Power Ranger Turns MMA Fighter

As an actor Jason David Frank was used to battling alien villains as a star on the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" television series. Now, the former action hero-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter will battle the real thing when he takes on 205-pound warrior James Handy inside the cage at UWC® 8 JUDGEMENT DAY on May 22 at the Patriot Center.

The California native, now fighting out of Houston-TX based Rising Sun Karate, will put his 3-0 record on the line in a three-round amateur bout against a tough Chicago opponent who is unbeaten in five contests, all by knockout.

"I know I have a target on my back," said Frank, who goes by “Fearless Frank” and is the founder/CEO of Christian-based MMA clothing company Jesus Didn't Tap. "Everyone is going to want to beat up the Green Ranger. But I am no Kimbo. I've been training for a very long time and know how to handle myself inside the cage.”

Frank, an accomplished 6th degree black belt, began martial arts training at age four at Red Dragon Karate, earned his first degree black belt at 12 and opened his own gym at 18. One year later, he put his skills to use when he was cast as the Green Power Ranger “Tommy Oliver” in the popular children's television series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." He made 243 total episode actual appearances and 258 character appearances. Frank also stared in the two Power Rangers feature films and recently just finished filming “The One Warrior,” an action movie starring MMA superstar Jeff Curran.

He remained active in martial arts while acting and, in 1994, created his own system called "Toso Kune Do" which incorporated numerous fighting styles. He made his amateur debut last January earning a first-round submission. Frank plans to turn professional in the near future.