In the movie industry, it’s rare to come across a sequel that’s better than the original. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the Undisputed saga. The first film began with Wesley Snipes facing off against Ving Rhames in a prison that hosted a series of underground boxing matches, but it wasn’t until the release of Undisputed II: Last Man Standing that the franchise really struck a chord with audiences. Directed by karateka/judoka Isaac Florentine, the second movie switched from boxing to no-holds-barred fighting. It pitted Michael Jai White—in real life, a practitioner of shotokan, kyokushin, goju-ryu, tang soo do and taekwondo—against Scott Adkins—a Brit who’s trained extensively in kickboxing, taekwondo, judo and jujutsu. It succeeded to such a degree that Isaac Florentine was asked to team up with Scott Adkins again to make a third installment. But before that could happen, Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins had another martial arts project to finish.
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