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2/2/13 6:49 AM
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DiazsBongWater
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Can anyone recommend some good MMA docu's? Would really like something on the Diaz bros but I don't imagine them to be the type to have film crews following them around haha

'Like water' is a good watch for anyone who hasn't seen it... Phone Post
2/2/13 7:00 AM
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"Choke"

"The Smashing Machine"
2/2/13 7:02 AM
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"Like Water" was a cool look at Anderson Silva. But "Choke" and "The Smashing Machine" absolutely come to mind at the very top of the list.
2/2/13 7:02 AM
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"Smashing Machine", must see Phone Post
2/2/13 7:05 AM
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Not MMA, but my favorite fight doc is "When We Were Kings". You gotta see it if you haven't. Phone Post
2/2/13 7:28 AM
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2/2/13 7:44 AM
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Dirk Bevlin -  "Smashing Machine", must see Phone Post

Word.

It played out like a pre-mediated fictional drama that makes a fictional block buster like "Rocky" look almost generic, but of course, T.S.M. wasn't. There were very little-if any-moments that felt staged and it still played out with a dramatic intensity as if Werner Herzog had made the film and simply chose not to Narrate. It greatly tells the tale of real fighters in almost as flawless as one could imagine an MMA Doc to be.


There are scenes in this documentary that are pure gold, as if written, but not; just complete raw reality brilliantly captured on film by a seemingly relentless ambitious production and direction crew-their passion spilling out through the movie from start to end-a lot of luck(camera's in the right place at the right time to capture very memorable moments) and superb editing and progression, especially for it's time, regarding subject matter(MMA) in the very early 2000's chronicling the Pride 2000 Grand Prix; an era when MMA was still in it's very early and very primordial form of infancy; unrecognized, unknown and disrespected. Shunned as mindless brutality, unlike today or in the past 7-8 years where the debate between MMA being a true, legitimately and athletically respected and appreciated sport, this movie takes place before there was even a real discussion to be had about MMA's legitimacy, it was still deep in the underground.

I recommended "Choke" as well, but as Dirk said, "The Smashing Machine" is a "must see." "Choke" is great too, but not only is "The Smashing Machine" a great MMA documentary, it's an amazing stand alone documentary.

It's not even required to be a hardcore, nor casual MMA fan to really enjoy this gem, it only makes it all the better if you are.

Put it at the top of your list, above "Choke" or anything else for that matter(unless you're a huge Rickson fan of course.).

2/2/13 7:45 AM
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Haven't seen that, gonna check it out for sure.

Thanks very much for posting.
2/2/13 7:52 AM
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Also it's somewhat of an MMA Doc. but more so a BJJ doc centered around Helio Gracie and the birth of BJJ.

On youtube just search "Helio Gracie documentary". If you don't understand portuguese it has subtitles, GREAT documentary in my opinion, very inspirational with a lot of interviews with a lot of the great members of the Gracie family.

It's about 60% in attention to Helio and around 40% attention to the birth and progression of BJJ(or GJJ) from JJJ that Helio set in motion as well as great insights into Helios fights, diets, mindset and unique characteristics that made him truly one of a kind and all of his superbly talented sons, as well as some of his grandsons like Ryron and Rener.
2/2/13 8:02 AM
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Driven (Jens Pulver, amazing!)

Fightville (Dustin Porier)

Choke (Rickson Gracie)

Such Great Heights (Jon Fitch)

Occupation Fighter

Like Water (Anderson Silva)

Smashing Machine (Mark Kerr)

Not really a documentary but The Hammer (Matt Hamill) was pretty good

If I think of any more I will post them. Phone Post
2/2/13 8:19 AM
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2/2/13 8:22 AM
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2/2/13 8:30 AM
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Choke and Driven get my vote Phone Post
2/2/13 8:34 AM
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2/2/13 8:39 AM
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<blockquote>Vitor Me A New One - 

Driven (Jens Pulver, amazing!)<br><br>Fightville (Dustin Porier)<br><br>Choke (Rickson Gracie)<br><br>Such Great Heights (Jon Fitch)<br><br>Occupation Fighter<br><br>Like Water (Anderson Silva)<br><br>Smashing Machine (Mark Kerr)<br><br>Not really a documentary but The Hammer (Matt Hamill) was pretty good<br><br>If I think of any more I will post them. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


</blockquote><br /> Oh buddy, I can't believe I forgot Driven. Truly amazing, turns and twists your gut, wrenches at the heart and it's best aspect simply being the allowance of putting the camera in front of Jens, sitting him down and letting him speak.

Similar to the documentary "Tyson" examining the career and inner psyche of Mike, driven really allowed Jens to spill his guts and enter my heart. And by the time it's over if your heart does not ache for Jens, then the viewer either has no heart, no respect for such an important fighter during the growth of MMA or needs to cut their dose of Prozac.

Great, great recommendation there.

Such Great Heights was entertaining, being able to get into the life of a fighter of Fitch's caliber was good enough, but god damn did it lack in actual fight footage. So HEADS UP/(slight and in my opinion unimportant)SPOILER for Such Great Heights.

----^^^Watching it from start to finish is a bitter-sweet experience. All the talk and hype of Fitch to be this 'super threat' to GSP(which in many ways, he was; great performance on Jon's part for those who watched the fight) was spoiled in the end by the actual fight being presented in the forms of quotes from Georges regarding Jon as well as journalists handing him well deserved praise, but sadly, no actual footage of the FIGHT THE VIEWER IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ENTIRE TIME. That was a downer, but still, an interesting documentary that provides some very interesting insights into the world renowned camp of AKA, to my liking shining a light on a camp that trains some of my favorite fighters, represents their ruthless work ethic and especially gives a glimpse of the brutal hard work that comes with such a respected and decorated MMA gym that sports some of the worlds top talents across many weight classes.----

Very good post and good recommendations. Would love to see this thread continue to thrive, I came to give OP suggestions, but I'm lurking like crazy with this thread knowing there are fans out there who's love for the sport runs deeper than mine and have a few suggestions on a doc, or two or hopefully three or more that I might not have yet seen.

Good post, thanks for sharing
2/2/13 8:45 AM
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2/2/13 8:48 AM
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See! that's what I'm talking about, ashamed I wasn't even aware Tanner had a documentary. That's sacrilege haha.

Thanks
2/2/13 3:03 PM
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'Man in the Arena' and free to watch on youtube!
2/3/13 7:52 AM
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The smashing machine is class!

been meaning to see choke and legacy but never heard of most of the others so thanks Homies il check them out!
2/3/13 8:08 AM
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Vitor Me A New One -  Driven (Jens Pulver, amazing!)

Fightville (Dustin Porier)

Choke (Rickson Gracie)

Such Great Heights (Jon Fitch)

Occupation Fighter

Like Water (Anderson Silva)

Smashing Machine (Mark Kerr)

Not really a documentary but The Hammer (Matt Hamill) was pretty good

If I think of any more I will post them. Phone Post

ditto.

i was never a Jon Fitch fan until i saw "Such Great Heights"... very interesting movie.
2/3/13 8:09 AM
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Silva vs Fedor - "Choke"

"The Smashing Machine"
These. My Favs absolutely love choke. Phone Post
2/3/13 8:10 AM
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jayu - 'Man in the Arena' and free to watch on youtube!
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2/3/13 8:33 AM
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The Striking Truth is a good one that hasn't been mentioned, it shows the rise of GSP and the fall from grace for David Loiseau. Phone Post

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