Couch, blanket and documentaries about our favorite sports… Is there a better plan than that, when we can’t train? Combat sports documentary.
One of the best combat sports documentaries to come out lately is undoubtedly “Fightworld . ” A 2018 documentary series produced by Netflix (see here the trailer on YouTube), where the actor Frank Grillo travels to different countries of the world to discover the different local disciplines such as Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Lethwei.
Speaking of Boxing , we cannot not mention two masterpieces of the genre. The first is “When we were kings” , a 1996 documentary about one of the most legendary battles in the history of noble art. “Rumble in the jungle”, that is Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) on October 30, 1974. It features the participation and live performance of world famous musicians such as James Brown, Miriam Makeba and BB King. It won the Academy Awards as the best feature-length documentary of the year.
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The second essential documentary on boxing is surely “Thriller in Manila” , a UK production that came out in 2008. The subject is the third fight for the World Heavyweight Championship between Muhammad Alí and Joe Frazier that took place in the Philippines in 1975. It is on YouTube and can be seen in Spanish.
For MMA lovers, “The hurt business” is a very good 2016 documentary about Mixed Martial Arts . It has the participation of fighters such as John Jones, George St. Pierre, Matt Serra and Fabricio Werdum among others. For those nostalgic for Pride FC we recommend “A decade of Pride fighting in Mixed Martial Arts” on YouTube, while for UFC fans we have another “must see”, “Fighting for a generation: 20 years of the UFC” .
It could not be other than the great John Wayne Parr, the representative of Muay Thai and Kick Boxing chosen for this article. 2011’s “Blessed with Venom” chronicles the career and life of the former 10-time world champion Australian wrestler.
Our choice for the world of Wrestling is “Team Foxcatcher” . This 2016 documentary film can be seen on Netflix . It tells the true story of billionaire John E. du Pont’s involvement in the formation of the United States Olympic Wrestling team. There is also a very good movie, “Foxcatcher”, based on the very facts of this incredible true story.
“Jiu Jitsu vs the world” is a documentary that no Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lover should miss. She came out in 2016 and talks about the positive impact of BJJ on the lives of those who practice it. It can be found on YouTube with subtitles in Spanish.
We end with “Judo for the world documentary series” , a series of documentaries produced by the IJF (International Judo Federation) that teaches us about the culture and the people behind Judo . Small clips from various countries of the world, with inspiring stories related to this sport.