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Experience MMA in 1980's Pittsburgh with Showtime's 'Tough Guys'

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MMA is a sport with a wide following of fans around the world. A combination of the best techniques across martial arts ranging from Judo to Boxing combine for a fast-paced match that keeps spectators on their toes. 'Tough Guys', a recent documentary on Showtime, takes viewers back to 1980's Pittsburgh for a retro take on the modern martial arts phenomenon.

The documentary takes a look at MMA's origins back in the 80's, as fighters competed in loosely regulated 'Tough Guy' matches that would evolve into the sport we all love today.

The program has some top talent behind it, produced by celebrated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (the mind behind the critically acclaimed 'Super Size Me') and Ross Kauffman (Academy Award winner and producer of 'Born into Brothels'). The film also contains a large amount of real footage from the 80's MMA scene, ensuring an accurate depiction of the sport's origins.

Critics and viewers alike enjoy the documentary, with a current rating of 8/10 on IMDB.
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Tough Guys (2017) - IMDb

Directed by Henry Roosevelt, W.B. Zullo. With Amber Banaszewski, Jacquet Bazemore, Jack Bodell, Ann Butler. Ten years before the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, two karate promoters and their fighters, a rough group of barroom brawlers, bikers, teachers and steel workers, pioneered the first mixed-martial arts league in the nation.

 For a sneak peak, check out the video below or visit toughguysdoc.com.

 

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