Thursday, May 5, 2011

MMA Cinema Central: "Why They Fight" Trailer

“There would be no passion in this world if we never had to fight for what we love.” -Susie Switzer

Fighting is a part of nature. It is an innate, instinctive aspect of the animal mind. Some just happen to be better at it than others. Some are hunters. Others become the hunted. The hunters, the gladiators, and modern day warriors of our world are those who take their hunt to the cage.

Why They Fight, a new independent film by freelance videographer Mark Rattelle, offers insight into the fighting instincts of two UFC hopefuls. The film tracks the lives of Brian Kelleher and Samad Mobley, offerring an intimate look at realties of becoming a professional fighter.

"Why They Fight"

Today, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is king, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing sports of all time. This short follows Brian Kelleher and Samad Mobley in the ring and out of it--into their lives, set in two very different worlds. One fights to succeed. The other fights to survive. The only place where their backgrounds don't matter is inside the ring.

Brian’s only job is training full-time for MMA fighting; his parents' support lets him do that. A native of Selden, Long Island, Brian trains in a state of the art gym with hundreds of bags, state of the art equipment, 3 sparring rings and a plethora of coaching. He is in the game with the hope of some day turning pro, and to some day make, “the real money.”

Samad works as a janitor in a middle school. After work, he trains at “Ghetto Dayz Fight Club.” For him, fighting is a way to keep him off the streets and out of the trouble so many of his friends have stumbled into. Mobley admits that if it weren’t for professional fighting he would either be “dead or in jail.” From Newark, New Jersey, he fights for the sport, for the hobby and for something to do.

The only place their backgrounds don't matter is inside the cage.

1 comment:

  1. This film will be playing at the Long Island International Film Festival on July 9th at 7:00