It’s from the tournament genre. i.e. the hero is somehow tricked or forced into competing in some shadowy no holds barred fighting tournament.
There must be a million movies like this.
In the one I am thinking of, the “bad guy,” so to speak is an Asian guy who stands there at the beginning of each fight holding his sword as if he is giving it as a gift. Also, I remember that the hero has a buddy who is in the tournament; the buddy is a good old boy who eventually gets killed by the bad guy. The last thing I remember is that the hero’s girlfriend is being held prisoner by someone, probably the tournament organizers. She is guarded by another girl who speaks to her in French.
thanks in advance