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Awesome Looking MMA Documentary Alert: ‘Fighting Fear’ Focuses on Friendship Between Aussie Fighter and Pro Surfer

(Video courtesy of YouTube/LuckieBoot)

A new Australian documentary was released this week and it looks pretty damn good.

Fighting Fear focuses on the lives of two best friends who happen to be professional sportsmen and how their relationship with each other helped the them through the low points of their lives.

The film gives a glimpse into the lives of childhood friends, pro surfer Mark Mathews and MMA fighter Richie “Vas” Vaculik and examines how each had to deal with their fears to do what they do for a living.

Narrated by Warrior actor Joel Edgerton, the movie follows the two adrenaline junkies through their real-life struggles as they strive to make it in their respective ultra-competitive sports.

There were moments when filming, like when one of the stars was arrested for his involvement in a brawl, when the film seemed like it may never be completed, but even through bouts of binge drinking and bitter arguments, the documentary made it out unscathed, much like the pair’s friendship.

“In hindsight we were very lucky, and a lot of our friends weren’t so lucky, so I felt that if we could get Mark and Richie to go on record and warts and all talk about all this kind of stuff, it [would] help some of the other guys and kids all over the world,” the director Macario De Souza, who also directed Surf documentary Bra Boys explained to the NZ Herald. ”But then there was definitely times where I had to keep the camera rolling when they were in distress and that was kind of tough, and even just asking them really personal questions really got awkward at times.”

Although the stars of the documentary say they enjoyed the process of making the film the past few years, Vaculik, who was the one involved in the brawl said it was tough to watch some of his darker moments like going to court to face charges back in 2008 of grievous bodily harm, after allegedly beating a man unconscious.

“It’s something I’m not proud of, it happened, but I look back at it and think that it’s really helped shape where I am today,” he says of the incident, for which he was found not guilty.

Mathews, who starred alongside Vaculik in “Bra Boys” says that the film focuses a lot more on the importance of the bond they share.

“It’s a different story to Bra Boys … this one’s about Richie and I and it’s really about friendship and how having that one special person, that one close mate, can make or break your life.”

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Todd M- November 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm
^ Bwahahaha, even as an Aussie I love that fucken Simpsons episode, wanna play Knifey Spooney?
@ NomadRip, yeah we have some good hip hop down here try out Delta, IMO he is the best we have got.
smellypiratehooker- November 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Is the punishment for streetfighting still getting kicked in the ass with that big fucking boot?
NomadRip- November 11, 2011 at 9:48 am
I guess I should have looked before I posted that. Band is called Bliss n Eso.
NomadRip- November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am
Thanks for posting that. It looks pretty good. A friend in Sydney turned me on to one of the songs playing in the background at one point in the video. Coastal Kids by a group called "Bliss in Esso"
Todd M- November 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm
I should add I don't know these guys some of them may be thugs but you can't tar them all with the same brush, they have been known to help childrens charitys and they played a part in cooling the tension during the Cronulla race riots in 05. The group gained notoriety when one of the Abberton brothers was jailed for killing a known standover man and acquitted on self defense, good for him, he wasn't going to lie down and has the right to defend himself. Check out the doco for youself if you havn't seen it, I don't surf and I still enjoy the hell out of it.
Todd M- November 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm
I'm looking forward to this doco, Richie is a good fighter as well as a crazy big wave surfer and these guys are pretty entertaining. As for the street fights its a part of surfing culture here in Australia and these guys are up for it, hell none of you have ever had a scrap?
Sopapo- November 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm
they do seem a bit douchey for all the fightin. i know hes tiny but come on mate, street fights while bein a professional fighter? not cool.
zhangii- November 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm
omunto- November 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm
multiple street fights = douche
AndyInflammatory- November 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm
not you John Sutton, you keep doing what you do best - fucking up my footy team.
AndyInflammatory- November 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm
the Bra Boys have got a bit of anti-hero mythology about them in Australia, but the truth it they are a bunch of drunks and meatheads who slap people around for the hell of it.