One of the fastest growing sports on the planet, MMA is everywhere – in arenas and gyms, on clothing and other apparel, in video games, and now it’s on the big screen with “The Striking Truth.”
Profiling Canadian fighters Georges St-Pierre and David Loiseau, both of whom hail from Montreal, film director Steven J. Wong takes fans on a journey with the two UFC athletes as he follows them over a span of four years. The documentary begins with UFC 58 USA vs. Canada, where Loiseau (also known as “The Crow”) took on Rich Franklin for the championship (and lost) and St-Pierre beat BJ Penn in the co-main event. The flick also includes loads of never-before-seen footage.
"I’m very proud of these guys," said Wong to The Canadian Press at the premiere last Friday night. "It’s very easy to say ‘Sure, Steve, film wherever you want. You’ve got full access.’ When time comes and you’re holding the championship belt, it’s easy. It’s easy to say ‘Hey, point the camera at me.’ But in those hard times — and there are some hard times for both Georges and David in this movie — during those hard times the real man steps up and doesn’t shut the camera down."
"I think this movie will inspire millions of people, whether you’re into mixed martial arts or not,” Loiseau said to the CP. “It’s just like ‘Rocky.’ ‘Rocky’ was not about boxing. ‘Rocky’ was a human story and that’s what this movie is about. It’s a human story and it’s phenomenal."