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Actor Idris Elba training to become a professional kickboxer in new series

Here's a headline you didn't see coming - Idris Elba is training to become a professional kickboxer. Yep.

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Are you a fan of kickboxing? Idris Elba? Totally crazy combat sports ideas? Well then, we've got the story for you...

Apparently actor Idris Elba is currently in training to become a professional kickboxer. His training is part of a new Discovery Channel show titled Idris Elba: Fighter. The show will be a three part event, with each episode being one hour. It will cover Elba in training around the world, and will culminate in him fighting. It also seems to include him working on "unexpected training methods" - tune in to find out what that means. The expected air date is early 2017.

Elba had this to say about this new project: "It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally. Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time."

The 43-year-old Elba has no prior martial arts experience of note, and was last seen on the big screen fighting with Captain Kirk in Star Trek Beyond. No word yet on who or where he will be fighting in real life.

So what say you fight fans - are you in?