Japanese actor and legendary martial artist Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba, who inspired countless film icons including director Quentin Tarantino, passed away at the age of 82.
What happened: On Thursday, Chiba’s management company announced that Chiba, an action superstar popularly known for his role in “Kill Bill,” had passed away due to complications with COVID-19, according to NPR.
There is an almost unimaginable level of skill required to compete in mixed martial arts on an elite level. The competitors are highly-trained in a variety of martial arts. The level of athleticism in the cage presents a challenge to the participants on both sides.
As on point as the top mixed martial artists have to be in a match, that display fans see during a bout is just the finished product. Before that, each of them are required to make serious sacrifices during their preparations.