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Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a B-movie sequel to Undisputed, directed by Isaac Florentine from 2006.

This time, Chambers is upgraded from a Villain Protagonist to an Anti-Hero, and is played by Michael Jai White. In this particular setting, Mafia-types run the prison fighting organization of a particular Russian prison and make money off of it. They frame Chambers for drug use so he will be sent to jail and they can pit him against their own resident champion, Mixed Martial Arts fighter Yuri Boyka (played by Scott Adkins). For a while, Chambers refuses to fight Boyka, but they promise he will be freed. So he agrees. As you can see, it's fairly similar to the plot of the first movie.

This film has the examples of:

  • The Ace: As the most complete fighter in the world, Boyka is crazily proficient at both striking and grappling. The only way to beat him is training to become another Ace.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Yes, Boyka has his faults; in fact, they are many. But his scream after Chambers breaks his knee is heartbreaking all the same.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Both Chambers and Boyka qualify, but the former mellows down through the film and becomes a much nicer guy.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts:
    • Chambers is somehow able to learn effective grappling (and not mere submission defense, but throws, wrestling and some pretty complex leglock game, all of which works fine against a much more experienced grappler) in a few days with a wheelchair-bounded old man as his only sparring partner. It is not needed to say how improbable is this.
    • The kneebar Chambers uses to finish Boyka seems to run on the same principle as the Judo armlock called ude-gatame, but this action would never be mechanically possible on a leg. Trying to isolate a leg like that would be so unstable that any natural movement of the opponent (pushing, pulling, turning to any side) would get his knee out of the necessary position, and even if the opponent somehow didn't attempt to escape (like Boyka admittedly does), the amount of arm strength required to crack a human leg in half from such position would require the user to be The Incredible Hulk at the least.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Alex, the Muay Thai fighter, tries his art's traditional approach of charging forward against Boyka. He then loses, because Boyka is too good at blocking and evading.
  • Bad Boss: Boyka's training method consistst mainly in brutalizing his obedient mooks.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: During their first fight, Boyka tries to beat Chambers with his fists only, but he ends up briefly knocked out. Consequently, he drops the handicap off and starts using his legs.
  • Born Lucky: Although it is overlooked by the narrative, and even for all his training, Chambers is visibly saved by the bell in the first round of the final fight. Having just surprised him with grappling from his back, Boyka switched from a failed triangle choke to a triangle armbar, and it actually looked like he had it locked just before the referee stepped in to sign the end of the round.
  • Call-Back: Chambers’ water being drugged was also proposed by the prisoners to Monroe in the original Undisputed, but Monroe shut the idea down before anyone could go through with it. This time, no one bothered to tell Boyka till after the fact, and he takes it about as well.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The kneebar variation which Nikolai teach to Chambers, who later uses it to break Boyka's leg.
  • Force and Finesse:
    • Demonstrated by Boyka in the fight against Alex. While the latter goes nuts on him with his Thai strikes, Boyka calmly and patiently avoids most of his attacks, letting him spend his energy, and then starts demolishing him with well placed Taekwondo haymakers, ultimately finishing it with ground and pound.
    • Then demostrated by Chambers in his first fights against Boyka. After the Russian idiotically goads him to a boxing contest, the round transpires with Boyka throwing wild hooks and Chambers bobbing and slipping them while landing punishing blows from the commodity of his expertise. He then lands a combo on a stunned Boyka and drops him down with a massive uppercut.
    • Their final fight is a mix of the previous two, with Chambers playing defensive counterstriking while Boyka comes with all on him. Only this time Chambers has much more tools to exert his strategy, and he uses also leg kicks and sweeps to capitalize on Boyka's relatively large openings. He then switches to offensive in the third round.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Chambers's fighting style.
  • Instant Expert: For an orthodox boxer, Chambers adapts remarkably well to Boyka's first mixed martial arts assaults, as he perfectly times some punches through Boyka's kicks and even clinches effectively with him; the boxer only loses after being drugged with spiked water. His posterior learning of grappling is even faster.
  • In the Back: Boyka liks to perform standing back takes and hold his opponents in a Headlock of Dominance, but only to do nothing with it aside from trying to psych them down. This is deconstructed by a newly trained Chambers, who capitalizes on it to throw Boyka down with a nice Judo ippon seoi nage.
  • Karma Houdini: Gaga, the evil mastermind of the film, leaves the film with millions in his pocket.
  • The Last Title: Used as the film's subtitle.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Boyka has some sense knocked into his head by Chambers in their first fight, he promptly drops the hands-only handicap and starts putting his kicks, knees and throws to work.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Or rather the hard conditions of a Russian prison.
  • Neck Lift: An odd heroic version done by Chambers to Boyka before dropping for a leglock.
  • No-Sell: Boyka does not even try to block or check many of Alex's strikes; he is so tough than he can afford eating them to show off.
  • Old Master: Nikolai becomes one.
  • Power Copying:
    • Boyka starts copying Alex's muay thai strikes later in their fight, only with much more poise, to prove how superior he is.
    • Chambers also adopts some of Boyka's spinning arm blocks and strikes in the later rounds of the final fight.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: In a negative, almost frightening light. Yuri seems to be a devout member of the Russian Orthodox church, but it doesn't stop it from killing people nonchalantly.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: To Chambers and Nikolai, at least.
  • Training from Hell: By Chambers in order to beat Boyka.
  • Wicked Cultured: Boyka plays chess and collects stamps.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Boyka nails his first opponent with a springboard headlock takedown, and later, during his training, he performs a hurricanrana to one of his henchmen.
  • You Have Failed Me: After knowing Chambers was drugged, an enraged Boyka kills two of his cornermen, who were the plotters of the ruse.