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Notorious: The Conor McGregor Documentary

“…I don’t care about nothing else, I don’t know about nothing else…”

From his previous interviews, I always got a sense that Conor McGregor was a true student of the fight game. But this documentary reveals just how much he has devoted his life to fighting and to MMA. As the camera follows him around, you realize that he doesn’t do anything else other than train, train, and train. He does the UFC media obligations. And then he trains some more. Where ever he travels to, he will find a gym and train there.

The documentary begins with the fight against Marcus Brimage and follows Conor McGregor in his preparation for the fight against Max Holloway. We see the deep relationship he has with John Kavanagh and his training at SBG. We are also invited into Conor McGregory’s home and meet his mother and father who give and interesting background on Conor that we haven’t seen in any Countdown or feature shows.

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Anderson Silva Documentary – Like Water

The Anderson Silva Documentary – Like Water

Anderson Silva is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He was the UFC Middleweight King from October 2006 to July 2013. He defended his title a record 13 times. Before the UFC, Anderson Silva was the Cage Rage Middleweight Champion, a title he earned in September 2004. Anderson Silva may very well be the best middleweight MMA champion because he was the only MMA middleweight champion!

But to me, Anderson Silva is a bit of a waste of talent. He was a really good fighter in a really talent dry division. It’s a shame that now we have an almost-40 year old Anderson Silva who has suffered a devastating leg injury at the hands of Chris Weidman. We never really got to see Anderson Silva put his talent to the test and fight some MMA legends.

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Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko (Full Fight)

Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Fedor vs Werdum, 26 June 2010

fabricio werdum vs fedor emelianenkoFabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko is a historic MMA fight. Fedor comes into this fight with an undefeated record in his 10 years of fighting. An absolute machine when it comes to systematically taking down and taking apart each and every one of his opponents. The former Pride Heavyweight Champion has defeated MMA legends in Matt Lindland, Mark Hunt, CroCop, Mark Coleman, and Andrei Arlovski. Lets also not forget his incredible trilogy fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Fight I, Fight II, Fight III). The king of MMA has finally come to the USA and we are treated to watching him fight against one of the greatest BJJ grapplers.

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Jacare vs Roger Gracie II

Jacare vs Roger Gracie II, 2004 World Jiu Jitsu Championships

jacare vs roger gracie IIJacare vs Roger Gracie II 2004 is widely regarded as one of the greatest BJJ matches in the history of BJJ competition. Ronaldo Jacare Souza and Roger Gracie are two of the most talented and accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world. These two fighters have developed a little bit of a rivalry through the years. Jacare vs Roger Gracie II is their second meeting with Roger Gracie having won their first match in the 2002 World Championships.

Jacare vs Roger Gracie II is the controversial match where Roger Gracie broke Jacare’s arm but Jacare continued and won the most prestigious trophy in BJJ.

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Mana: BJ Penn – 2014 documentary

Mana: BJ Penn, a documentary

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Mana: BJ Penn is the new 2014 released documentary on former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn. BJ Penn is one of the best MMA fighters of all time. He brought fight fans around the world and throughout history incredible fights. Fights against Caol Uno, Matt Hughes, George St-Pierre, Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez, and Jens Pulver. Everytime BJ Penn steps in the ring, he will battle his opponent and leave it all in the octagon. Despite all his achievements, I’ve sometimes viewed BJ Penn’s career as a bit of a tragedy. He had all the talent, all the tools, all the means, and all the opportunities. But I don’t believe that he reached his full potential in MMA.

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UFC vs Pride 2003 (Full Fights)

UFC vs Pride 2003, Japan, August – November 2003

ufc-vs-pride-2003Full fight videos including commentary from Dana White as well as history of UFC vs Pride 2003. Chuck Liddell enters the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix against the top Pride fighters at the time.

By 2003, Pride had established itself as the premier MMA promotion in the world. Pride had most of the legendary fighters of today including the Nogueira brothers, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem and many more. The UFC also had their own stable of legends including Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell. Both of these organizations had put on incredible events drawing crowds and building the sport of MMA.

Even though Pride was the leading MMA promotion at the time, the UFC and Pride were on an inevitable collision course. Having UFC fighters compete against Pride fighters would have been a fight fans ultimate fantasy come true. Not only would the fights be exciting, but this would also be a great marketing opportunity for the UFC. Pride fighters were considered the best in the world. With the UFC putting their fighters against the Pride fighters, win or lose it would be a great marketing campaign to promote the UFC and the quality of UFC fighters. Dana White had spent a good amount of time and effort campaigning for a UFC vs Pride show down. This would be a fight for the Pride Middleweight Championship between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

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World Vale Tudo Championships III (Full Tournament)

World Vale Tudo Championships III, 19 Jan 1997, Brazil

world-vale-tudo-championships-3Before there was the UFC, Strikeforce, and WEC. Before there was even Pride. There was Vale Tudo. The World Vale Tudo Championships was the ultimate tournament for no rules free style MMA. Tournaments aimed to find the best fighter out of 14 in one night of pure action. Each fight scheduled for one round lasting 30 minutes.

World Vale Tudo Championships was also home to some UFC and Pride stars before those organizations came into place. In World Vale Tudo Championships III, we have notable MMA fighters Pedro Rizzo and Mark Kerr. This tournament also features Fabio Gurgel. Fabio Gurgel’s MMA career ended with his participation in the World Value Tudo Championships III. However it is worth pointing out that he is an incredible BJJ practitioner with multiple BJJ Championships. He is also the teacher of BJJ legend Marcelo Garcia and BJJ phenom plus UFC Welterweight standout Demian Maia.

WVC is also a particularly important piece of MMA history. Similar to the way the Gracie’s pictured Ultimate Fighting, WVC pitted fighters against each other with very little rules and no gloves. These fighters are masters of their style and are willing to put their skills and training on the line against the master of another style in order to become Champion. A prime example of this is the very first fight in WVC III. We see Zane Frazier against Sidney Goncalves Freitas aka Master Hulk. Zane Frazier is an American Kick Boxer where as Master Hulk is a master level Capoeira player. We at Cage Inspiration were particularly interested in watching a Capoeira fighter in an MMA ring as we hardly see this any more.

World Vale Tudo Championships III is full of great action and exciting fights. Even though every fight is schedule for 30 minutes, most of the fights don’t even reach the three minute mark. Every fight ends with a finish, there are no decisions and judges score cards in World Vale Tudo Championships.

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie I (Full Fight)

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie I, Pride Grand Prix, 1 May 2000

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This is a monumental fight in MMA history and signifies the evolution of the sport.

Kazushi Sakuraba is known as The Gracie Hunter or even as The Gracie Killer. Throughout his career, he defeated four members of the Gracie family including Royler, Royce, Renzo, and Ryan. He single-handedly dismantled the unbeatable institution.

This is the legendary fight, Kazushi Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie. The rules for the match were altered to reflect the Gracie mentality of allowing the best fighter to prevail. The match had no time limit and virtually no rules except for no eye gouging and no attacks to the groin. Rounds were 15 minutes each with one minute rest in between. This epic and engaging thriller lasted 90 minutes but without a single dull moment.

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Pride Shockwave 2005 (Full Event Video)

Pride Shockwave, 31st December 2005

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2005 was a good year for Pride, with incredible events that served as historical milestones for MMA. This year, Pride held it’s first ever Welterweight and Lightweight tournaments. Pride also held an incredibly competitive Middleweight Grand Prix.

Pride Shockwave is considered one of the most epic events in Pride history. The evening featured a main event fight between Wanderlei Silva and Ricardo Arona for the Pride Middleweight Championship. This was an especially interesting fight since Ricardo Arona had previously defeated Wanderlei Silva in the semi-finals of the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix in Pride Final Conflict held on the 28th August 2005.
The event also featured the final rounds of the first ever Pride Welterweight tournament between MMA legends Murilo Bustamante and Dan Henderson. Shockwave 2005 also had the final round of the first ever Pride Lightweight tournament between Takanori Gomi and Hayat Sakurai. The winners of these tournaments would be crowned as Pride’s first ever Welterweight Champion and Lightweight Champion.

As if the evening wasn’t exciting enough, Pride Shockwave 2005 also features an awesome match up between Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic vs Mark Hunt.

The event is about 3 hours long. Perfect for a lazy MMA Sunday. 

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Choke: Rickson Gracie Documentary (Full Video)

Rickson Gracie documentary

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An insightful documentary that offers a window into the life and philosophy of the greatest Gracie Jiujitsu fighter of all time.  The documentary captures the utter devotion Rickson has towards BJJ. His life, his mind, his body only seem to be temporary and physical manifestations of a powerful and immortal spirit. The most powerful message is that each of us possesses this spirit. It is up to ourselves to find it, focus on it, and strengthen it.

This Rickson Gracie documentary follows Rickson and two other fighters, Todd Hays and Koichiro Kimura, as they prepare for Vale Tudo Japan 1995. Rickson Gracie is the defending champion. He travels to Japan with his family for the tournament. In this documentary we also see a young  Rockson Gracie and Kron Gracie. The film shows the entire Vale Tudo Championships tournament including an unbelievable performance from Yuki Nakai.

The most interesting aspect of Rickson Gracies training compared to the other fighters is that he not only concentrates on preparing physically, but mentally as well. In an unforgettable scene in Japan, Rickson brings his two sons to a frozen river with a mini waterfall. In an act that would normally turn humans into meat popsicles, Rickson and his sons dive in and embrace the cold water. Rickson describes drawing an incredibly fulfilling energy and strength from the water. A state of zen and understanding of self, and mind-body control that is necessary in leading a fulfilling life.

The Rickson Gracie documentary catches a sliver of Rickson Gracie wisdom in an interview he gives during a training session. Be sure to watch Rickson Gracie’s interview starting at the 6:10 minute mark. A truly inspiring view of Gracie JiuJitsu, martial arts, and perhaps life.

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