I had the opportunity to screen the UFC documentary “Fighting For A Generation” and it was absolutely fantastic. I have to watch a lot of media content from fight promotions, fighters and websites around the world and honestly much of it blurs together. Fighter ‘A’ is in the best of shape of his life, he hopes fighter ‘B’ is healthy so he can face the best fighter ‘B’ possible and he had fighters ‘X, Y and Z’ all come out to help him with the camp.
I am not one of those people who claims to have watched UFC 1 and fell in love with it from the beginning. Admittedly, I am not sure what UFC I saw first. All I remember about the first UFC I watched was that some guy in his pajamas climbed onto someone elses back and made him submit. Since the person’s house I was at always bought the wrestling pay-per-views, I was convinced it was as fake as the WWF. I wasn’t there to watch fighting, real or fake. Frankly, I was there to play pool and smoke cigarettes, and I only stopped to watch the main event because everyone else at the party did. I was a teenager in my prime, and all that means is that I was young and stupid. It took me until about UFC 8 to understand how much I loved the sport.
Since I am willing to admit that I don’t know everything, whenever someone gives an oral history of combat sports I get very excited. I get hyperfocused on the stories, the settings and all of the blood and guts it took to move it to the place it is today. When I heard the UFC was doing a documentary on the company’s history I was pretty sure I was going to like some of it. Part of me thought it was going to be Henry Rollins speaking in a monotone voice and over enunciating all of his words while old fight footage played in the background. Part of me also thought it was going to be one big commercial about how awesome the UFC is, but thats not what this is.
I can’t give anything away on the documentary, but I can say they did a very good job setting the scene for all of the highs and all of the lows the company has faced. You can hear the desperation in Bob Meyrowitz’s voice when he discusses wanting to sell the UFC and how happy he was when he got two million dollars for the promotion. You can tell how much Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta believed in the UFC when they went against their father’s wishes when they purchased the UFC. You can hear how excited UFC President Dana White was when he talks about making a deal for the second season of The Ultimate Fighter just minutes after the first finale was done. This is hard to accomplish when you have gathered and scoured through as much history and fighting as I have.
This is must see tv for any UFC fan. You will hear from fighters, celebrities, and pundits alike, all talking about the evolution of the UFC. No matter how much you know about the UFC, you WILL learn something. The show airs tomorrow night on FOX Sports 1. Check your local listings for times.
Check out a short preview of the show.
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