Skådespelaren Van Damme, som också är svartbältare av andra graden i shotokan-karate med en gedigen kickboxningskarriär bakom sig, ville visa Garbrandt en spark varpå de två började sparras lite lekfullt. Van Damme är känd för att ha god kontroll på sina sparkar, men råkade då av misstag drämma till Garbrandt med en hälspark som träffade ”No Love” rakt på tänderna – något som fick honom att ilskna till rejält…
Här är Garbrandts återberättelse:
“Finally he was like, ‘I want to show you this kick.’ It was kind of a variation on the teep and you twist it at the end. So I do it like three or four times on him. I put it down and then got in this fight stance and I saw in his eyes like, ‘You wanna go?’ And I was back against the cage. So he started playing with me, acting like he was going to throw some kicks, and he started throwing hands like slapping at me.
“I was like, ‘What the hell?’ Then he fucking kicked me with that hook kick right in the teeth and I was like, ‘Motherfucker’. I was pissed. I was so mad. I looked over at Rob, then I looked over at Jean and I was like, ‘Rob, keep this motherfucker away from me.’ He kicked me in my teeth, dude. He kicked me in my teeth just playing around. Like how many times have we punched at each other and we can pull our punches?
“This dude just straight kicked me in my teeth. I’m not going to lie, he has some fast ass kicks, but I was demonstrating the kick he showed me to get it right. Then I put my foot down and he kicked me right in the teeth. I went black.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to rip his head off, but it’s Jean-Claude. What are you supposed to do?’”
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