UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has copped a kick right in the teeth from veteran action star Jean-Claude Van Damme during a playful sparring session between the two men.
The session saw Garbrandt and Van Damme throwing a series of playful kicks and strikes at each other before Van Damme lets a hook kick go that leaves Garbrandt looking more just a little upset.
“He f*cking kicked me with that heel kick, that hook kick, right in the teeth and I was like ‘Wow…’ and I was like ‘Motherf*cker,’ I was pissed, I was so mad. I was like looking over at Rob and I looked at Jean, and I was like ‘Rob, keep this motherf*cker away from me.’ Kicked me in my teeth dude, kicked me in my teeth dude, just playing around.”
You can hear Van Damme let out a loud curse as the kick lands, and he’s visibly upset and apologises to Garbrandt profusely for accidentally letting the strike land. Van Damme, if you’ve lived under a rock since the 80’s, is world-renowned for his roles in the Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Time Cop films, amongst many others.
“I was pissed like I went black and was like ‘I wanna rip his head off,’ ya know? Then I was like ‘Jean,’ I kept calling him Jean, I didn’t know his name was Jean-Claude because I don’t know that, so I was like well Jean… Claude. Jean. I didn’t know,” said Garbrandt with a giggle.
“Then I walked out of the octagon, it was like late in the place. I looked in the gym and it was f*cked up, like everyone was watching and taking videos. It looked like from outside, it looked like I’d hit him and dropped him and he was crying,” he continued.
“Everyone was like ‘We thought you knocked him out,’ and I was like ‘No, dude kicked me in the face, nearly knocked my teeth out. I had to walk out of there or I would’ve beaten his ass.’ So I walked out of the gym, I leave the gym, and Rob comes with me. I was like ‘Look Rob, I don’t wanna talk to Jean, I don’t want to hang out with him, that was bullsh*t. It is what it is.’ Anyway, we ended up hanging out, turned into a good trip with Jean, I mean Jean-Claude.”
“I didn’t see that kick coming,” finished Garbrandt with a laugh. It seems like it all ended in smiles thankfully, because who could stay mad at a guy as cool as Jean-Claude Van Damme? We just hope Garbrandt remembers to call him by his full name next time! Check out the footage of the kick below and let us know what you think!
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