Renowned American magician and illusionist Criss Angel, born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, has added another surprising twist to his diverse skill set. In a recent onstage spectacle, Angel was promoted to the esteemed rank of ‘Purple Belt in MMA’ by none other than UFC legend Frank Mir, signaling a fascinating convergence of magic and martial arts.
Criss Angel’s Multifaceted Career:
Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most successful illusionists, Criss Angel has captivated audiences globally with his mind-bending magic acts. His impact on the entertainment industry is evident through the staggering $150 million in tourism revenue he generated for Las Vegas in a single year. Beyond his magical prowess, Angel is also recognized as a talented musician, making him a true polymath in the world of entertainment.
Passion for MMA and BJJ:
While Angel’s primary claim to fame lies in the realm of magic, he has long harbored a passion for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Delving into these physically demanding disciplines, he found a training partner in none other than UFC legend Frank Mir. This unexpected pairing highlights Angel’s commitment to exploring diverse interests beyond the stage.
Responding to queries about the significance of an MMA belt, especially in a discipline without a standardized belt structure, Criss Angel offered insight into the unique nature of his achievement. He explained that the title pertains to ‘Mir MMA,’ an integrated approach that encompasses both stand-up and ground techniques. Recognizing the significance of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and wrestling in the ground game and takedowns, Angel emphasized the multifaceted training involved in achieving the ‘Purple Belt in MMA.’