In the 90s, action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal were at the top of their games. Now both stars have gone their respective paths. Van Damme just made the incredible JCVD spoofing his fall from grace. While Seagal goes through the motions starring in Eastern Europeon factory films. Mind you he does have a surprisingly addictive reality show (Steven Seagal Lawman) following him and his giant ego around his part time job as a New Orleans Police man.
But thirteen years ago the two almost knocked heads. Apparently Seagal was going around telling everyone that he could kick Van Damme’s ass. This pissed off Van Damme immensely and a Hollywood feud was born. It got so bad that Sylvester Stallone threw a party in 1997 at his Miami home to settle the dispute. Stallone has been quoted as saying, “At a party in my home … Van Damme was tired of Seagal claiming he could kick his ass so he offered Seagal outside into my back yard,
Seagal made his excuses and left. But Van Damme, who was berserk, tracked him down at a nightclub and offered him out again. Van Damme was too strong. Seagal wanted none of it,” Stallone said.
The fight never happened and as time progressed both fell from the A-list. But the almost altercation still comes up some times. Here on a French talk show Van Damme does a spot on imitation of Stallone hosting the 1997 party:
While on Steven Seagal: Lawman Seagal does his best to deny anything ever transpired between the two.
How the fight would have looked:
Channel 5 had a movie special where they have one movie from Van Damm and one from Seagal and see who wins in the ratings. The promo mashups were kinda funny:
In the end though it was Seagal who won by views:
And the winner is … Seagal! You might know him from films such as Pistol Whipped, Mercenary For Justice, Flight of Fury, Hard To Kill, or the far superior Out For A Kill, which averaged 1.5 million viewers on Five. Van Damme’s efforts in The Shepherd, Until Death, Kickboxer, Inferno, JCVD – which Monkey thought was a make of television – and Second In Command (if Van Damme’s second, who’s first?) averaged 1.2 million. Take that, so-called muscles from Brussels!
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Hahahaha! All those vids were hilarious. The last one in particular.
He does a pretty good stallon right?
Oh and …wonder WHERE you heard about this one??
Hat tip to Gaijinass
Just as I thought. Segal, a good martial artist, is not as good as Van Damme. I remember Segal saying on the Arsenio Hall show that Van Damme was a fake and in the martial arts community, they all know “who’s who in the zoo”. Well I thought Segal was right. Then today I looked up Van Damme’s record as a professional fighter and he is 20-2 and all his wins came by knockout. His two losses by decision. I looked up Segal’s professional fighting record and found nothing, because he was never a pro fighter. So yes Van Damme would probably have beat the crap out of Segal. Segal also told the lie that he worked for the CIA and stuff. Turns out he made it all up.
Frankly….it’s ridiculous this debate exists but whatever. I at one point owned a pair of MC hammer pants, so who am I?
Seagal is not “pro” because he does Aikido. There is no “pro” “contest” for Aikido. Originally, Aikijujitsu was likely one of the most dangerous combat systems on earth and after the founder of it was convicted as a WAR CRIMINAL after WW2, he had to turn over a new leaf and ShaZaam! we have friendly happy Aikido. The way of love and pussy faces.
Seagal however, learned Aikido in Osaka back in the day and he was notorious, in fact still is, for hurting people. He is a big man who is exceptionally fast and can snap limbs. Also, for whatever reason, likely just some sick ass infatuation, he has become an excellent marksman. Whatever. Comparing these two is like trying to decide whats more fun, shitting in condoms or using a grappling hook; both are really good fun and we shouldn’t waste time trying to settle a dispute based totally on OPINIONS.
A thought experiment: Dark alley and for some reason you’re wearing panties and a sun dress, which one would you rather not have to fight your way through to freedom and heterosexuality? In my case, Seagal. I easily prefer knuckling up with the muscles from Brussels before I have to fight Hard to Kill.
Steven is the world fighter of number one and no more dump words are to say