Price: Rent or Buy HERE
Best place to buy: Amazon.com
Genres: Documentary, Sports
Director: James Z.feng
Starring: Nick Diaz, Cesar Gracie, Chuck Liddell
Run time: 79 mins
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The only way you can know what it means to live the life of a professional fighter, is by becoming one yourself. But if you have not trained MMA, maybe you are too scared to try, you’re too old, or physically you just can’t – then the next best thing is watching a documentary like Fight Life from the safety of your sofa.
So today at the MMAGateway we are going to be reviewing this Documentary Fight Life giving you the full picture as well as giving you a guide on where you can watch the documentary yourself.
This is an exciting review for me today, because I saw this documentary years ago and it was a profound look at the ups and downs of being a professional fighter at various levels of their career back in 2009, although the documentary itself didn’t drop till 2014 after a 5 year wait to release for unknown reasons.
It’s honest and hard hitting from Director James Z. Feng which it needs to be given the fact that the documentary includes MMA legends like Nick Diaz, Chuck Liddell, Cesar Gracie, Jake Shields, Frank Shamrock, Gilbert Melendez, Lyle Beerbohm and John McCarthy among others.
Here’s a quick video for you to get a feel of this great documentary –
The best parts of this documentary
- No Hollywood glamour and pulls no punches – one of my favourite parts of this documentary is the fact that it really doesn’t give you a glamorised hollywood feel, everything feels and is authentic. From the fighters, living their lives, the intense training schedules, the injuries, the family and friends and of course the bright lights of fighting in the big shows – I particularly enjoyed segments with Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Cesar Gracie, Frank Shamrock and Chuck Liddell.
- Really highlights the financial difficulties of fighters – something which sticks out for me when I first watched this, which at the time I was already aware of from pro fighters I have trained with, that the financial difficulties can be really extreme for many fighters in between fights. Now sure the footage is mostly back from 2009 – 2010 and fighters are a little bit better taken care of now, but the financial stress underlined in this documentary are still relevant for too many fighters, which is particularly insightful for any young people considering becoming a professional MMA fighter.
- The psychology of a fighter – What does it really take to mentally to be a successful MMA fighter? What kind of life experience and characters are likely to make MMA fighters? How does living the lifestyle of a fighter take a toll on you mentally over time? How are family and friends psychologically impacted? All these important psychological questions and more are answered in this documentary, which again gives some really powerful insights.
- Awesome cameos, interviews and reality tv from some legendary fighters and names in the sport such as: Nick Diaz, Chuck Liddell, Cesar Gracie, Jake Shields, Frank Shamrock, Gilbert Melendez, Lyle Beerbohm, John McCarthy and others.
- Honest insight into the life of a professional fighter, with no hollywood glamour, it really pulls no punches and shows the real grind of a fighter from the fights, to training and everything in between.
- Not too long and not too short with a solid 79 minute run time.
- Accurate and well researched statistics about the MMA in general which adds to the honest, authentic style of the documentary.
- Really underlines how tough it can be financially for professional fighters, with promotions undercutting fighters, heavy training/travelling costs and the impacts of injuries.
- I love how this documentary also really digs into the psychology of a fighter, what is needed to be successful, how family, friends, partners, environments and experiences all factor in to someone becoming and continuing as a professional MMA fighter.
- Made by James Z.feng who seems to really care about giving an honest perspective of MMA. While he has had no MMA experience, he does comes from a martial arts based family and has dabbled in a variety of martial arts in his life.
- Available to buy in a lot of different formats.
- Great price for such a great documentary.
- It took so long to release, I can remember waiting for this documentary back in 2009, then 5 years later it eventually came out. After such a long wait to get it, because it is so good and given that its 2019 now – I would like to see Fight Life 2 at some point in the future.
See the real grind
This is no sugar coated ride, if you want that then this Fight Life documentary is not for you, but the truth hurts so if you want to see the real pain, the real grind of being an MMA fighter from those that have and are doing it at all levels of the game, then you will literally LOVE this Documentary.
Even if you have never watched MMA before, if you respect good documentaries then you will still enjoy this documentary generally.
So if you want to buy or rent a copy of it now, then you can do that right HERE.
That’s all for today ladies and gentlemen I hope you enjoyed this so as always like, share, subscribe and as always stay tuned for more from the world of MMA right here at the MMAGateway.