Van Damme was over at Team Alpha Male not long ago showing the guys in the gym some technique. Garbrandt explained on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast that he and Van Damme were going through some kicking techniques where the martial arts movie star turned things up a bit too much and hit Garbrandt with a kick “right in the teeth.”
As you can see from the video above, after the kick lands, both Garbrandt and Van Damme have some real reactions. Van Damme puts his hands on his face immediately after connecting with the former UFC champ and yells out yells in frustration. Garbrandt was shocked and upset, not expecting any contact and points to his mouth and starts walking away as Van Damme tries to apologize.
“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.’ I was pissed, I was so mad,” explained Garbrandt on the podcast. “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.”
Garbrandt went on to say that he did not want to spend any more time with the movie star after their incident because he was so upset. However, the two ended up together again and Garbrandt was able to accept Jean-Claude’s apologies at a dinner Urijah Faber catered for the crew.
“It is what it is,” said Garbrandt. “We ended up hanging out, turned into a good trip with Jean. He had some really good kicks, I’m not going to lie.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/2/2018.