Mexican fighter, a documentary film by popular producer, Bobby Razak, is an amazing and fresh look at the warrior spirit of the Mexican heritage and the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters who embody that same fighting spirit.
The film follows three big names in MMA, former WEC Bantamweight Champion, Miguel Torres, former Strikeforce lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez, and UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez from their childhood to UFC days (actually ending in late 2009.) Viewers will be privy to a rare and very intimate glimpse into the hearts of these athletes as they share with the viewer the love, dedication, and importance of culture and family.
Many fans are familiar with Velasquez’s famous “Brown Pride” tattoo, spiritedly inscribed across his chest. This documentary pretty much embodies that tattoo and gives you the very reason why Cain would have put it there. Its starts off with brief and simple introductions to the three fighters and their early family life, then goes into the trials, tribulations, and hardships associated with Mexican immigrant life, as told by the fighters themselves. One by one, the three men each have a turn telling about their early life in America, their connections to Mexico, and what fighting, and especially Mexicans in the sport, did to change their own paths.
This documentary, now available for purchase, also features a host of cameos from other fan favorites such as Jake Shields, Ryan Bader, Frank Shamrock and Jacob “Stitch” Duran that all gave insight as to what it means to be a Mexican fighter.
I felt as though this documentary was executed in a different light. Where most other documentaries give you a similar background on the featured fighter and an exclusive look into their training, Mexican Fighter actually gives you a strong psychological perspective into culture, ancestry and what that mentality does to change who you are as a person, a professional and a fighter. Every race has their own heritages and strengths, if you will, that make them stand out from others. In our fast-paced modern world, it’s easy to forget about the past.
Razak’s film, however, brings about that realization in a very tasteful, informative way that actually makes you consider what may intrinsically be lying dormant beneath every fighter, beneath every man.
It makes you realize that sometimes, fighting to represent your hometown is more than just a humble shout-out. Sometimes, it is a sobering reminder of the weight that you carry for not one, but all. When you hear the uniform chants that fill the Brazilian stadiums and the boisterous cheers from Canadian arenas, and when you see the pure excitement becoming palpable during tournaments in Japan, you realize that this is a part of everyone. Where you come from and who you were will rise out of you when least expect it and it will make you who you are.bobby razak, Cain Velasquez, Gilbert Melendez, Miguel Torres, mma, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, ufc