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Check Out the Excellent Trailer for “History of MMA” Right F**king Now

Directed by Bobby Razak, whom you may know as the man behind the amazing Tapout short film, The Future of MMA (that video is after the jump), The History of MMA takes a nostalgic look back at the highs and lows of the sport we love oh so much, and includes commentary from several legends of the sport, including Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock, Mark Coleman, and referee Big John McCarthy among others. And as luck would have it, Mr. Razak decided to drop the trailer yesterday. We would advise that you check it out.

As you can see, the film touches on many of MMA’s most infamous moments; John McCain’s labeling of the sport as “human cockfighting,” its evolution through Pancrase, and the moment Tito Ortiz decided he had what it took to roc da mic right, yeah. On a side note, we bet Tank Abbott is gonna be pissed when he finds out that his name and photo appear whilst Bas Rutten describes how the UFC used to bring in “big guys with no skill.”

Who are we kidding? Abbott sold his computer for Jim Beam years ago.

Anyway, join us after the jump to check out The Future of MMA, as well as an up close and personal excerpt from The History of MMA featuring Fred Ettish, a fighter whom, after getting obliterated in his only professional mixed martial arts contest at UFC 2, came back to claim his first win in 2009. At age 53.

The History of MMA

Fred Ettish Interview

Details remain sketchy about The History of MMA’s release date, but we will keep you updated on any developments as they transpire.


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Mofo- January 26, 2012 at 7:16 am
(Kerr is a friend of a friend, and I hope he's healthy and happy.)
Mofo- January 26, 2012 at 7:14 am
Wow if any of you potatoheads haven't watched those clips yet, WATCH them.
For me, those two clips together make the best film I've ever seen about MMA. Well The Smashing Machine is great, but I feel like Ettish's story is more heartbreaking and inspiring.
The Kerr story is simply: man does lots of juice; man almost kills many men; juice almost kills man; now man is a car dealer.
I hate the Tapout commercial that shows these bloodthirsty little tots, mohawk'd and maniacal grins, I think it plays to the worst side of MMA: thuggery. But this expanded story of a man who loves to teach his martial arts to his kids, and the fact that these kids are gonna be the toughest kids in school for as long as they live, and may well both be champions one day (like Warrior), was very inspiring.
Todd M- January 26, 2012 at 7:01 am
^ It certainly sounds like something Seagal would say.
NomadRip- January 26, 2012 at 6:18 am
Todd M, if I remember right (and I'm old, so that may be a stretch), I remember back in Black Belt magazine around that time, people were always comparing people like Seagal and JCVD. Like a who would win a real fight thing. They were always trying to goad them into some kind of match.
I don't recall Van Damme or anyone else ever really responding to it, but I remember Seagal saying he only fights to the death, so if anyone wants to fight him, they should be prepared to die.
That's not a verbatim quote or anything, but I'm sure it could be found with enough digging.
superflat- January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm
Semi-related, but just saw Warrior. Fucking good. Better than that POS Descendants anyway.
Lesnarischamp- January 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm
those kids should probably be wearing head gear while sparring with each other.
Todd M- January 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm
^ Yeah good for Fred Ettish, it's thanks to guys like him that we have such well rounded fighters in MMA today, where was Steven Seagal back at UFC 2 before it was popular, I'm willing to bet he was one of the traditionalists saying 'These guys are garbage and I would beat all of them' from the safety of his dojo. The History of MMA looks awesome I can't wait to check it out.
NomadRip- January 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm
This looks outstanding. And what Australian Mantis said.
qwerty- January 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Should have called that short film, "Warrior: Origins"
Australian Mantis- January 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Fred Ettish was challanged every day to fights from high school kids to boxers who hadnt had a fight yet for around 2 years after ufc 2. Just shows how tough some people are wanting to give a man a beating after seeing his worst performance in the cage and seeing his glaring weaknesses exposed in front of a blood thirty crowd. Alot of people would have done them selves in after that, good on him for getting his win even though a bit long in the tooth.
SnakeJake- January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm
I was like YAY, MASK and then I was like BOOH, ED SOARES.
skeletor- January 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm
the kid who fought Etisch took a dive.
Andersons Knees- January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm
kids already have better striking than mayhem
The12ozCurls- January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Damn, get some more info Danga and let all of us know. This looks great.