If you thought Bloodsport was dramatic, wait until you hear about the story that inspired it. Bloodsport allegedly tells the true story of Frank Dux, a martial arts expert who claimed to participate in and win a Kumite, an underground secret fighting tournament. If the story behind Bloodsport sounds straight out of fiction, you might be onto something. You see, whether or not the events of Bloodsport are real, Dux has a tendency to exaggerate stories about his own career.
Dux claims to be a legendary fighter with several world records - but only he can verify them. He also says he worked as a covert operative in the '80s and was offered a contract to take out another famous fighter. The whole story, regardless of its validity, is just as engaging, if not more so, than Bloodsport itself.
His Fight Record Is Impossibly Impressive
Over the span of his fighting career, Dux claims that he has broken several records, including most knockouts (56) and fastest punch with a knockout.
However, fighting experts say his knockout record alone is impossible to achieve.
The Organization That Holds Kumite Seems To Have Disappeared
The Kumite, the mysterious tournament at the center of Bloodsport, takes place every five years. Dux says his trophy and records in the tournament show proof of his fighting prowess. However, the organization that puts on the fights is extremely difficult to track down.
At some point, the International Fighting Arts Association, which Dux claimed held the Kumite, ceased to exist, and any traces of the organization only led back to Dux's door. More strangely, the organization now claiming to hold the event, the Black Dragon Fighting Society, recognizes Dux as one of its "10 Patriarchs."
Dux's Exaggerations Don't Mean His Story Is Entirely False
Dux may have embellished or made up parts of his story, but that doesn't mean the tale of the American fighter who won the Kumite isn't true. For one thing, the Kumite actually exists, though not in the way that Dux claims. It's not a tournament but rather an endurance test where fighters go up against many opponents.
Shoddy reporting may also be responsible for Dux's tarnished reputation. Though one article makes the case Dux bought the trophy he said he won at the Kumite, the evidence for this conclusion is a receipt produced years after a photo of Dux holding the award was published. It also has his name and address incorrectly documented on the receipt.