If you told me two tough guy nerdlebrities had thrown down in a comic-con green room, I’d think. “Ya right.”
Until there’s video.
The Blast reports that it all went down at the La Mole Comic Con in Mexico City this weekend. In one corner, Jason David Frank, 44, and former Green Power Ranger, and frequent comic con guest. In the other corner, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 57, sometime Expendable and former world kickboxing champ. It seems the duo were hanging out in the green room, but instead of enjoying the roasted veggie wraps like sensible people, a more than 20-year old grudge was resurrected.
Green claims he was asked to take a picture with Van Damme – which was odd because the two already had beef from….1995, when Green alleges JCVD was rude to him at the Mighty Morphin’ POwer Rangers movie premiere.
Green had previously attempted to settle the score by calling out JCVD in 2010, when Frank was an MMA fighter.
But back to La Mole. You won’t believe what happened next!
Frank tells us JC approached him with cameras rolling and demanded Frank apologize for calling him out in 2010 and said if he wanted a fight, “Let’s throw down.”
You can see the aggression in the video as the two stars beef up on each other, waiting for someone to throw the first punch. Frank even name drops his buddy Chuck Zito, who legendarily KO’d Van Damme at a topless bar in the 90s.
Van Damme and Frank both agreed to an MMA-style brawl and the Power Ranger grabbed the action star and put him in a headlock against the wall.
It was over before it even started — Frank says Van Damme froze up, seemingly surprised Frank was actually trying to fight him.
You can see the two fighting over fellow tough guy Chuck Zito in the video – which you can only see here on The Blast. The footage doesn’t include the headlock, but, if you ask me, JDF seems to be more of the aggressor, maybe trying to settle the score of that long ago MMPR snub.
On his FB page, Frank played up the squabble, writing:
People told me to never meet your heroes because they will disappoint you. It’s unfortunate that this happened in 1995. Despite the fact, I’ll always be a big fan of his movies. I’m not holding a grudge. I think it’s better to be professional and offer to fight in the cage not at a comic con. If your a fan, still be a fan. Do not let this alter your opinion. For me, I enjoyed the heck out of my fans at La Mole Comic Con and that is what feeds my fire. I thought you should all hear it from me rather then seeing it online. By the way, Bloodsport is still a classic film haha
Idea, how about you NOT fight and just act like grownups?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.