Thailand’s Olympic featherweight boxing champion Somluck Kamsing will fight international martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme in a K1 MuayThai match in Las Vegas in March although there was another report out of Bangkok that said the showdown would be in October.â†µ
Thai media reported that the earlier story about a possible match between the 38-year-old Atlanta Olympic Games gold medalist and the 49-year-old Hollywood star has been confirmed after the two fighters signed a contract on December 29 in a Bangkok hotel.â†µ
The report said the match will use the muaythai format, although elbows will be disallowed at the request of Van Damme who is an actor and doesn’t want his face cut up or disfigured. Somluck will be paid just over $100,000 which does not include the income from broadcasting.â†µ
Speaking personally, I owe my MMA fanhood in large part to Van Damme's movies. The early UFC events represented the oportunity to see "real Bloodsport" or "real Lionheart" which was appealing to a kid who grew up watching bad VHS copies of said films.â†µ
Unfortunately for JCVD fans, this isn't likely to end well. It's not like the man has been making a living actually getting hit in the face, and he'll be turning 50 the month of the fight. Assuming he doesn't catch Kamsing with a kick he doesn't see coming, it's very likely that even without elbows Jean-Claude's face may take a pretty awful beating.