Are you looking for MMA inspired media to consume with no fights this week?
For what feels like the first time in forever, there isn’t a UFC card on the immediate horizon. This can leave many fight fans in a lurch with no organized violence to fill their time. But have no fear. With the surge in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts comes a surge in popularity for Mixed Martial Arts inspired popular culture.
We have compiled a list of the three best MMA-inspired movies and television available to stream today to tithe you over until the organized violence returns in February.
1. Cobra Kai
Cobra Kai follows the story of Miguel Diaz, played by Xolo Maridueña, a dorky kid who has run afoul of bullies in his new school. His neighbor, Johnny Lawrence, comes across him and his bullies and helps Diaz defend himself from an attack. Diaz then joins the dojo and becomes the first student of the new Cobra Kai. Which is focused on self-defense.
2. Born A Champion
Born A Champion is written by and starring real-life Brazilian Ju-Jitsu black belt Sean Patrick Flanery with appearances by current UFC featherweight Edson Barboza. This film is a love letter to the early days of MMA and those fans who spent hours on message boards and forums looking for the next great fighter and ripping grainy fight footage for their personal collections.
The film follows Mickey, played by Flanery, a middle-aged BJJ blackbelt with a moral code and his struggle to navigate through a world where Mixed Martial Arts are booming in popularity, and people are paying huge sums of money for people to participate in tournaments around the world.
Embattled follows a more modern MMA story as lightweight and welterweight WFA champion Cash Boykins (think Conor McGregor with a southern accent) has the opportunity to rebuild a relationship with his 18-year-old son Jett, played by Jared Mann, with whom he has not had a relationship with, in many years.
A film for the more mature MMA fans among us as it grapples with themes of substance abuse, and toxic masculinity, which has plagued all levels of MMA since its rise in popularity nearly 30 years ago.