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Light Heavyweight
Stefan Latescu (16-2, 7 KO) def. Pascal Touré (18-6, 6 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 5). 
Firstly, Badr Hari withdrew from his fight with James McSweeney on compassionate grounds due to the Moroccan earthquake disaster. GLORY will donate all profits from the event to a charity in Morocco to help with all those affected. Welterweight
Diaguely Camara (24-4-1, 10 KO) def. Ilyass Chakir (16-4-1, 6 KO) via unanimous decision (30-25 x 5). 
Co-Main Event
Nordine Mahieddine (28-15, 13 KO) def. Abderahmane Coulibaly (65-27-1, 25 KO) via KO (head kick), round 3, In the co-main event, Nordine Mahieddine (28-15, 13 KO) sent the whole arena wild with his devasting head kick knockout victory over Abderahmane Coulibaly (65-27-1, 25 KO) in what will be a KO of the year candidate. Taking its place in the main event was the women’s super bantamweight title fight. America’s Tiffany van Soest (25-6-2, 10 KO) finished Sarah Moussaddak (8-4, 1 KO) with a brutal head kick in the second round. Known as the P4P women’s kickboxing GOAT, the 34-year-old hung up the gloves and called it time on her legendary career.  
Main Event
Super Bantamweight Title
Tiffany van Soest (25-6-2, 10 KO) def. Sarah Moussaddak (8-4, 1 KO) via KO (head kick), round 2, After four years away, GLORY made its triumphant return to France with the sold out GLORY 88 live from the Dome de Paris and it was a night that will go down in history.  Lightweight
James Condé (9-0, 4 KO) def. Jonathan Mayezo (26-8-1, 11 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3, 29-28 x 2). 
GLORY 88 Results Welterweight
Nikola Todorovic (27-3, 14 KO) def. Karim Ghajji (103-18-1, 53 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3, 29-28 x 2). In the opening bouts of the night, James Condé (9-0, 4 KO) remained undefeated and won the battle of France against Jonathan Mayezo (26-8-1, 11 KO), crowd favourite Iliass Hammouche (33-6, 7 KO) beat Florian Kröger (19-10, 6 KO), France’s own Diaguely Camara (24-4-1, 10 KO) looked impressive in his win over Ilyass Chakir (16-4-1, 6 KO). 
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.Featherweight
Denis Wosik (38-8-1, 9 KO) def. Berjan Peposhi (28-4, 16 KO) via split decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2, 28-29 x 2). Middleweight
Iliass Hammouche (33-6, 7 KO) def. Florian Kröger (19-10, 6 KO) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28 x 3). 
Germany’s Denis Wosik (38-8-1, 9 KO) won a hard-fought split decision over Berjan Peposhi (28-4, 16 KO) while Romania’s Stefan Latescu (16-2, 7 KO) and Serbia’s Nikola Todorovic (27-3, 14 KO) made successful starts to life in GLORY with victories over Pascal Touré (18-6, 6 KO) and Karim Ghajji (103-18-1, 53 KO), respectively. 
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5 Best Dutch UFC Fighters of All Time (Ranked 2023)

Height: 6’10” | Reach: Unknown | Stance: Orthodox | Weight Class: HeavyweightThroughout his MMA/UFC career, Alistair Overeem’s main skills are:

Best Dutch UFC Fighters

Gegard Mousasi is a UFC and MMA legend, competing in 60 MMA fights across many of the top MMA promotions by the age of 37.

1. Gegard Mousasi – ‘The Dreamcatcher’ (49-9-2)

Height: 6’4” | Reach: 80” | Stance: Orthodox | Weight Class: HeavyweightHis record, experience, and titles speak for themselves, while his best skills are:Bas Rutten was a three-time Pancrase champion, UFC heavyweight champion, inventor of the Superman punch at UFC 20, and well known for devastating liver shots which even ruptured the liver of his opponent Jason DeLucia.Overall, Alistair Overeem’s one of the most entertaining kickboxers and MMA fighters of all time, and his great skills and remarkable longevity cement his place as one of the best Dutch UFC fighters.In MMA, he was the Openweight King of Pancrase and competed in the UFC and PRIDE.
  • One of the most composed and focused fighters you’ll see fight in MMA, which helps him pick shots and dictate the pace and range of a fight
  • Works behind a very accurate and powerful jab
  • Very patient and technical striker – his well-roundedness means he likes to wait for his opponents to make mistakes
  • Strong wrestling and great ground control where he’s busy with ground-and-pound and advancing positions for potential submissions
  • Strong takedown defense when against the cage
  • Great timing with flurries and muay thai clinch combinations
  • Fearless and entertaining fighter who always looks to finish fights – 28 knockouts and 12 submissions (40) in 49 career wins
Making Semmy Schilt so impressive was his:In kickboxing, he won the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship 4 times and the Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam Championship once, as well as the Glory Heavyweight Championship and the K-1 Super Heavyweight Championship.

2. Alistair Overeem – ‘The Demolition Man’ (47-19-1NC)

Stefan Struve made his MMA debut at 17 years old and compiled a 16-2 record to earn a UFC contract in 2009. He’s the tallest UFC fighter of all time, standing just shy of 7 feet tall, and is joint second with Jon Jones for the longest reach in UFC history.Are you wondering who the best Dutch UFC fighters of all time are?Stefan Struve’s best skills are:
  • Huge experience – Overeem has been fighting professionally in MMA since 1999 and has nearly 70 MMA fights
  • Dominant Muay Thai clinch in terms of control and landing powerful knees and elbows
  • Elite kickboxing and Muay Thai striking technique and accuracy combined with power and speed
  • High finishing prowess – 42 of his 47 wins were finishes (25 Knockouts and 17 Submissions)
  • Well-rounded to the point of having no weakness
  • Energy efficient with his movement and techniques
He’s a former two-time Bellator middleweight champion, DREAM light heavyweight champion, DREAM middleweight champion, Cage Warriors Middleweight champion, and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion – making him one of the most decorated MMA fighters of all time.Here are the 5 best Dutch UFC fighters, ranked starting with the best.

3. Stefan Struve – ‘The Skyscraper’ (29-13)

Despite his talent, height, and reach advantage, Stefan Struve was an inconsistent fighter who compiled a 13-11 UFC record. Struve found it hard to recover once hurt (glass jaw), and unfortunately, toward the end of his career he found he’d been fighting with a heart defect that affected his conditioning.Despite only compiling a 2-0 UFC record by beating Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Kevin Randleman before retiring in 1999, Bas Rutten became the first European inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame (2015). This speaks to his legendary status and pioneering in the world of MMA.His best wins came against Stipe Miocic (arguably the best UFC heavyweight ever), Antonio Nogueira, and Antonio Silva, while he lost to Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos, Marcin Tybura, Alexander Volkov, Mark Hunt, and Tai Tuivasa.Height: 6’11” | Reach: 84.5” | Stance: Orthodox | Weight Class: Heavyweight
  • One of the most dangerous and active heavyweights on the ground with Bjj due to his long limbs and skill
  • Accurate and long-reaching uppercuts
  • Fast and accurate snap kicks to the body
  • One of the most accurate strikers among UFC heavyweights
  • Great movement and footwork for a fighter so tall
  • Very offensive fighter – in 29 wins he has 26 finishes via 18 submissions and 8 knockouts
Alistair Overeem, aka ‘The Demolition Man’ or simply ‘The Reem’, is another great Dutch UFC fighter and MMA icon. He’s the first fighter to hold kickboxing and MMA world titles simultaneously and is a former K1, DREAM, and Strikeforce heavyweight champion.Bas Rutten’s most notable fighting skills were:

4. Bas Rutten – ‘El Guapo’ (28-4-1)

Semmy Schilt was a fighter who knew how to use his height and long limbs to his advantage, with his reach likely being around 83/84”. It’s a shame he wasn’t in the UFC for a longer period, as he had the skills and experience to become one of the great early UFC fighters.Semmy Schilt is another Dutch UFC fighter who had a very short UFC career, compiling just a 1-1 record before he joined the better-paying PRIDE in Japan. Nevertheless, he’s a karate black belt and an elite kickboxer considered one of the greatest of all time.It’s possible to argue both Bas Rutten and Semmy Schilt were better fighters than Stefan Struve, but Struve takes the third spot because of his longevity in the UFC and how he went up against all of the best heavyweights of his generation.In this time, he beat Thales Leites, Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall, Dan Henderson, and Chris Weidman – 3 former UFC champions and beasts across the board. Overall, Gegard Mousasi goes down as the best Dutch UFC/MMA fighter of all time.Height: 6’2” | Reach: 76” | Stance: Orthodox | Weight Class: Middleweight
  • Elite finishing ability – 10 knockouts and 14 submissions in 28 wins
  • Very powerful kicker – known as one of the best in Pancrase
  • His most well-known weapon is his liver shots with kicks and hooks
  • Brilliant submissions due to his 6 years in Pancrase, especially the neck crank
  • Powerful knees to the body, especially after sprawling
  • Smooth grappling transitions
  • Very high tenacity and cardiovascular endurance for a light heavyweight which is why he could always outwork his opponent
Height: 6’1” | Reach: 80” | Stance: Orthodox | Weight Class: Light HeavyweightStruve has trained with the Blackzilians and Kill Cliff Fight Club, is a brown belt in Bjj, and has also competed as a kickboxer.

5. Semmy Schilt – ‘Hightower’ (26-14-1)

Fighting at the end of his UFC career past his prime, Overeem compiled a 12-8 UFC record and beat the likes of Dos Santos, Brock Lesnar, Sergei Pavlovich, Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, and Vitor Belfort. On the other hand, he lost to Ngannou, Volkov, and Stipe Miocic – three elite fighters.Before joining Pancrase in 1993, Bas Rutten had been competing in kickboxing and Muay Thai since 1985, which is where he developed his striking skills.Mousasi’s martial arts journey began in judo at 8 years old, before starting boxing at 15. He compiled a 12-1 amateur boxing record, as well as an 8-0 kickboxing record before transitioning to MMA.Gegard Mousasi compiled a 9-3 UFC record before leaving for Bellator because he feels he was underappreciated and underpaid by the UFC.Overall, Bas Rutten was one of the most dominant early MMA fighters whose skills were more well-rounded than the large majority.
  • Powerful knees which he could deliver like a roundhouse to the opponent’s head because of his flexibility and height
  • Snap kicks to the stomach and solar plexus
  • Powerful and accurate jabs which scored him many knockouts
  • The cardiovascular endurance, footwork, and movement of a much lighter fighter
  • High fight IQ and shot selection
  • His lethal combination of a lead leg snap kick followed by a lead jab
  • Powerful roundhouse which could rock opponents through the guard
In this article, we’ll examine the 5 best Dutch UFC fighters of all time by presenting their records, titles, skills, and who they’ve beaten and lost to in their career.

The Bottom Line

After losing to Ken Shamrock at Pancrase – Eyes of Beast 2 in 1995, Bas Rutten went on a 13-fight win streak, followed by a draw, followed by another 8-fight win streak before retiring in 2006.The 5 best Dutch UFC fighters of all time are Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve, Bas Rutten, and Semmy Schilt. 

15 Best Martial Arts Actors of All Time (Movies & Arts Known)

Tony Jaa is an incredibly talented Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, and traceur. Tony was inspired from a young age to learn martial arts by his admiration for Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li, and their movies. Are you wondering who the best martial arts actors of all time are?

15 Best Martial Arts Actors

Scott Adkin’s best/most notable movies are: Van Damme joined a Shotokan karate school aged 10 and at 18 he was part of the Belgian Karate Team which won the European Karate Championship in 1979. Also at 18, Van Damme earned his shotokan karate black belt.

1. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee training with Ip Man
Just before his acting career began, Chuck Norris was a consistent karate champion, winning the Sparring Grand Champions (karate) twice and the Professional Middleweight Karate Champion title (1968) for 6 consecutive years. Also known as ‘The Muscles from Brussels’, Van Damme won the Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title and is the martial arts actor with the best physique of all time through his dedication to diet and training and his use of anabolic steroids. Michael Jai White knows the martial arts:
  • The Big Boss (1971)
  • Fist of Fury (1972)
  • The Way of the Dragon (1972)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
Before his movie debut in 1985, Dolph Lundgren was captain of the Swedish kyokushin karate team and was the European Champion in 1980 and 1981. He’s also a five-time Open Champion.
  • Boxing
  • Fencing
  • Kali (eskrima)
  • Judo
  • Tai chi
  • Taekwondo
  • Wing chun
  • Wrestling
Jackie Chan is also a real-life martial artist. Starting his journey at the Peking Opera School in Beijing at 7 years old, Jackie continued learning martial arts throughout his movie career.

2. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan in Fearless Hyena (1979)
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist. He’s known for playing stoic martial arts roles, and his acrobatic ability, fighting skills, and huge muscular physique create a unique blend separating him from the rest. With lifelong practice and skill in so many martial arts, Donnie Yen considers himself a mixed martial artist (MMA). Throughout his movies, his fighting style is wing chun and mostly MMA because of the huge variety displayed.
  • Drunken Master I & II (1978, 1994)
  • Police Story (Franchise 1985 to 2013)
  • Rumble in the Bronze (1995)
  • Rush Hour (Trilogy 1998, 2001, 2007)
  • The Tuxedo (2002)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
Gordon Liu’s best/most notable movies are: In his movies, Jet Li’s fighting style was very similar to his graceful wushu-taolu performance-like movements and athleticism, with his offense being mostly a mix of long fist and xing yi quan. These focus on speed, power, explosiveness, and direct attacks.
  • Boxing
  • Hapkido – black belt
  • Karate
  • Southern and Northern style kung fu
  • Taekwondo
  • Wing chun
Sammo Hung is a Hong Kong actor and martial artist, who toward the end of his acting career focused on fight choreography, directing, and film production. He is remembered as the martial arts actor who led the way in the wave of 1980s Hong Kong movies, and who gave many stars their start in acting.

3. Donnie Yen

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Jackie Chan knows the following martial arts: Jackie Chan’s most notable/best movies are:
  • Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
  • Iron Monkey (1993)
  • Hero (2002)
  • SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)
  • Flash Point (2007)
  • Ip Man I, II, III, IV (2008, 2010, 2015, 2019
And while his martial arts training was limited to others on this list, he’s definitely one the best martial arts actors for the movies he’s been in and the influence and longevity he had. His main style is kyokushin karate and karate overall, but his most prominent roles were as a boxer and MMA fighter, such as boxer Mike Tyson, a boxer turned mixed martial artist in Undisputed II, and a mixed martial artist in Blood and Bone.
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu – purple belt
  • Judo – black belt
  • Kickboxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Taekwondo – 6th-degree black belt
  • Tai chi
  • Wing chun
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
Iko Uwais was discovered by the director, Gareth Evans, who was filming a silat documentary in the school Iko trains. Iko Uwais knows the martial arts:

4. Jet Li

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He’s also an exceptional acrobat, and Tony Jaa knows the martial arts: Another megastar, Jackie Chan is among the best martial arts actors of all time. He performs many of his own stunts and has been and starred in over 100 martial arts movies over the past 50 years since his first appearance in the 1972 movie, Fist of Fury – an average of two movies a year. Chuck Norris is an iconic American martial arts actor, starting his career in 1968 and finishing in 2012 spanning 33 movies.
  • Once Upon a Time in China I & II (1991, 1992)
  • Fist of Legend (1995)
  • Hero (2002)
  • Unleashed (2005)
  • Fearless (2006)
Donnie Yen started his martial arts career with tai chi and kung fu (wushu) at a young age. At 16, he joined the Beijing Wushu Team and won various gold medals (unknown amount). 
  • Baguazhang
  • Eagle claw
  • Long fist
  • Tai chi
  • Tumbling fist
  • Wushu-taolu
  • Xing yi quan
He started as a child actor and has featured, co-starred, and starred in around 100 movies, and has been involved in 265 movies including the ones he’s produced, directed, and choreographed. No one else in the martial arts industry comes close to his involvement in so many movies. Iko Uwais is the youngest of the best martial arts actors of all time, being just 40 years old in 2023. He’s also a stuntman and choreographer, so he’s often involved in creating the fight scenes in his movies.

5. Chuck Norris

Some of his best/most notable movies are: Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor and martial artist. Dolph Lundgren started his martial arts training at the age of 15 with judo. After 6 months he switched to goju-ryu karate, and after another 6 he switched to kyokushin karate which is where he committed himself. Chuck Norris knows the martial arts:
  • The Way of the Dragon (1972)
  • The Octagon (1980)
  • Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
  • Code of Silence (1985)
  • The Delta Force (1986)
Here are the 15 best martial arts actors ranked. Scott Adkins knows the martial arts:
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu – 3rd-degree black belt 
  • Judo – black belt
  • Tang soo do – 9th-degree black belt
  • Shotokan karate – 5th-degree black belt
  • Taekwondo – 8th-degree black belt
Jet Li’s most notable/best movies are:

6. Iko Uwais

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From a young age, Gordon Liu skipped school to learn Southern-style kung fu from Lau Cham. This love for martial arts is what landed Gordon his first martial arts movie role in Shaolin Martial Arts (1974). Gordon Liu was a pure kung-fu man, which is why he became synonymous with kung-fu movies in the 70s and 80s. His fighting style throughout his movies was various forms of Southern and Northern-style kung fu, and he often used Chinese martial arts weapons.
  • Merantau (2009)
  • The Raid I and II (2011, 2014)
  • Headshot (2016)
  • The Night Comes for Us (2018)
  • Triple Threat (2019)
Gordin Liu is an iconic Chinese kung fu martial arts actor who was in many movies during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He’s been in over 130 movies, with the majority being martial arts based. Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs, using knees, elbows, punches, and kicks, while muay Boran also incorporates ground fighting, throws, grappling, weapons fighting, and deadly techniques such as the snapping of bones via joint locks, eye gouges, and pressure point techniques.

7. Tony Jaa

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Jean-Claude Van Damme knows the following martial arts: Dolph Lundgren knows the martial arts:
  • Ong-Bak 1, 2, 3 (2003, 2008, 2010)
  • The Bodyguard (2004)
  • The Protector 1, 2 (2005, 2013)
  • SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015)
  • Triple Threat (2019)
After winning his fifth championship, Jet Li retired to pursue an acting career. His acting career lasted 38 years, with his first role in The Shaolin Temple in 1982 and his last in Mulan in 2020. Within his movies, Jackie Chan’s fighting style is mixed martial arts (MMA), heavily influenced by the Southern and Northern styles of kung fu he first started learning.
  • Judo
  • Muay Thai
  • Muay Boran
  • Taekwondo
  • Wushu
Steven Seagal’s best/most notable movies are: In his movies, Steven Seagal had his own unique style of fighting. He didn’t throw a lot of kicks, but he did use a lot of aikido and judo techniques such as throws, joint manipulation, and bone-breaking joint locks, as well as many other brutal techniques which include eye gouging and the use of knives/weapons. Donnie Yen has been a lifelong martial artist and he knows the following martial arts:

8. Sammo Hung

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In the movies he featured, Sammo Hung’s fighting style was mostly kung fu but he later adopted taekwondo and hapkido and mixed all three. The martial arts Jason Statham knows are: Sammo Hung began his martial arts journey at the Peking Opera School in 1961 and now knows the martial arts:
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • The Prodigal Son (1981)
  • Winners and Sinners (1983)
  • Wheels on Meals (1984)
  • Pedicab Driver (1989)
  • Ip Man 2 (2010)
In his movies, he mostly uses karate, judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but he uses a great mix of many martial arts.
  • Aikido
  • Boxing
  • Hapkido
  • Karate
  • Kung fu
  • Taekwondo
  • Wushu
As most of his movies are muay Thai based, Tony Jaa’s fighting style is mostly muay Thai and muay Boran based.

9. Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Some of Michael Jai White’s best/most notable movies are: Chuck Norris also founded American Tang Soo Do and Chuck Norris System, two martial arts which are a blend of judo, shotokan karate, and tang soo do.
  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Kickboxer (1989)
  • Lionheart (1990)
  • Universal Solider (1992)
  • Sudden Death (1995)
Bruce Lee’s most notable/best movies are: Donnie Yen is a Chinese martial artist and actor, credited with popularizing wing chun and MMA in Asia through his roughly 77 martial arts movies. His first role was in Shaolin Drunkard (1983) and his most recent was in John Wick 4 (2023) – a career spanning over 4 decades.
  • Muay Thai
  • Kickboxing
  • Shotokan karate – 2nd Dan Black Belt
  • Taekwondo
Jet Li is a real martial artist but not a fighter. He hasn’t fought professionally and learned the above martial arts for the purpose of his early wushu-taolu professional career. The martial arts he learned were then used through his martial arts films.

10. Gordon Liu

Within his movies, while mixed martial arts (MMA) was his overall fighting style, he was most heavily influenced by wing chun and later in his career by taekwondo for his flashy kicking techniques. Jet Li is a former Wushu champion and martial arts actor. He started his wushu career at the age of 8 and won his first gold at the age of 11. By the age of 18, he’d secured five consecutive golds while on the Beijing Wushu Team. 
  • 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
  • Dirty Ho (1979)
  • Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
  • The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
  • Kill Bill 1, 2 (2003, 2004)
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s most notable/best movies are: Tony Jaa initially practiced and self-taught the techniques he’d seen in movies, before starting muay Thai aged 10. After achieving a BA from the Sarakham College of Physical Education, Tony Jaa spent the next 14 years working as a stuntman, particularly for muay Thai movies. Tony Jaa’s most notable/best movies are: With the up-close nature of many of his fighting scenes, his fighting style also incorporates kung fu.

11. Michael Jai White

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Scott Adkins is a British actor, martial artist, and film producer. He’s been in over 70 movies, most of which are fighting/martial arts based, and is recognized for his impressively muscular physique. Van Damme put his martial arts to use and was a professional contact kickboxer with a record of 18 wins (100% knockouts) and only 1 loss. Throughout his movies, his style was most representative of his real-life skills as he used mostly kickboxing, karate, and taekwondo – and was mostly a great kicker.
  • Tyson (1995)
  • Undisputed II (2006)
  • Blood and Bone (2009)
  • Black Dynamite (2009)
  • Falcon Rising (2014)
  • Never Back Down 2, 3 (2011, 2016) 
  • Triple Threat (2019)
Michael Jai White started training jiu-jitsu at the age of four and karate at the age of 7, so he’s been a lifelong martial artist. Uwais is a master of silat and was an Indonesian national champion in 2005. Iko Uwais mostly has a silat fighting style in his movies, which focuses on speedy hand attacks, great footwork for evasion, throws, and pressure point strikes – all with the purpose of ending a fight as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • MMA
  • Okinawan kubudo – black belt
  • Shotokan, kyokushin, and goju-ryu karate – black belt in each
  • Taekwondo – black belt
  • Tang soo do – black belt
Steven Seagal knows the martial arts:

12. Scott Adkins

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Jason Statham’s most notable/best movies are: Bruce Lee was a great actor with a great mind who used his movies to break down racial barriers and pave the way for the success of future martial arts movies. He was absolutely ripped and was skilled in both armed and unarmed combat.
  • Undisputed II, III, Boyka (2006, 2010, 2016)
  • Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning (2012)
  • Ninja 1, 2 (2009, 2013)
  • Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
  • Triple Threat (2019)
  • Avengement (2019)
Donnie Yen’s most notable/best movies are: As well as his martial art philosophy of JKD, Bruce Lee knew the martial arts:
  • Capoeira
  • Jiu-jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kickboxing
  • Krav maga
  • MMA
  • Ninjitsu
  • Taekwondo – black belt
  • Wushu
In this article, we’ll examine the 15 best martial arts actors, their most notable movies, the martial arts they know, and the type of martial arts they use throughout their movies.

13. Steven Seagal

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Steven Seagal was an aikido instructor in Japan in his early 20s, and his knack for the role saw him head a dojo owned by his father-in-law before he moved to America to open and start teaching at his own dojo. The martial arts Jet Li knows are:
  • Above the Law (1988)
  • Hard to Kill (1990)
  • Out for Justice (1991)
  • On Deadly Ground (1994)
  • Under Siege 1, 2 (1992, 1995)
In his movies, Scott Adkins generally plays the villain with an aggressive style of MMA fighting, which mixes in many of the above martial arts he knows, especially flashy taekwondo kicks and powerful kickboxing combinations. Love him or hate him, Steven Seagal is a martial arts acting legend. He made his acting debut in Above the Law (1988) and went on to feature in 57 movies, most of which are martial arts/fighting based.
  • Aikido – 7th-dan black belt in aikido
  • Judo – black belt
  • Kendo – black belt
  • Shito-Ryu karate – black belt
The best martial arts actors are those who’ve made the most famous and best martial arts movies, are recognized as martial art icons, and have legitimate martial art skills in real life.

14. Jason Statham

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Dolph Lundgren is mostly recognized as a boxer because of his historic role as Drago in Rocky IV, but he often uses karate for striking (spinning wheel kicks, side kicks, and roundhouse kicks) and judo for grappling in his other movies. Iko Uwais’ most notable/best movies are:
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • Transporter I, II, III (2002, 2005, 2008)
  • Crank I, II (2006, 2009)
  • The Mechanic I, II (2011, 2016)
Bruce Lee is the best martial arts actor because he’s simply iconic. He inspired more people than anyone else to start a martial art and he’s also known as the ‘Godfather of MMA’ because of his martial philosophy, jeet kune do (JKD), which promotes using the best techniques from many martial arts and casting away the useless.
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu – purple belt
  • Karate
  • Kickboxing
  • Taekwondo
  • Wing chun
Sammo Hung’s best/most notable movies as an actor are:

15. Dolph Lundgren

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Gordon Liu knows the martial arts: Scott began practicing taekwondo at the age of 13 and kickboxing aged 16 before joining the Professional Karate Association as a kickboxing instructor.
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
  • Universal Solider (1992)
  • Men of War (1994)
  • Red Scorpion (1988)
  • The Expendables 1, 2, 3, 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2023)
Jason Statham is a British actor and martial artist known for playing the role of a violent martial artist in many of his action/martial arts movies, where he performs the majority of his stunts and fighting scenes. Within his movies, Jason Statham’s fighting style is mixed martial arts with a heavy influence from kyokushin karate – an aggressive style featuring close-range fighting, head kicks, and direct punches.
  • Goju-Ryu karate – black belt
  • Kyokushin karate – 4th-dan black belt 
  • Judo
  • Taekwondo
He’s been in over 80 movies and most of them are fighting/martial arts based. Dolph Lundgren’s most notable/best movies are:

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