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Jason Frank

It’s common to hear about MMA fighters like Randy Couture becoming actors but in this case it’s the other way around. Jason Frank, the 35-year-old actor best known as Tommy Oliver, AKA the Green Ranger on the long-running MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS TV series is planning to become a professional MMA fighter.

Frank has signed on with Suckerpunch Entertainment and is currently training with UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard.

In an interview conducted with Suckerpunch, Frank talked about building on his 23 years of martial arts experience with specific skills required in the ring. “I have my blue belt in BJJ from Gracie Baja now, but we needed to have that ground game integrated into Tose Kune Do. There was a blank there. So we added wrestling, BJJ, etc. to it. Melvin Guillard has really helped add the wrestling. I needed to get with someone who could put it all together for me.

In taking on this challenge Frank didn’t forget his fans. “I’m not looking for any titles specifically,” said Frank. “Ultimately, I want to give my fans something to watch and be proud of.”

Although no specifics were given, Suckerpunch stated that Jason Frank’s first MMA match will take place within the next two months.

In closing, Frank called on his fans to back him and expressed enthusiasm for proving he’s not just a screen fighter. “Please support my fights, and I hope I put on a good show. It won’t be any putties or monsters at the end of my fists and feet. It’s going to be for real this time.

Jason Frank (Source: Suckerpunch Entertainment)

Update: While cruising Youtube in search of recent footage of Jason Frank I came across a panel discussion at the 2009 Anime Festival Orlando where the actor explains in greater detail his reason for going into MMA. If you watch the beginning of part 4 of 6 videos from the hour-long panel you’ll hear the following.

I really wanted to have your guys support as far as my fights coming up … But that was the plan, to get back into the light that way, instead of being an actor. Now when you get back into that light acting starts happening again. You get back into that light, ‘Oh, we saw Jason on TV. Oh, we’re going to get him for a movie.’ ‘Cause all these UFC guys are doing movies now… and they’re horrible movies. They don’t know how to act.

Frank goes on to express his distaste for a couple of recent films that featured MMA action and top UFC fighters and he explains a desire to prove himself outside the ring.

I went back to get into the limelight again so that I can get more, I guess, credit from producers. Like, ‘Oh yeah, he can fight.’

So it’s looking like Frank is hoping to work his way into professional MMA fighting so that he can not only be noticed by film producers and get some choice action roles but also prove to those same producers, and perhaps the fans, that he’s more than just an ex-Power Ranger. If he pulls this off, maybe there will be a place for him in an EXPENDABLES sequel or Isaac Florentine’s next movie. Personally, I think this is a great move for Frank and MMA. It’s getting him major attention and it’s going to cause more people to check out MMA.

Source: Suckerpunch Entertainment via Sports Illustrated

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  • pokez

    this is gonna be really interesting to watch, cant wait for this! best of luck dude!

  • tikkiexx

    he was always my favorite ranger. well next to the Red Ranger. hope he does good.

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  • crazedjustice888

    I CAN'T WAIT GUYS AND GALS!!! IF YOU ALL HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN ACTUAL FIGHTS GO TO YOUTUBE AND CHECK THEM OUT!!! GOOD LUCK JASON!!! YOU BEES MY HERO!!!!

  • Jonathan V.

    Man, this sounds really interesting. I can't wait to see Jason in action.

    I hope his opponents fall over and explode in slow motion after they're defeated.

  • mistermjones2000

    I just “came back” from youtube as suggested and from what I could tell from the footage there Mr. Frank is energetic, courageous and very agressive. Although, so was Kimbo Slice. Never the less I still applaud his efforts, it takes alot o guts to go into the ring for real and risk it all. Osu!

  • http://watchkungfu.com/kung-fu-fighting/kung-fu-fighting kungfufighting

    I laughed out loud while reading this. 35 years old with no real fight experience. Never been in the ring, no professional bouts what so ever. This guys a moron or a narcissist…or both. I wish him well, but, come on dude…where you going with this? Staging a come back? You better win some fights. Best of luck!

  • WongFury

    I heard from a couple of people saying they spoke to him saying something about already filmed a movie with don the dragon wilson but he says there's no word on it

  • sowutifmahsnsux

    I love this guy (since I only know him as the best power ranger of all time, and mmpr is an integral part of my childhood). It's going to make me die inside when he likely gets beat up.

  • ajay1234

    OMG… next two months. I have to spread this lol

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  • BruisedLo

    zip your mouth kungfufighting. he has done and accomplished a lot for martial arts, so stfu. he started his training young, he has a sixth degree black belt, and he owns 4 karate schools. no real fight experience? i bet he can kick your lousy @ss. bruce lee never been in a real ring fight, and to some people he's still considered to be invincible. i think its exciting that jason is going for MMA. most of these MMA fighters, are unknown. so its cool to see the more popular athletes try MMA, like brock lesnar, and bobby lashley etc.

    speaking of lashley…. he was made fun of 'for the wrestling thing' when he started MMA, and look at him now… still undefeated. why don't you try laughing at bobby lashley and pick him apart? he's been in the ring, but eww wrestling is fake…..

  • http://carusbcharger.com/ Susan

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Susan

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  • BruisedLo

    zip your mouth kungfufighting. he has done and accomplished a lot for martial arts, so stfu. he started his training young, he has a sixth degree black belt, and he owns 4 karate schools. no real fight experience? i bet he can kick your lousy @ss. bruce lee never been in a real ring fight, and to some people he's still considered to be invincible. i think its exciting that jason is going for MMA. most of these MMA fighters, are unknown. so its cool to see the more popular athletes try MMA, like brock lesnar, and bobby lashley etc.

    speaking of lashley…. he was made fun of 'for the wrestling thing' when he started MMA, and look at him now… still undefeated. why don't you try laughing at bobby lashley and pick him apart? he's been in the ring, but eww wrestling is fake…..

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    I used to watch the PR show when I was a kid. It will interesting to see Frank fight in real life.

  • Valdecir

    This is very nice………congratulations

  • Tabbie2000

    dont forget he was also the White and Red ranger… Duh you idiots