VLADTV:

Hollywood action star Michael Jai White weighed in on the famous beef between fellow martial artists Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme. According to an old story, Van Damme allegedly called out Seagal to a real fight after the latter insulted him at a house party hosted by Sylvester Stallone. Seagal reportedly backed down. It was pointed out that Van Damme was trained in martial arts before he even entered Hollywood, and was not afraid to spar with other professionals. Seagal, on the other hand, was more of a performer and not known to have considerable fighting prowess. White spoke highly of Van Damme’s bravery and kindness, endorsing his fight credentials. He reasoned that Van Damme would most likely win if a real fight were to happen between the two icons.

VLADTV:

Well, uh, be funny. One of my, uh, one of my members, Fred Pedro, he actually brought this up to ask you. He said there’s an old story about Jean-Claude Van Damme calling out Steven Seagal to a real fight after, uh, Steven was talking crap to him at Sylvester Stallone’s house party. And they claimed that Steven backed down and left. Then Jean-Claude Van Damme went and found him at a bar somewhere and challenged him again, and Steven backed down again. Have you ever heard the story, and you work with Van Damme as well?

Michael Jay White:

Yeah, I worked with Van Damme.




VLADTV:

Yeah, okay. Based on Van Damme and Seagal, based on your familiarity with both of them, can you see something like this happening?

Michael Jay White:

Yes, absolutely. Absolutely, absolutely, okay, yep, yep. Van Damme’s not afraid to spar people. He sparred me back in, uh, when we were doing, um, what’s the name of the damn movie? ‘Universal Soldier,’ yeah, I was in the first one. Yeah, and we would work out together, and he had no real fear. I mean, which was a trip because he’s the lead, and I was still competing at the time, but, you know, I never cheap shot anybody. We were working out, really, you know, we had fun working out together. But he, um, you know, he would spar, and, um, so, you know, he had timing and everything, and I know he does. He wouldn’t have any kind of fear. Like, he knew how to fight. So, yeah, but again, like, with Steven, like, come on, here’s a guy, like, he’s never fought anybody.

Michael Jay White:

So, like, you know, it’s a different thing. You’re performing, and, again, he doesn’t have to know how to fight somebody. He just has to look like it. Again, like, Steven Seagal’s movies, I liked them when they first came out, ‘On Deadly Ground,’ and, you know, um, that’s what he’s supposed to do. Like, Clint Eastwood doesn’t have to be an accurate shot. He just needs to look like it. So, I don’t hold that against Steven Seagal. He’s not supposed to be able to fight people like he’s… I don’t think Steven Seagal has ever had to block a punch toward his face. Who would have done it? Who would have been punching at him? You know what? What ring would he have ever been in? But, but the layman always holds up, like, ‘You gotta be a real fighter.’ No, you don’t. No, you [ __ ] don’t. Like, David Carine doesn’t have to fight nobody. You know what I mean? But, but Steven Seagal is… I don’t know why he puts that upon himself. Like, he has to try to legitimize himself as a fighter. It’s [ __ ] ridiculous.




VLADTV:

Well, you know, and I looked it up. There really is beef between Van Damme and Steven Seagal. They actually talk crap about each other.

Michael Jay White:

Yeah, I mean, Steven Seagal is never gonna spar. I think Steven Seagal really knows that there’s never gonna be… He can challenge anybody. There’s never going to be an instance where they’re gonna face each other.

VLADTV:

So, in an actual fight between Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who would you give it to?

Michael Jay White:

CL, in… Look, anybody, I’m sorry, in my belief, you would beat Steven Seagal, as far as I… In my estimation, okay, you would beat him, just like you probably beat, um, David Carradine. If you really fight, he’s not… He’s not… When would he have fought somebody? Yeah, when would be the instance where somebody’s trying to kick the [ __ ] out of Steven Seagal in a match? And who would that be? If that person who tried to kick Seagal or tried to fight him or that sparred with Seagal, if that ever happened, we would know who that person would be, right? There’s no way that happens. So, here’s a guy who’s never done that. He’s never had to block a punch intended to knock his ass out. Van Damme has, right?




VLADTV:

Because Van Damme was an actual martial artist before he went to Hollywood, right?

Michael Jay White:

Yes, and I know he spars people. He sparred me. How did he do? He’s, you know, I mean, he’s not the same level, you know? He wasn’t the same. He’s not supposed to be. Again, he’s not supposed to be. I was still competing at that time. He was doing movies, yeah. But that’s the thing. That’s why I give him all the respect in the world because he’s sparring a guy who’s fighting people. And the fact is, I’m not going to cheap shot him. We’re sparking to sharpen each other, okay? You’re doing so… You know, when you’re sparring, you’re… And like myself, I’m trying to, you know, work on my reflexes and things like that. And you’re controlling your hitting, you know?

Michael Jay White:

Because it’s not trying to kill each other. And plus, you’re doing a movie, you know? You’re not trying to injure anybody. But the fact is, he has to be brave enough to know I’m fighting another fighter that I’m susceptible for him cheap-shotting me. And the fact that he gave me that trust made me go, ‘Man, what a… What a upstanding guy.’ And plus, he looked out for me on that set, like you would not believe. Like, you know, we had… I was freezing. He insisted that, you know, he would give me his coat between shots because I was in short sleeves and he was, you know… He would insist I wear his coat. And, you know, he had a long-sleeve shirt underneath it. That’s who he is. And I’m always gonna fight for that guy. But he’s a really nice person. He’s always been that way. But, yeah, he actually… I give respect to people who really fight.

VLADTV:

There we have it. Michael J. White, always a pleasure. All right, till next time. All right, time to eat. Time to eat.

Michael Jay White:

Time to eat.

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