Van Damme got his start in martial arts films. He was in Bloodsport. It's the only movie that I actually like him in.
That was my point. Van-Damme is known for his martial arts on film so you don't have a classic showdown with a brawler. You get another actor known for their martial arts skill on film. You know "Statham is the greatest martial arts fighter on film and would kick Van-Damme's ass" type of thing.