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!“