HERE COMES THE BOOM
About MMA and the UFC
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet, and if
you ask Coraci, there's a good reason for it. "When you go to a fight, the whole
room gets involved," he says. "It's like a modern age Roman coliseum - you've
got smoke and lights and cranking rock music. The whole experience is like no
other sporting event. That is what I wanted to capture in this movie."
The largest MMA organization in the US is the Ultimate Fighting Championship
(UFC), and in the movie, James' character gets a shot at a big time UFC fight.
"To be able to have the UFC involved was huge for us," James says. "We were able
to populate the film with real UFC personalities. We got 'Stitch' Duran, the
greatest cut man on the planet. Of course, we got Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg,
the UFC fight commentators. We got Herb Dean, the greatest ref. We got Bruce
Buffer, the voice of the Octagon. It really makes it feel genuine to have as
many elements as we could from the real thing."
"We didn't want it just to be the signage and the Octagon," says Garner. "By
having these people involved, by using real fighters, it adds weight to Scott's
story - it helps make it feel like maybe, just maybe, this could happen to a
high school biology teacher. We even shot at a real UFC event and used visual
effects to put our Octagon into the action. When all of those elements are
brought together, it creates the illusion that this is really happening and
it'll give the feel of what it's really like to be in the UFC."
"It was essential that we had the UFC's participation to bring the competition
to life in its full glory," says Coraci. "Whether you're a fan of MMA or not,
you will be after seeing this film."
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