Favourite MMA-Fighters turned actors

by steffenknikolaisen | created - 20 Jul 2016 | updated - 20 Jul 2016 | Public

MMA-fighter turned full-time or part-time actors

1. Randy Couture

Actor | The Expendables 2

Randy Couture is a collegiate wrestler and fighter turned actor from Everett, Washington. He served as a four time US Olympic wrestling team alternate as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and is also a 6 time world heavyweight and light heavyweight UFC champion and Hall of Famer. He is a graduate of ...

2. Georges St-Pierre

Actor | Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Georges St-Pierre was born on May 19, 1981 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) and Cartels (2017).

3. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

Actor | The A-Team

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was born on June 20, 1978 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor, known for The A-Team (2010), The Midnight Meat Train (2008) and Miss March (2009).

4. Ronda Rousey

Actress | Furious Seven

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until ...

5. Oleg Taktarov

Actor | Predators

"Oleg makes an impression." On his DVD commentary for "Righteous Kill" (2008), director Jon Avnet remarks that he needed a powerful actor to play Russian mob enforcer Yevgeny Mugalat, a character who survives six gunshots at close range. International star Oleg Taktarov, born in Sarov, Russia, ...

6. Don Frye

Actor | Gojira: Fainaru uôzu

Don Frye dominated the world of mixed martial arts for 6 straight years. A former pro boxer and a licensed firefighter, Don Frye made an impressive professional fight debut by knocking out 6'1", 410 pound Thomas Ramirez in 8 seconds. Frye captured his first Ultimate Fighting Championship on Feb. 16...

7. Frank Mir

Actor | Brass Knuckles

Frank Mir was born on May 24, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as Francisco Santos Mir III. He is an actor, known for Brass Knuckles, Hell's Chain (2009) and Force of Execution (2013).

8. Forrest Griffin

Actor | 13

Forrest Griffin was born on July 1, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for 13 (2010), Locked Down (2010) and Unrivaled (2010). He has been married to Jaime Logiudice since September 19, 2009.

9. Cung Le

Actor | Pandorum

Cung Le made his first appearance on the professional M.M.A. stage in 2006, and shortly after won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in 2008, setting high standards through his powerful kicks, skillful strikes, and well-timed take-downs. This U.S.-Viet Namese champion, actor, producer and ...

10. Gina Carano

Actress | Haywire

From pioneering women's MMA to blazing a trail in movies, GINA CARANO is one of Hollywood's most unique rising stars. Carano began her training with Muay Thai to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. Her popularity led to her being called the "Face of Women's MMA" and she ...

11. Keith Jardine

Actor | Godless

Keith Jardine was born on October 31, 1975 in Butte, Montana, USA as Keith Hector Jardine. He is known for his work on Godless (2017), Inherent Vice (2014) and Logan (2017).

12. Chuck Liddell

Actor | Kick-Ass 2

Chuck Liddell was born on December 17, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Charles David Liddell. He is known for his work on Kick-Ass 2 (2013), How High (2001) and Altitude (2017).

13. Andrei Arlovski

Actor | Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Andrei Arlovski was born on February 4, 1979 in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR. He is known for his work on Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012), The Equalizer 2 (2018) and Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009).

14. Bas Rutten

Actor | Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Bas Rutten is a world-renowned mixed martial artist who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, and television personality.

As an actor Rutten can be seen co-starring in the Kevin James feature film Here Comes the Boom (2012) for Columbia Pictures. Rutten previously ...

15. Anderson Silva

Actor | Never Surrender

Anderson is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva was the UFC's longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound ...

16. Tito Ortiz

Actor | Cradle 2 the Grave

Cited by film producer Jeff Most as "The next Vin Diesel", Tito delivers the audience as well as the sheer acting talent. The most electrifying Ultimate Fighting competitor alive today, as intimidating as Tito is in the ring, outside he is an unparalleled fan favorite. A dynamic speaker, Tito's ...

17. Josh Barnett

Actor | Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins

Josh Barnett was born on November 10, 1977 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, Mercenary: Absolution (2015) and TNA iMPACT! Wrestling (2004).

18. Roy Nelson

Actor | Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Cimarron-Memorial High School, where he competed in wrestling, football, and baseball. Nelson began training in Ark Wong's Ng Ga Kuen Shaolin Kung Fu when he was around 16 years old. Nelson worked briefly as a warehouse worker in 1999. Nelson ...

19. Antonio Silva

Actor | The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne

When he was aged 3, Antonio Carlos Silva observed a karate demonstration at a playground, which stirred his interest in the martial arts, and later lead to him being one of the most agile heavyweights in Mixed Martial Arts. Silva trained in karate for 13 years before transitioning to Jiu Jitsu in ...

20. Rashad Evans

Actor | Warrior

Rashad Evans was born on September 25, 1979 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA as Rashad Anton Evans. He is an actor, known for Warrior (2011), Locked Down (2010) and Vengeance (2006). He has been married to LaToya Brown since July 2007. They have two children.

21. Urijah Faber

Actor | Rampage

Urijah Faber is an American actor and producer, born on May 14, 1979 in Isla Vista, California, to Theo and Suzanne Faber. He was an outstanding athlete in high school, earning all-league football accolades as a corner and running back, and excelling as a wrestler. Now he is playing different ...

22. Royce Gracie

Actor | The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne

Royce Gracie, of the legendary Gracie family, is one of the most prolific and influential MMA fighters in history. He became an 'underdog' hero while changing the landscape of combat sports and revolutionizing martial arts forever. After winning the first UFC Tournament(s) (UFC1, UFC2, UFC4), he ...

23. Ken Shamrock

Self | WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Ken Shamrock was born on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia, USA as Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick. He is known for his work on WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1999), Grace Is Gone (2019) and That '70s Show (1998). He has been married to Tonya Shamrock since February 27, 2005. They have three children...



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