UFC 20th Anniversary Doc to Air on Fox Sports 1, 11/5
In just two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) (UFC) has become one of the most successful and fastest-growing sports leagues in the world. A new two-hour documentary, FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC, premiering Tuesday, November 5 (9:00 PM ET) on Fox Sports 1, examines the rise of the organization, from early days of dealing with political pressure and financial hardship, to successfully building a worldwide brand.
On the eve of the organization's 20-year anniversary of UFC 1 in early November, more than 60 interviews from past and present owners, fighters, celebrities and politicians, were conducted over a four-month period. Various voices including former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Senator John McCain, rock musician Anthony Kiedis, actor David Spade, pro skateboarder and MTV star Rob Dyrdek, past and current fighters and many others discuss what the UFC means to them and how it has evolved into the major sports property that it is today.
"FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC is an entertaining and educational show that does a brilliant job of tracing the UFC's wild history and of documenting its explosive growth," says Yahoo! Sports MMA Columnist Kevin Iole. "It's a compelling account of the UFC's struggle for survival in its early years. It hits all the right notes in a fast-moving show that will keep even casual fans riveted."
USA TODAY's lead MMA reporter John Morgan concurs: "For newcomers to the sport, watching FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC is the fastest way to familiarize yourself with the path the UFC has taken to today, and for hardcore fans it's a fun ride down memory lane. This is the most complete look at UFC history to date, and I think every MMA fan will enjoy reliving the transformation of the promotion from spectacle to the most exciting sport on the planet."