Vladimir Putin considered tougher than Chuck Norris

SOUTH KOREA – Chuck Norris may be one of America’s toughest action heroes, but he’s no longer the most dangerous man in the world.

The World Taekwondo Federation has awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin an honorary ninth-degree black belt, one step above Chuck Norris. According to the New York Post, Putin was humbled by the honor.

“I’m not sure if I deserve this,” Putin said. “Let’s call it our campaign to popularize this wonderful martial art. Russia will do its best to contribute to its popularity at home.”

Putin is an avid martial artist, and was the Judo champion of Leningrad as a child. The New York Post reports Norris couldn’t be reached for comment.