This season, Kenny Powers met his match in Russian pitcher Ivan Dochenko (played by Ike Barinholtz), a mulleted young punk who throws heat and pumps raves. Ivan seems like an obvious callback to Rocky IV‘s Russian villain Ivan Drago. Here is a series of videos devoted to Drago and the man who played him, Dolph Lundgren. He must break you.

https://www.youtube.com/v/uL4gjQFsw9E?version=3&hl=en_US
“I fight all my life and I never lose.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/1mIZfAp8x2g?version=3&hl=en_US
Log Cabin Training Montage Tribute

https://www.youtube.com/v/aVVvWzCs2RA?version=3&hl=en_US
“Nature … it’s really amazing. Planets, the elements, wind, water, life, and death. Unpredictable yet somehow in balance.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/JGHyN3tj35Q?version=3&hl=en_US
Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko channeling Ivan Drago on ESPN.

https://www.youtube.com/v/l_I_gmWEGBo?version=3&hl=en_US
Dolph Lundgren karate chops a stack of ice blocks.

https://www.youtube.com/v/V675Yjyj0l8?version=3&hl=en_US
From Dolph Lundgren’s Maximum Potential workout.

https://www.youtube.com/v/OxlQZmk7X7Q?version=3&hl=en_US
Ivan Drago (Produced by Detroit Red)

https://www.youtube.com/v/drqwPKsrKc8?version=3&hl=en_US
“If he dies. He dies.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/mA7q4_h7820?version=3&hl=en_US
Action figure remake of Rocky IV.

https://www.youtube.com/v/9wBq3wPBOXc?version=3&hl=en_US
Dolph Lundgren doing “A Little Less Conversation” on a Swedish variety show.

https://www.youtube.com/v/yCHO3g-UoOI?version=3&hl=en_US
Ivan Drago Rules! USSR!

https://www.youtube.com/v/vq3-MlM42B0?version=3&hl=en_US
The Rocky IV trailer re-cut into a gay romance.

https://www.youtube.com/v/l2N4EDHfdFM?version=3&hl=en_US
DRAGOOOOOOO!

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Eastbound & Drago

This season, Kenny Powers met his match in Russian pitcher Ivan Dochenko (played by Ike Barinholtz), a mulleted young punk who throws heat and pumps raves. Ivan seems like an obvious callback to Rocky IV‘s Russian villain Ivan Drago. Here is a series of videos devoted to Drago and the man who played him, Dolph Lundgren. He must break you.

https://www.youtube.com/v/uL4gjQFsw9E?version=3&hl=en_US
“I fight all my life and I never lose.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/1mIZfAp8x2g?version=3&hl=en_US
Log Cabin Training Montage Tribute

https://www.youtube.com/v/aVVvWzCs2RA?version=3&hl=en_US
“Nature … it’s really amazing. Planets, the elements, wind, water, life, and death. Unpredictable yet somehow in balance.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/JGHyN3tj35Q?version=3&hl=en_US
Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko channeling Ivan Drago on ESPN.

https://www.youtube.com/v/l_I_gmWEGBo?version=3&hl=en_US
Dolph Lundgren karate chops a stack of ice blocks.

https://www.youtube.com/v/V675Yjyj0l8?version=3&hl=en_US
From Dolph Lundgren’s Maximum Potential workout.

https://www.youtube.com/v/OxlQZmk7X7Q?version=3&hl=en_US
Ivan Drago (Produced by Detroit Red)

https://www.youtube.com/v/drqwPKsrKc8?version=3&hl=en_US
“If he dies. He dies.”

https://www.youtube.com/v/mA7q4_h7820?version=3&hl=en_US
Action figure remake of Rocky IV.

https://www.youtube.com/v/9wBq3wPBOXc?version=3&hl=en_US
Dolph Lundgren doing “A Little Less Conversation” on a Swedish variety show.

https://www.youtube.com/v/yCHO3g-UoOI?version=3&hl=en_US
Ivan Drago Rules! USSR!

https://www.youtube.com/v/vq3-MlM42B0?version=3&hl=en_US
The Rocky IV trailer re-cut into a gay romance.

https://www.youtube.com/v/l2N4EDHfdFM?version=3&hl=en_US
DRAGOOOOOOO!