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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Casts UFC Champion

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Posted March 25, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Casts UFC Champion

It seems that Marvel's Phase Two follow-up, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has procured yet another addition to its rogues gallery. According to a report from Latino Review, UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges "Rush" St-Pierre has been cast in the super-soldier sequel as classic villain, Batroc the Leaper.

At the moment, details on the context of the role are not available, but if the report proves true, St-Pierre's Batroc would be joining Sebastian Stan as the unfrozen brainwashed Bucky Barnes, now the titular Winter Soldier, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Toby Jones as the returning (now possibly cyborg) former Nazi scientist, Arnim Zola on the list of formidable foes with whom Chris Evans' Captain America will have to contend.

In the comics, Batroc, whose full name, coincidentally, is Georges Batroc, is a highly-trained former member of the French Foreign Legion, who became a mercenary, lending his services to the scummier elements of the world, including the sinister organization, HYDRA. While Batroc possesses no superhuman powers, his highly-conditioned state has made him more than a match athletically for rivals like Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and even Deadpool. While he's the kind of guy that will sign up for anything seedy that will line his pockets, he still carries a sense of honor as a warrior and his relationship with Cap has been one that's underlined with a level of respect.

St-Pierre, who is just over a week removed from a dominant decision win over Nick Diaz, settling a contentious rivalry full of public smack talk, has long been considered an ambassador for the UFC organization and the sport of MMA as a whole. He would be joining a small, but growing list of MMA competitors who have recently made the leap (no pun intended) to the big screen like Randy "The Natural" Couture in The Expendables movies (and that horrible straight-to-DVD Scorpion King prequel), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as B.A. Baracus in the underrated reboot film of The A-Team, and most notably, former female fighter, Gina Carano, who beautifully owned the lead role in the sleeper hit, Haywire, with more high profile projects in the works.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier goes for a double-leg takedown to deliver vicious ground-and-pound to evil at theaters on April 4, 2014.

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