Jackie Chan: 'MMA is not true martial arts'

Wed, Jan 20
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Jackie ChanKevin Winter/Getty ImagesIs Jackie Chan an MMA fan? No, but even if you are, he'll gladly help you up after flattening you.

At the recent premiere for "The Spy Who Lives Next Door," ESPN.com caught up with actor and martial arts star Jackie Chan to ask him his opinion of MMA.

Apparently, he's not too fond of it.

"I don't like to see 'ultimate fighting,'" Chan said. "As a martial artist, I find it too violent putting them in a cage. At the end, it's not fighting anymore. That's not the martial arts. Martial arts is about respect.

"When somebody is knocked down, stop. I really respect Sugar Ray Leonard. Come on, [when a guy is down,] stop. Don't fight. That's not the spirit. When you're down, I'll grab you up. 'Are you OK? Should we continue?' That's the martial arts spirit. That's what I want."

Read Jake Rossen's blog post here.

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