Cody Garbrandt, former bantamweight champion lost his title to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217, shortly after, Garbrandt and Urijah Faber welcomed actor Jean-Claude Van Damme to their Team Alpha Male (TAM) gym in Sacramento, California.
The Belgian actor Van Damme accidentally kicked him in the teeth, causing an angry Garbrandt to leave the cage — and eventually the gym — to avoid starting a confrontation.
As per Garbrandt, after he left the cage with a busted lip and in a hot sweat, Van Damme promptly dropped to his knees and started crying, “My champion!” in a sorry tone.
Even though Garbrandt and Jean-Claude Van Damme are friends, Garbrandt said that if they were ever in a real fight,
“I’d rip his f—ing head off.”
The footage of their fight showed up soon after, and while Garbrandt says the two are composed now, he still wants to be fair about who’d win in a real fight.
Certainly, Garbrandt has all the benefits in a possible MMA fight against actor Van Damme. But Jean Claude still kicked him right in the face, and it’ll never get old nagging him of that at every opportunity.