaaaaaain

  • MacDaddy

    In Belgium, much like ancient Greece it is normal for a fighter to take a lover from amongst his comrades in arms…

    ….and cornhole the bejesus out of him.

  • DannyP72

    Chong Li could take Fedor no problem. I mean look at the size of his pecs!

  • dulljake

    That was the worlds softest man hug. It’s hypnotizing…

  • dulljake

    and that wink….wow….

  • Tommy

    I don’t get why everyone reveres Van Damme so much. The guy can’t even fight in real life. I know you mean it as a joke FL but it seems to me people like Fedor and CroCop take him seriously.

  • fightlinker

    I’m sure lots of MMA fighters were inspired as kids to train because of guys like Jean Claude Van Damme.

  • Swedish guy

    Man, if Rob Lowe and Arnold Schwarzenegger had a baby, he’d look like van Damme in the above gif, and be about just as gay.

  • Accomando

    They’ve been dating since Bo-Dog Fight St. Petersburg.

    Jean was on hand to see his boy-toy fedor yet again force another mans arm into his crotch.

  • natureboy

    that’s hot.

  • Mobb Deep

    Van Damme made his MMA debut in Lion Heart and he totally kicked ass.

  • Swedish guy

    Van Damme hasn’t looked that gay since he was in this one:

  • jjdnb

    WTF is it with this “Travel in Time for Rizzo of 2001″ WTF is this guy talking about with time travel?
    Did he really find a way to travel back in time and get the old Rizzo to fight Fedor?
    And if we want to see it will we have to do some time traveling also?
    And how will the casino’s make bets…what if i was to do some traveling and know the winner and make millions of dollars from betting against the loser?
    Again more bad planing from M-1. Time travel fights will only hurt the sport in the long run

  • P W

    That look at the end says it all: “Meet me at my hotel room after the fight. You don’t need to take a shower. I’ve already got the vaseline”.

  • el feo

    on first viewing, I didn’t notice the gay wink he gives him at the end.

  • fightfan

    JCVD is a fucking homo!!!!! Dont know where I seen it, but there was a you tube link where Van Damme and some other faggot were riding in a car like 2 horny 16 year olds grabbing at each others dick.

    It was an old movie, made very cheaply. I am sure you could find it. Go to you tube and look for it. It is hilarious!!!! Not worth more of my time

  • fightlinker

    I would love it if JCVD was a homosexual. The world needs more awesome celebrity homos that are kicking ass and taking names

  • ShogunNinja

    You mean smacking ass and taking names. haha wow that’s soo gay it makes me shudder. I’m not a phobe but that stuff belongs no where near a ring. That’s for the hotel room

  • RoB

    the real question is who the fuck is the lady in the red dress and why wasnt she the one fighting fedor….oh wait cuz she probably could whoop his ass.

  • fightfan

    Fightlinker…..seriously, look for that old movie clip. You probably will find it on You Tube. It is hilarious. It is like someone spent about $50 and put together a gay movie with JCVD in it.

  • Swedish guy

    Maybe that would be why his first FOUR marriages with women didn’t work out too well. Interesting quote from his wiki though (I wonder who Stashe really is)

    On-screen nudity

    Van Damme has had nude appearances in many of his films, though his nudity has only been shown from the rear. He first appeared nude in Bloodsport, with numerous such appearances in his subsequent films, including a lengthy one in Universal Soldier.

    Van Damme has expressed pride in his body and especially his posterior, often citing the appeal of his body. Van Damme is on record as saying, “If you have a decent body why not show it? I’m very proud of my butt. My close friend Stashe greatly approves of it. He’s a big fan.”

  • victorpoprock

    Wow that is the gayyyyest fucking thing I have ever seen in a ring! If Fedor was smart he would start distancing himself from that sort of behavior. People are gonna start to wonder about him………………not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  • fightlinker

    JCVD + GSP = Gay Hotness

  • MacDaddy

    Fightlinker –

    I agree the world needs more face-stomping homos, but *everyone* expects French guys like Van Damme and Georges St. Pierre to be gay, just because their accents sound kind of fruity and because France hasn’t won a war in 350 years.

    It would be way cooler if someone who was an icon of dumb conservative bully culture came out, say someone whose name rhymes with “Patt Pughes” for instance?

  • Ason

    that was exxtra tender

  • operator

    I think Fedor needed that after such a rough and tumble bout with Hong. JCVD could probly sense this and gave Fedor what he needed right there in the ring for the whole world to see. Their love knows no boundaries.

  • P W

    JCVD played a character simply called “Gay Karate Man” in the 1984 movie Monaco Fever (