If you’re a fan of MMA documentaries, the upcoming one about Jon Fitch, "Such Great Heights" which is slated for release later this year, looks pretty damn good, regardless if you’re a fan of his or not.
Check out the trailer:
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Here’s the synopsis of the film sent out by the film’s producer:
"Such Great Heights," is an intimate look inside the world of mixed martial arts fighting. The film follows top UFC Welterweight Contender Jon Fitch, both inside and outside of the cage, as he prepares to do battle with Champion Georges St. Pierre. Intensity and emotion move toward critical mass as fight night approaches and a tight knit team rallies around Jon.
While Fitch prepares for this climactic moment in his life, the story weaves through the daily triumphs and challenges of the other fighters at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). The film explores the grueling lifestyles of these fighters as they deal with everything from their personal demons to finding a place to sleep at night.
The film features UFC stars Jon Fitch, Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick and their coaches as well as fighters Josh Thomson, Bobby Southworth, Pat Minihan, Matt Major, Nathan Moore, Nate James and Luke Rockhold. It is directed by Jonah Tulis. It is produced by Tulis, Philip Frank and Jesse Osher. "Such Great Heights" is presented in high definition and Dolby Digital surround sound."
Prior to UFC 107, select members of the MMA media as well as a handful of UFC employees were treated to an advance screening of the film. Considering I fall under both of those categories, I’m going to say that my invite got lost by our Canadian mail system and leave it at that.
Anyway, both UFC color analyst Joe Rogan and Versus and MMA Fighting reporter Ariel Helwani both called the movie a "must-see," so I’ll take their word on it. Mark Kerr‘s "The Smashing Machine" and Renzo Gracie‘s "Legacy" are two of my top 10 all-time favorite documentaries from any genre, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one, too, even if I do have to go pay to see it in select theatres or on DVD.