A career of fighting in the context of sport has never been for me. I’ve always known this as the kind of person who in high school, refused to head the ball in football (soccer), simply because I didn’t want a headache afterwards. And so began my curiosity about the brave ones who don’t give a second thought to putting themselves in ‘harms way’ for sport sake.
Directed by Vlad Yudin and with narration by Kevin Costner, The Hurt Business offers a comprehensive look at the world of Mixed Martial Artists (MMA) of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Along with learning about the history of the sport and its increasingly bright looking future, we get to watch interviews with the UFC’s biggest names. Names including Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Jay Hieron and Chuck Liddel to name just a few.
I enjoyed The Hurt Business because it answered all the questions I had about the MMA and UFC world, especially as I’m someone who has never watched a single match and probably won’t anytime soon. Why? I was one of the very few people who didn’t race to the scene when someone rushed into the high school cafeteria to shout ‘fight, fight, fight, fight!’ to announce that a massive fight was happening just outside.
My favourite highlight in The Hurt Business is the fact that one of the UFC’s biggest names, Jon Jones is featured quite prominently throughout. It still didn’t feel like quite enough though – because who doesn’t want more of looking at greatness up close?
On another note, I’ve basically forgiven Yudin for not featuring the very charismatic Conor McGregor more. He couldn’t really, because The Hurt Business was made in 2015 and McGregor was yet to have his big record breaking 2016. Now I want a Ronda Rousey documentary.
To watch the The Hurt Business or not to watch The Hurt Business…? Do it if you’re curious, like I am. It’s also good for anyone contemplating a future as an MMA fighter or knows someone who is because the documentary offers a balanced look at what life can be like; the highs, the lows and everything in between.
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