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Lee vs. Shaft

Both men fight for justice and sport some of the coolest hair of the ‘70s. Lee is a strong but silent type, while John Shaft can’t seem to keep his damn mouth shut. Will Shaft’s reputation as the baddest mofo in Harlem be enough to take down the martial arts master, or will Lee’s actions speak louder than words?

Winner: Lee
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Bruce Lee, "Enter the Dragon"
He may be a man of few words, but don’t let Lee’s gentle, philosophical outlook on life trick you into letting down your guard. You definitely wouldn’t want to step into the same ring as this guy. After learning that an evil crimelord is responsible for the death of his sister, Lee makes his way to a secret martial arts tournament to exact revenge. It’s there that Lee so easily thrashes an army of goons, bare- hands a King Cobra, and cracks three (count ‘em, three) necks, all while resisting the temptation of Han’s harem of seductive Asian escorts. Oh yeah, and he can play a mean guitar too.

Definitive badass moment: After getting sliced in the torso by Han’s metal claw, Lee calmly tastes his own blood and then delivers the smack down.

Classic badass line: (When asked what style of martial arts he practices) “You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.”

Seed: #7
Occupation: Currently unemployed
Strengths: Quick and strong, his trademark war cry
Weaknesses: Naïve and inexperienced

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John Shaft

Richard Roundtree, "Shaft"
He’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks, the man who’d risk his neck for his brother man, and the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about.  He’s also a complicated man…but, sadly, no one understands him but his woman. With a steady stream of rapid-fire patter and his funky-ass fists of fury (plus a shotgun as backup), John Shaft is, quite simply, the baddest badass in Harlem. Can you dig it?  In closing, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you that they say this cat Shaft is a bad mother…

Definitive badass moment: When Shaft slaps on his trademark leather outfit, grabs his shotgun, and gets down to business.

Classic badass line: After Willy suggests that he and Shaft are gonna tangle one of these days, Shaft snaps back, “Why don't you stop playing with yourself, Willy? You ain't gonna do shit!

Seed: #10
Occupation: Private dick
Strengths: He’s a bad muthafucka
Weaknesses: There are 31 other bad muthafuckas in this competition