BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is excited to announce that MTV.co.uk will be hosting matchmaker Jude Samuel’s Top 5 BAMMA Finishes. The site will also display Demetrio Marquez’s brand new fighter series featuring vicious BAMMA Light Heavyweight, Przemyslaw Misiek Mysiala, alongside UK stand-out names, John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway and Michael ‘Venom’ Page.
MTV UK is launching its first MMA pages to mark the arrival of its TV show ‘Caged’ in the UK. The new docu-series explores the different ways in which young people live their lives. The series promises to give an honest and powerful look into the world of young amateur MMA fighters, both inside and outside of the cage and follows a group of friends growing up in small town Louisiana (US) as they struggle to make something of their lives. Life is a constant uphill battle but one thing lights up their weekend evenings – MMA fighting. Whether it’s dealing with lost love, making the family proud, or fighting, it’s impossible for them to leave these issues outside of the cage. Caged premieres on MTV UK on Wednesday 16th May @9pm.
To mark the show’s launch, MTV.co.uk has commissioned short MMA films to help educate newcomers to the sport and to give an insight into real world of UK MMA.
Created by Richard Blackburn, BAMMA’s Top 5 Finishes celebrates the promotion’s crowning stadium moments as executed by some of the most exciting and aggressive names in the sport. As matchmaker Jude Samuel presents the dynamic results of some his best dream match-ups, the BAMMA short captures the thrilling testosterone-fuelled action of the fights themselves.
In contrast, filmmaker Demetrio Marquez digs beneath the surface to show the humanity behind these stereotyped ‘tough guys’; and while focusing on their discipline and hard work he attempts to capture what drives them. Marquez presents three short pieces centred on three very different, but well respected athletes that fight out of renowned UK gym, London Shootfighters, showing:
· rare moments with premiere league UFC athlete John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway;
· the secret tricks of internet sensation Michael ‘Venom’ Page, whose debuting notorious spinning leg kick recently garnered more than 350,000 views online;
· and an intimate insight into BAMMA’s Polish top LHW contender ‘Misiek’ Mysiala, centring around the fighter’s relationship with his little boy.
BAMMA’s director David Green says: “The mainstream British media has been slow to pick up on MMA as an evolving sport, particularly domestic MMA. BAMMA is proud to be involved with the platform that MTV UK is providing for a positive representation of the sport. MTV UK has always represented the cutting edge; and since MMA with its visceral energy really does put rock n roll into Combat Sports, MTV UK makes the perfect home for creative angles on the sport”
Filmmaker Demetrio Marquez says “As an MMA fan, I’m delighted to be a part of MTV UK’s coverage of the sport. My contribution is to project MMA in the best light possible, creating content that is engaging and informative to new fans, whilst attempting to give fans like myself what we would like to see about our favorite Mixed Martial Artists. I’ve chosen three characters who I believe offer distinct insights and can explain three things to those new to the sport; The excitement, the demands and the misconceptions of Mixed Martial Arts.”
Watch ‘Caged’ on MTV UK on Wednesday 16th May @9pm
View BAMMA’s Top 5 Finishes & MTV’s MMA pages here: http://www.mtv.co.uk/sports/mixed-martial-arts
Follow @BAMMAUK and @demetriomarquez and join the #MTVcaged conversation on Twitter
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