Video: Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Cody Garbrandt In The Face

Video: Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Cody Garbrandt In The Face

Legendary actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme kicked UFC star Cody Garbrandt in the teeth — and it's on video.

Jan 4, 2018 by Hunter Homistek
Video: Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Cody Garbrandt In The Face

The footage is out. 

A few weeks ago, Cody Garbrandt joined Mike Swick on the "Real Quick With Mike Swick" podcast, where the former UFC bantamweight champion detailed a hilarious encounter with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. 

As Garbrandt tells it, the two were having some fun demonstrating some techniques when Van Damme got a little overzealous with a hook kick. 

"Finally he was like, ‘I want to show you this kick,’" Garbrandt said. "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." 

From there, things escalated. 

"I was like, ‘What the hell?’ Then he f*cking kicked me with that hook kick right in the teeth and I was like, ‘Motherf*cker,'" Garbrandt said. "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 motherf*cker 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?’ All of a sudden he looks at me, drops to his knees, and starts crying and is like, “My champion!” and starts crying like that, so I felt hella awkward. Hands on my hips, I’m mad, my lip is all busted open and I got that hot sweat, so I just looked at him and I’m like, ‘Jean...' — I kept calling him Jean, I didn’t know it was Jean-Claude — so I walked out of the Octagon, just leave the place, left the gym. It was f*cked up; everyone was watching, taking videos, so from the outside it looked like I hit him and he was crying." 

Now, there's footage of the moment Garbrandt detailed. While there's no crying Van Damme to be seen, the short clip does show the kick landing, Van Damme expressing immediate regret, and Garbrandt promptly walking away.