FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: Michael Jai White Centers the Ring with Matt Mullins in the Finale from BLOOD AND BONE!

By: John M Jerva

Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!

It’s Friday everybody and you know what that means! It’s time for another bone smashing edition of Foot Fist Fridays! This week has been hectic once again and while I’ve been busy with other things as well as putting together numerous interviews for the website, I was at a standstill as to what fight scene to chat about this week.

Blood and Bone (2009)

I brought backup with me today as I’m going to discuss the rousing and epic finale from the bone breaking underground fight flick Blood And Bone which stars Action-Flix favorite Michael Jai White. This scene is a personal favorite of my wife’s and while asking her opinion on what her favoite sequence in a film was, she brought up this one as White is one of her favorite actors. She has great taste.

Blood And Bone was released in 2009 and it was helmed by accomplished filmmaker Ben Ramsey who also directed the awesome short films Interface and Black Salt. White is in his element here as he plays Isaiah Bone who is a an ex-con recently released from prison who enters a brutal underground fighting tournament in order to fulfill a promise to an old friend who was killed.

Blood and Bone (2009)

The movie is loaded with spectacular scenes of empty handed fisticuffs and White is in fine form as Bone as he gets ample opportunity to showcase his particualr set of skills. White does a lot of damage in this movie and he gets to show off his awesome arsenal of kicks to go along with his furious hand combos.

You really can pick any fight scene from the film as a favorite but the ending is top tier as White takes on extreme martial arts champion Matt Mullins who plays Price, a champion fighter who is brought in by James played by Chicago Fire’s Eamonn Walker to take out Bone once and for all.

The scene is classic as both champions square off and get great opportunity to demonstrate their moves. Mullins plays it cocky and goes in thinking that he has the match won already but little does he know that he is taking on Isaiah Bone and he forgets the golden rule- there is always somebody better.

Blood and Bone (2009)

Price is able to get in a few dynamic moves but he eventually falls prey to Bone like every other opponent he faced in the movie. It’s almost as if Bone was doing a Rope-A-Dope with Price baiting him in before unleashing his trap. What culminates is Bone brutally taking out Price amid the crowd of bloodthirsty spectators with a wide aray of hand and feet moves that would make Bruce Lee proud.

Blood and Bone (2009)

Like I said, this film is crammed with enough fight action for two films but its the ending where there is more on the line for Bone that really sells the movie.

Now in the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Conan The Destroyer, “Enough Talk!” It’s time to watch White and Mullins center the ring in the climatic smackdown from Blood and Bone!

As an added extra bonus, the video below contains the match between White and Walker that transpires after the initial brawl. Enjoy and thank you to my wife for giving me some inspiration this week.

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