Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 16 (All MMA Edition 2)

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 02 Jul 2015 | updated - 25 Jan 2019 | Public

This is a list of legitimate martial artists appearing in movies, accompanied by the styles they practice(d), the recognition they've received for them, and individual trivia.

This particular list EXCLUSIVELY includes individuals whose primary activities in the realm of martial arts include MMA competition. Individuals who have competed in MMA but are more authoritative in other sectors can be found in other lists.

Qualifications:

  • the performer must be an actual practitioner of a martial art; simply portraying martial artists in film, no matter how well or how often, is not enough
  • the martial art(s) in question must be able to be identified and verified by a source other than hearsay
  • individual accomplishments (e.g. tournaments won, belts held) must likewise be verifiable
  • Mixed Martial Arts, Tai Chi, and weapons-based styles can only be credited if the person in question practices another style as well (I reserve the right to make exceptions)
  • Kickboxing is considered a martial art
  • Tae Bo, boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics are not considered martial arts
  • styles incorporating firearms usage (e.g. Systema) are not considered


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I credit stunt performers for doubling others in fight scenes. I justify doing this for cases wherein the stunt performer is performing significant parts of the action themselves and is displayed on the screen as prominently or more than the actor or actress.

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NOTE: a lot of the trivia listed here did originally come from IMDb pages, but I've only included information I was able to verify from other sources as well.

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**Though I have done my utmost to ensure that all information below is factual and up-to-date, I may have made mistakes and therefore make no claims about this list's infallibility**

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Many thanks to ANIMELOVERS for recommending entries 35-40.

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1. Holly Holm

Actress | Fight Night

Born October 17, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to parents Roger Holm and Tammy Bredy, Holly Holm is considered to be one of the greatest female boxers of all time. Holm attended Manzano High School where she wanted to take up wrestling, but her parent's wouldn't allow it since there were no ...

Kickboxing (IKF Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (UFC & Legacy FC Champion; record: 10-3)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 33-2-3), having won the WBF, WBAN, WBC, NABF, IFBA, WBA, and IBA championships

Best seen in FIGHT VALLEY

2. Miesha Tate

Actress | Here Without You

Miesha Tate was born on August 18, 1986 in Tacoma, Washington, USA. She is an actress, known for Here Without You, Fight Valley (2016) and Pursued.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt; FILA Silver medalist; World Team Trials National Champion & Silver medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (2-time FCF Champion; UFC & Strikeforce Champion; World MMA Hall of Fame entry; record: 18-7)

Trivia: is the first fighter to have defeated Marloes Coenen in an MMA match

Best seen in FIGHT VALLEY

3. Ronda Rousey

Actress | Furious Seven

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until ...

Judo (4th Dan; Olympic Bronze medalist; 5-time US National Gold medalist; Pan-American Gold [3x], Silver & Bronze medalist; World Championships Silver medalist; Junior World Championships Gold medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (UFC & Strikeforce Champion; record: 12-2)

Trivia: is the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo

Best seen in THE EXPENDABLES 3

4. Rickson Gracie

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

Rickson Gracie is considered one of the greatest Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters in history. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he comes from the legendary fighting Gracie family. Along with brothers Royce, Royler, and Rorion Gracie, and his father Hélio, Rickson Gracie has won countless tournaments ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (8th degree red & white belt), Sambo (2-time Pan-American Champion), Judo, Vale Tudo, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 11-0)

Trivia: claims to be undefeated in 400 fights

Best seen in THE INCREDIBLE HULK

5. Wanderlei Silva

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Wanderlei Silva was born on July 3, 1976 in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. He is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) and Nagurimono: Love & Kill (2005).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Muay Thai, Vale Tudo, Mixed Martial Arts (PRIDE & IVC Champion record: 35-12-1)

Trivia: among others, he holds the record for most wins in PRIDE FC history (22)

Best seen in NAGURIMONO

6. Alistair Overeem

Actor | Amsterdam Heavy

Originally from Hounslow, England, Alistair Cees Overeem spent most of his life in Holland. Along with his older brother, Valentijn Overeem, Alistair was brought by his mother to Holland at age 6 after she and their father divorced. Alistair's interest in combat sports began at 15, when Valentijn ...

Kickboxing (K-1 World GP Champion; record: 10-4), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts (Strikeforce, 2H2H & DREAM Champion; record: 43-16 [1])

Trivia: is the only professional fighter to simultaneously hold championships in the Strikeforce, K-1, and DREAM organizations

Best seen in AMSTERDAM HEAVY

7. Pat Miletich

Actor | The Death and Life of Bobby Z

Pat Miletich was born on March 9, 1968 in Bettendorf, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on Bobby Z (2007), Combat Fighting Championships (2007) and Where Are They Now? (2016).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Champion; record: 29-7-2)

Trivia: is an MMA proponent, having debated politicians over the sport's legality

Best seen in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF BOBBY Z

8. Torrey Vogel

Stunts | Logan

Torrey Vogel is known for his work on Logan (2017), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Hotel Artemis (2018).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-0)

Trivia: is a former SWAT member

Best seen in CINEMA SERIES

9. Daniel Cormier

Writer | Detail

Daniel Cormier, a relatively short Heavyweight, has met success against bigger opponents in freestyle wrestling and later in Mixed Martial Arts. Cormier was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where he was raised by his mother and stepfather. Cormier became a pro wrestling fan by age 10, which he ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (brown belt), Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Champion; record: 17-1)

Trivia: is also an amateur wrestler, having been captain of the US Olympic Team

Best seen in MANTERVENTION

10. Ian Freeman

Actor | Sucker Punch

Ian Freeman was born on November 10, 1966 in Sunderland, England. He is an actor, known for Sucker Punch (2008), Hell to Pay (2005) and UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 3 (2004).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Vale Tudo, Mixed Martial Arts (Cage Rage Champion; record: 20-7-1)

Trivia: began studying Jiu-Jitsu after a 20-minute street fight made him seek a more efficient fighting style

Best seen in SUCKER PUNCH

11. Rafael Cordeiro

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Rafael Cordeiro is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012), Fight Night and Fontanarrosa, a Real Idol (2017).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 4-2)

Trivia: is the owner of the Kings Muay Thai MMA facility of California

Best seen in HERE COMES THE BOOM

12. Ed Herman

Self | UFC on Fox

Ed Herman was born on October 2, 1980 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for UFC on Fox (2011), The Ultimate Fighter (2005) and UFC on ESPN (2019).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Mixed Martial Arts (SportFight, Desert Brawl & Ring Wars Champion; record: 23-11)

Trivia: is a 2-time UFC Fight of the Night winner

Best seen in LEVERAGE

13. Satoshi Ishii

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Satoshi Ishii is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012), Keitai Ura Site: Kuchisake-onna (2010) and Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 (2012).

Judo (Olympic Gold medalist; 2-time All Japan Champion; JWC Gold medalist; Japanese National Team member), Mixed Martial Arts (IGF Champion; record: 14-5-1)

Trivia: began training in Judo as a 5th grader

Best seen in HERE COMES THE BOOM

14. K.J. Noons

Self | UFC on Fox

K.J. Noons is married to Melany Denyse.

Kenpo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Sanshou (ISKA Champion; US Open International & Art of War Champion; record: 13-1), Mixed Martial Arts (EliteXC Champion; record: 13-9)

Trivia: began competing in Kickboxing after repeatedly being disqualified from Karate competition

Best seen in MANTERVENTION

15. Donald Cerrone

Actor | The Equalizer 2

Donald Cerrone was born on March 29, 1983 in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. He is an actor, known for The Equalizer 2 (2018), Spenser Confidential (2020) and The Outlaw Johnny Black.

Kickboxing (record: 13-0), Muay Thai (S-1 Champion; record: 28-0), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 29-7)

Trivia: is a 3-time UFC Knockout of the Night winner

Best seen in JUSTIFIED

16. Christopher Collins

Actor | So duk

Christopher Collins is known for his work on The White Storm (2013), Chek dou (2015) and Wolf Warrior (2015).

Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-1)

Trivia: is a former US Marine

Best seen in THE WHITE STORM

17. Matt Lindland

Soundtrack | 21 & Over

Matt Lindland was born on May 17, 1970 in Milwaukie, Oregon, USA. He is known for his work on 21 & Over (2013), No Rules (2005) and New York Minute (2004).

Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 22-9)

Trivia: is also an Olympian, having won a Silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Olympics

Best seen in LEVERAGE

18. Mark Muñoz

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Mark Muñoz is an actor, known for Here Comes the Boom (2012), Lumpia: With a Vengeance (2020) and The Boy Who Saved Christmas (1998).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 14-6)

Trivia: is also an amateur wrestler and former FILA and NCAA Champion

Best seen in HERE COMES THE BOOM

19. Egan Inoue

Actor | Blood of the Samurai 2

Egan Inoue is an actor, known for Blood of the Samurai 2 (2007), Hawaii Five-0 (2010) and Blood of the Samurai: The Series (2004).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 13-8)

Trivia: is also a professional racquetball player and 2-time RWC Champion

Best seen in BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI 2

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-5-1)

Trivia: fought Rickson Gracie after unsuccessfully challenging him to a pro wrestling match

21. Roy Nelson

Actor | Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Cimarron-Memorial High School, where he competed in wrestling, football, and baseball. Nelson began training in Ark Wong's Ng Ga Kuen Shaolin Kung Fu when he was around 16 years old. Nelson worked briefly as a warehouse worker in 1999. Nelson ...

Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Roi Kan Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Mixed Martial Arts (IFL Champion; record: 21-12)

Trivia: was motivated to study the martial arts by watching THE KARATE KID and AMERICAN NINJA

Best seen in THE SCORPION KING 4

22. James Thompson

Actor | Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz

James Thompson is an actor, known for Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013), EliteXC Saturday Night Fights (2008) and Elite XC (2007).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 20-16)

Trivia: is a professional bodybuilder

Best seen in OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ

23. Cassie Crisano

Cassie Crisano is known for her work on Fight Valley (2016).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-2)

Trivia: is also an amateur wrestler and 4-time NCAA Puerto Rico National Champion

Best seen in FIGHT VALLEY

24. Sylvester 'Bear' Terkay

Actor | In the House

1993 NCAA Division I National Champion at Heavyweight for North Carolina State. Sylvester took 2nd at the NCAA championship in 1992 to future Olympic Champion and WWE superstar Kurt Angle (Angle Weight 210 lbs. and Terkey was 285 lbs. and their picture was featured in SI) He was a 3x All-American ...

Kickboxing (record: 0-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-1)

Trivia: is also a former NCAA wrestling champion

Best seen in MUAY THAI GIANT

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; Brazilian National Gold [3x] & Bronze medalist; WJJC Gold, Silver [4x] & Bronze medalist; Pan-American Silver medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 5-4-1)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

26. Jerry Brenneman

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Jerry Brenneman was born on November 21, 1959 in Tampa, Florida, USA as William Jerome Brenneman. He is an actor, known for WCW Saturday Night (1985), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WCW Thunder (1998).

HONORARY ENTRY

Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and shoot fighter

27. Jonathan Eusebio

Stunts | Black Panther

Jonathan Eusebio was born on September 15, 1973 as Jonathan Raymond Eusebio. He is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), 300 (2006) and John Wick (2014).

Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Shooto, Vale Tudo, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: is a former member of the 87eleven Fight Design team

Best seen in NEVER BACK DOWN

28. Angelo Antuna

Actor | Gutshot Straight

Angelo Antuna is an actor, known for Gutshot Straight (2014) and FightZone Presents (2007).

Judo, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 8-2)

Trivia: is the owner of the AnRchy Training Facility

Best seen in GUTSHOT STRAIGHT

29. Seth Petruzelli

Actor | Rockabilly Zombie Weekend

Seth Petruzelli was born on December 3, 1979 in Cape Coral, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for Rockabilly Zombie Weekend (2013), Pit Fight (2004) and EliteXC Saturday Night Fights (2008).

Karate (3rd Dan; US National Champion), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; US Open Absolute Grappling Champion), Kickboxing (record: 0-3), Mixed Martial Arts (KOTC & Cage Wars Champion; record: 14-8)

Trivia: is the owner of the Knockout Fitness chain of Arizona

Best seen in ROCKABILLY ZOMBIE WEEKEND

30. Paulo Silva

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Brazilian basketball player, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist as the Giant Silva. He played for the Brazilian National Basketball Team in the preliminaries for the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He signed with WWE in late 1997 and trained under Dory Funk Jr. and Tom Prichard. He wrestled for...

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-6)

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Ralek and Ricardo Gracie

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo (4-time All Japan Junior Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-3-2)

Trivia: was also a professional wrestler and a shoot wrestler, having performed for the World Japan and Battlearts federations

32. Vernon White

Self | Ken Shamrock Presents: Valor Fighting - No Holds Barred

Vernon White was born on December 3, 1971 in East Palo Alto, California, USA as Vernon Verdell White.

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Odori Kumo, Kanjukenbo, Mixed Martial Arts (IFC & KotC Champion; Pan-Am Games Pankration & World Pankration Games Gold medalist; record: 26-33-2)

Trivia: was trained in grappling by Ken Shamrock

33. Tony Fryklund

Actor | Sector 4

Tony Fryklund is an actor, known for Sector 4: Extraction (2014), Jens Pulver: Driven (2011) and Elite XC (2007).

Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Shotokan Karate, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 14-9-1)

Trivia: formerly competed in amateur Kickboxing

Best seen in SECTOR 4: EXTRACTION

34. Mitsuya Nagai

Actor | Tokyo Joshi Pro

Mitsuya Nagai is an actor, known for Tokyo Joshi Pro (2014), AJPW Samurai TV (2000) and NJPW Samurai TV (2002).

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 8-6)

Trivia: applied as a professional wrestler at age 16, but was told by the promoter to finish school first

35. Shayna Andrea Baszler

Actress | Entourage

is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE where she performs in their developmental territory NXT. She formerly trained under former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett.

Baszler gained recognition for her pseudo-chicken wing submission that she has used...

HONORARY ENTRY

Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (brown belt), Mixed Martial Arts (FCF & TCI Champion; record: 15-10)

Trivia: is also a pro wrestler and 3-time world champion

36. Elvis Sinosic

Actor | Gods of Egypt

Elvis Sinosic was born on February 13, 1971 in Sydney, Australia. He is an actor, known for Gods of Egypt (2016), UFC 55: Fury (2005) and UFC 70: Nations Collide (2007).

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt), Jeet Kune Do, Silat, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Kickboxing, Judo, Jujitsu, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 7-11-2)

Trivia: is the owner of the Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts Academy of Sydney, Australia

Best seen in GODS OF EGYPT

37. Yukio Sakaguchi

Actor | Lady Ninja: Aoi kage

Yukio Sakaguchi is an actor, known for Lady Ninja: A Blue Shadow (2018) and Kamui (2009).

Judo (2nd Dan), Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 6-7)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler, ranked #285 in the PWI 500

Best seen in KAMUI GAIDEN

38. Fabricio Werdum

Actor | Fight Night

Fabricio Werdum was born on July 30, 1977 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is an actor, known for Fight Night, Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) and Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2nd degree black belt; IBJJF Gold [4x], Silver & Bronze [2x] medalist; Pan-American Gold [4x], Silver & Bronze medalist; ADCC Gold [2x], Silver [2x] & Bronze [2x] medalist), Judo, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Champion; record: 21-6-1)

Trivia: began studying the martial arts after being rendered unconscious in a fight by a Jiu-Jitsu technique

Best seen in KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE

39. Charmaine Tweet

Actress | Four Months Until Fight Day

Charmaine Tweet is an actress, known for Four Months Until Fight Day (2017), Chokehold (2019) and Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith (2013).

Muay Thai (IFMA & IKF Champion; record: 10-1-1), Mixed Martial Arts (Prestige FC Champion; record: 9-5)

Trivia: trained in Muay Thai under Duke Roufus

Best seen in CHOKEHOLD

40. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Actor | Athena: Jeonjaeng-ui Yeoshin

Yoshihiro Akiyama a.k.a. Choo Sung-Hoon in both Korean and Japan, is a fourth-generation Korean-Japanese MMA (Mixed Martial Artist), television celebrity and actor in both South Korea and his home country of Japan. Born to Korean-Japanese "zainichi" parents in Osaka, Japan in 1975, he was raised in...

Judo (3rd Dan; AJC & Asian Games Gold medalist; 2-time All-Japan Champion; Paris & Japan International Champion; Pusan Asia, Kodokan Cup & East Asian Games Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (HERO'S Champion; record: 14-6)

Trivia: names Mike Tyson as his personal inspiration

Best seen in ATHENA: GODDESS OF WAR

HONORARY ENTRY

Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 19-27)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

42. Chael Sonnen

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

Chael Sonnen was born on April 3, 1977 in West Linn, Oregon, USA as Chael Patrick Sonnen. He is known for his work on Here Comes the Boom (2012), Meet Dave (2008) and Grudge Match (2013). He is married to Brittany. They have one child.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Mixed Martial Arts (Gladiator Challenge, HFP, DangerZone & Rumble at the River Champion; record: 28-14-1)

Trivia: is also an amateur wrestler and Silver medalist at the World University Championships

Best seen in HERE COMES THE BOOM

43. Manabu Nakanishi

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Manabu Nakanishi was born on January 22, 1967 in Kyoto, Japan. He is an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), Tokyo Serendipity (2007) and Out & Out (2018). He has been married to Diane Chang since February 1, 2002. They have three children.

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: is also a former amateur wrestler and AWC Bronze medalist

44. Kazuhiro Nakamura

Actor | Happî randingu

Kazuhiro Nakamura is an actor, known for Happy Landing (2015), Dream 15: Light Heavyweight GP Opening Round (2010) and Dream. 17 (2011).

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo (3rd Dan), Mixed Martial Arts (DEEP Champion; record: 21-13)

Trivia: also studies boxing

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 14-25-1)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Mixed Martial Arts (DREAM & Pancrase Tournament Champion; record: 60-41-8)

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under the Brazilian Top Team

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 24-25-1)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

48. Barrington Patterson

Actor | The Red Mosquito

Barrington Patterson is known for his work on The Red Mosquito, The Guvnors (2014) and The Middle Man.

Kickboxing (WAKO Bronze medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (WIPU Champion; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry; record: 4-4)

Trivia: auditioned for the GLADIATORS TV show in the 1990s

Best seen in THE GUVNORS

49. Yumiko Hotta

Actress | Mid Summer Typhoon

Yumiko Hotta is an actress, known for Mid Summer Typhoon (1992), AJW Samurai TV (2002) and Mecha mecha iketeru! (1996).

HONORARY ENTRY

Kyokushin Karate, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 5-5)

Trivia: is also a pro wrestler and 15-time champion

50. Yoshihiro Takayama

Actor | Silence

Yoshihiro Takayama is synonymous with the word tough. Growing up in Japan, he pursued a career in rugby and from there he moved on to the world of professional wrestling. At 6' 5" and 253 lbs the imposing Takayama wreaked havoc in the pro wrestling ranks. Among his signature moves, the "Everest" ...

Kendo, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-4)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and a musician, having recorded his own entrance music

Best seen in MUSCLE HEAT

51. Naoya Ogawa

Actor | The Wolverine

Naoya Ogawa is an actor, known for The Wolverine (2013), Golden Bowl (2002) and Bengoshi no kuzu (2006).

Judo (Olympic Silver medalist; WJC Gold [4x] & Bronze [3x] medalist; Asian Games Gold medalist; AJC Gold medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 7-2)

Trivia: is the youngest competitor to medal in the World Judo Championships

Best seen in THE WOLVERINE

52. Tim Sylvia

Stunts | Halloween II

Tim Sylvia was born on March 5, 1976 in Ellsworth, Maine, USA as Timothy Deane Sylvia. He is known for his work on Halloween II (2009), No Way Out and Bobby Z (2007).

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Mixed Martial Arts (2-time UFC Champion; PWP & ISKA Champion; record: 31-10 [1])

Trivia: is also a part-time police officer

53. Shinobu Kandori

Actress | Akihabara@Deep

Shinobu Kandori was born on October 30, 1964 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. She is an actress, known for Akihabara@Deep (2006), Silver - shirubaa (1999) and Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars (1991).

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo (WJC Bronze medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 4-1)

Trivia: is also a politician and former member of Japan's House of Councillors

54. Dave Legeno

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A twin fisted existentialist, whose post-Nietzschian sensibilities reject the lantern of the cynic in a quest for a sun that leaves no shadow. He attended Dr Challoners Grammar School where he achieved 8 'o' levels, he then elected to work on demolition sites rather than continue his education to ...

Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 4-3)

Trivia: also practiced boxing and wrestling

Best seen in COMMAND PERFORMANCE

55. Sean McCorkle

Self | Bellator Fighting Championships

Was a Professional Wrestler.

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 17-7)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

56. Royler Gracie

Actor | World Record Pizza

Royler Gracie was born on December 6, 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an actor, known for World Record Pizza (2006), Fight Quest (2007) and Choke (1999). He is married to Verinha. They have four children.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (7th degree red & black belt; WJJC Gold [4x] & Bronze medalist; 3-time ADCC Gold medalist; 2-time Pan-American Gold medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 5-5-1)

Trivia: is also an author, having published three instructional books

Best seen in WORLD RECORD PIZZA

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo, Sumo, Mixed Martial Arts (2-time RINGS Champion; 32-13-3)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler, ranked #98 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in 2003 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo (All Japan Gold medalist; Fukuoka International Bronze medalist), Muay Thai, Kickboxing (record: 1-10-1 [1]), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 19-23)

Trivia: also holds a 1-1 record in submission grappling

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing (record: 2-3), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 20-10 [1])

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

60. Soa Palelei

Actor | Son of a Gun

Soa Palelei is an actor, known for Son of a Gun (2014), Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops (2015) and Outlaws (2017).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; Australian National Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (XMMA, K-Oz, AFC & IKBF Champion; record: 22-5)

Trivia: is also an amateur wrestler and former member of the Australian Olympic Team

Best seen in ZOMBIE NINJAS VS BLACK OPS

61. Bernard Ackah

Actor | Tokyo Tribe

Bernard Ackah was born on April 9, 1972 in Bonn, Germany. He is an actor, known for Tokyo Tribe (2014), Kamen Rider Wizard (2012) and Kamen Rider Drive (2014).

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (record: 2-4), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 5-6)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

Best seen in KAMEN RIDER WIZARD

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing (record: 2-4-1), Mixed Martial Arts (Smackgirl Champion; record: 15-12-2)

Trivia: is often credited as the first Japanese woman to compete in mixed martial arts

63. Akira Maeda

Actor | Yawara!

Akira Maeda is an actor, known for Yawara! (1989), The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985) and Midnight Journal (1990).

HONORARY ENTRY

Kyokushin & Shindo Muso-Ryu Karate (8th & 2nd Dan), Shorinji Kenpo, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 7-5)

Trivia: reportedly beat up four US soldiers during an altercation in Roppongi

HONORARY ENTRY

Sumo (Makuuchi [14x], Makushita [2x] & Jūryō Champion; record: 673–234–85)

Trivia: is also a former pro wrestler

65. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka

Self | UFC: Ultimate Brazil

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka was born on March 6, 1970.

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt [honorary]), TK Jiu-Jitsu (founder), Mixed Martial Arts (Pancrase & Lumux Cup Champion; record:27-20-2)

Trivia: is the founder and head instructor of the Alliance Square martial arts studio

66. Rodney Glunder

Actor | Jack Walker

Rodney Glunder is an actor, known for Jack Walker, Suriname (2020) and Hallo Bungalow (2015).

Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt), Kickboxing (ISKA, K-1 Canarias & IKBO Champion; record: 17-12), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 6-time RINGS Champion; CFC Champion; 25-20-3 [1])

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

Best seen in VECHTERSHART

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing (record: 2-6-1), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 24-25-9)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and NJPW Young Generation Cup winner

HONORARY ENTRY

Seidokaikan Karate, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Tournament Champion; record: 5-12-2)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

69. Phil Baroni

Stunts | Oz

Phil Baroni was born on April 16, 1976 in Long Island, New York, USA as Philip George Baroni. He is known for his work on Oz (1997), LIE (2017) and One Night Only: GFW Amped Anthology (2017).

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 16-18)

Trivia: is also an amateur boxer (record: 10-0)

70. Jushin Liger

Actor | Stampede Wrestling

Jushin Liger was born on November 10, 1964 in Hiroshima, Japan as Keiichi Yamada. He is an actor, known for Stampede Wrestling (1957), NJPW Dominion 6.11 (2017) and WCW Saturday Night (1985). He has been married to Jane Lee since January 14, 2002. They have two children.

Taijutsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: is a former amateur wrestler, having competed at the collegiate level

Best seen in FIST OF THUNDER

71. Mavrick Von Haug

Actor | Boone: The Bounty Hunter

Mavrick Von Haug is known for his work on Boone: The Bounty Hunter (2017), Beckman (2020) and Do You Believe? (2015).

Kickboxing (record: 0-3), Mixed Martial Arts (Kage Kombat Champion; record: 8-5-1)

Trivia: owns and operates Mavrick's Ultimate Training Center in San Pedro, California

Best seen in REVELATION ROAD

72. Joraima Tromp

Actress | Vechtershart

Joraima Tromp is an actress, known for Vechtershart (2015).

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1-1)

Trivia: competes in the bantamweight division

Best seen in VECHTERSHART

73. Stefan Gamlin

Actor | Two for the Money

Stefan Gamlin is an actor, known for Two for the Money (2005) and Inside Wrestling School (2000).

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-3)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

74. Guy Mezger

Actor | Serum

Guy Mezger was born on January 1, 1968 in Houston, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Serum (2006), Pros and Cons: A Fantasy Football Movie (2013) and UFC 25 Years in Short (2018).

Judo, Kyokushin Karate (6th Dan; 2-time WFC Champion; record: 42-1), Kickboxing (WKC & US National Champion; record: 22-3), Mixed Martial Arts (3-time King of Pancrase; UFC 13 Tournament Champion; record: 30-14-2)

Trivia: thwarted an instance of physical assault in 2011 by fighting (and defeating) a knife-wielding man attacking a woman

Best seen in WALKER: TEXAS RANGER



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