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Boyka: Undisputed 4 is the fourth film in the Undisputed franchise, and the third to star Scott Adkins as Yuri Boyka, who began as the antagonist in the second film and became the protagonist in the third one, where he earned his freedom after winning the Prison Spetz Competition. After escaping to Budapest, he begins a new life fighting in underground clubs to make a name for himself. His efforts attract the attention of professional fighting scouts, as well as earning him a fight for the European MMA championship.

After he wins, he learns that his opponent has died from the beating and is overcome with regret and concern for the man's family. He then risks his freedom by returning to Russia to seek out the man's wife (Alma) to make amends, learning her husband had taken out a loan with a crime boss named Zourab. Since he died before it had been paid back, Zourab now claims Alma as recompense against her will. Boyka offers to fight for Zourab to wipe Alma's debts clean and redeem his soul.

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This film has the examples of:

  • Always Someone Better: In Boyka's absence from his former prison, the bigger, meaner and more dangerous Koshmar has replaced him as the undisputed champion. His reputation is such that Zourab pays to have him temporarily released from prison in order to defeat Boyka. It also appears that Zourab has replaced Gaga as the Russian Mob emissary controlling the prison, and likely his other business interests as well.
  • Anti-Hero: Boyka
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • Of course Boyka, prior to him accidentally killing Viktor during a fight. Igor has extremely strong shades of this aa well.
    • Koshmar would lean more towards this if he wasn't so psychotic.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Not to the extent of the high-flying stunts seen in the previous film, but still notable.
  • Ax-Crazy: Koshmar is a psychotic prisoner that beats people to death with his bare hands. He's so deranged that he has a special restrainment suit that prevents him from flying into a rage.
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  • Badass Boast: Boyka: "Bring me your fucking champion!"
  • Determinator: Boyka, surprising no one.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Boyka defeats all of Zourab's fighters and kills him, freeing Alma from his control, and she forgives him for her husband's death. However, he loses his chance of a new life in the process and ends up back in prison, where he'll have to start up again. At least, though, he now has his knee fully healed, meaning this time will be easier than the previous.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Boyka's tendency toward this behavior is what led to him accidentally killing Viktor during their fight in Budapest.
    • Koshmar is this Up to Eleven.
  • Broken Aesop: The previous film showed that Boyka's loss to Chambers taught him humility. But by the time this film's events occur, he's fallen back into his old ways, which results in him accidentally killing an opponent in the ring.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Boyka accidentally murdered Alma's husband in the ring due to his Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy Blood Knight tendencies, he still puts his neck on the line for her when he discovers she is indebted to Zourab. He also gives most of his fight winnings to a church in Budapest.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Alma is dragged right out of her high heels when she is abducted during the film's climax.
  • Meaningful Name: "Koshmar" means "Nightmare" in Russian.
  • Mighty Glacier: Koshmar
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong
  • No-Sell: Koshmar employs this almost as much as actual blows.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Boyka is free from jail and is aspiring to a promising MMA career. However, he must run against the clock to clear out his conscience before he can take a big chance. Ultimately, he loses the chance and is sent again to prison.
  • The Stoic
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Koshmar. He's a lot less technically adept than many of the other fighters, but makes up for it by being incredibly strong, durable, and absolutely fucking insane.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The way Koshmar fights as he becomes a monstrous beast when he fights and prefers pure brute strength and rage over skill.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll
  • Worthy Opponent: Boyka's manager warns him that Viktor "fights like he needs to win," just like him. During their fight, Viktor actually comes close to winning, forcing Boyka to fight much more viciously in order to defeat him.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Koshmar is especially guilty of this.
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