It was an exciting time for MMA. UFC was no longer in its infancy and it was becoming the fastest growing sport in the world. This installment of the campaign focused on the mental preparation that these fighters go through and endure.
As a boxing purist, I had an initial disdain for MMA. But after following eight fighters, day and night for three weeks in Vegas, leading up to fight night, I was enamored by these athletes. We shot 16mm film with Derek Cianfrance, and burned so much celluloid, we ended up putting together an hour long documentary that was screened at Sundance. Fun times.