Jake Gyllenhaal lights up UFC world with insane 'knockout' - for a movie
The Hollywood actor made a surprise cameo in the Octagon, much to the delight of fans.
You read the headline correctly - Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal did indeed step into the ring at UFC 285 last weekend. Given a full intro, unaware fans could be forgiven for somehow thinking they'd missed the 42-year old's entrance to the MMA world.
In fact, the octagon was briefly transformed into a film set as Gyllenhaal films a remake of the 1989 classic Road House, originally starring Patrick Swayze. The re-imagined plot sees Gyllenhaal's Elwood Dalton playing a former UFC fighter, with Dana White's promotion keen to get in on the act.
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Gyllenhaal looked the part when he showed up to a fictional weigh-in, cutting an impressive figure before returning to the Octagon in Las Vegas later on for the film's middleweight title bout. In the ring with him, playing Jax Harris, was former UFC fighter turned stuntman Jay Hieron.
Spectators were treated to the pair pulling off some bruising moves, with Gyllenhaal's character eventually prevailing thanks to an uppercut and flying knee, with the scene culminating in him pushing the referee away after winning the fight to land further blows to his defeated opponent.
The spectacle set the MMA world alight, with fans in disbelief at what was playing out in front of them. The scene reached a fever pitch when Conor McGregor made a cameo, rumoured to be playing henchman to the film's villain.
FLYING KNEE FROM GYLLENHAAL! WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION! pic.twitter.com/qcfTlQdLEw
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 5, 2023
GYLLENHAAL WITH THE FLYING KNEE 🤯 #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/qp2rKmT8gO
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 5, 2023
They are filming segments for the remake to Road House starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor at #UFC285. Yes it is now an MMA movie.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) March 5, 2023
— HARD FACTOR (@HardFactorNews) March 5, 2023
“I don’t think he’s been USADA tested.”
Dana White reacts to Jake Gyllenhaal’s shredded physique playing a UFC fighter in the Road House remake 😅 pic.twitter.com/2Gi3FEY7C3
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) March 5, 2023
Jake Gyllenhaal at the #UFC285 last night in Los Angeles while filming his upcoming movie “Road House” 🎬 pic.twitter.com/Y8KLvrSyBy
— J. Gyllenhaal Updates (@badpostsjake) March 5, 2023
Jake Gyllenhaal doesn't mess around when it comes to combat sports movies 💪 pic.twitter.com/vewpyzPZql
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 4, 2023
jake gyllenhaal and conor mcgregor hanging out at the UFC fight is insane
— eli (@meleeideologue) March 5, 2023
My god Jake Gyllenhaal 😍 🔥
— Marlene Martinez (@ohmargoddd) March 5, 2023
Jake Gyllenhaal goes all in at UFC 285 film shoot
After slapping his rival during the earlier weigh-in scene, Gyllenhaal joined UFC commentator Jon Arik for an interview in character as Dalton after the 'fight'. “I can’t believe I trained six weeks for this s**t, to fight this piece of s**t. Just give me the belt now. C’mon motherf**ker, let’s go.” Gyllenhaal said.
When UFC boss Dana White was quizzed on how he though Gyllenhaal would fare in the 185-pound division, he comically quipped it was hard to say since he wasn't approved by anti-doping authorities.
"Listen, what can I say? He looks good. I don't think he's been USADA tested, but he looks great," White said.
It might also be worth noting the original "Road House" features a protagonist with a mysterious past that included killing a person, which could be what is supposed to be happening there. Gyllenhaal fully committed to the part, including his Octagon entrance and weigh-in antics.
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