"New York Mixed Martial Arts" is an enthralling documentary that provides a back seat view of the grass roots struggle to legalize and regulate the professional sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. New York is the only state in which MMA is still outlawed; sacrificing athlete safety, jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to neighboring states and countries since 1997. In his first feature length film, martial artist and filmmaker Kahleem Poole -- Tejada presents an intimate account of the struggle to legalize MMA through the lens of one amateur fighter's (Bradley Desir) quest to turn professional under the guidance of his coach (Stephen Koepfer). Viewers are offered a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the political, sometimes frightening, and always exciting world of mixed martial arts.


Anyone who cares about the future of MMA in New York State needs to watch this eye-opening film to discover who and what is keeping MMA out of Madison Square Garden. Beyond the politics, however, this is a moving portrait of athletes in exile - men and women who are forbidden to engage in the sport they love in their own city.
-Mike Tucker, Director, Fightville & Gunner Palace

New York Mixed Martial Arts shows the audience the fiery yet kind heart of the sport's culture and dares them not to like it. - Peter Lampasona, US Combat Sports

This is an important piece of work, and every aspect of it works together to create a coherent piece of engaging story-telling that hooks you into this world and transforms the viewer from an outsider to an insider in the span of an hour. -The Fight Nerd,

It is a rare glimpse inside MMA, but it is a gem at the same time because it will open your eyes and help you understand that this sport is so much more than punches, kicks, and choke holds. -Shawn Baran,

Thumbs up for New York Mixed Martial Arts documentary! -Jim Genia,

It's going to be a great ambassador for the legalization movement...they clearly debunk the no holds barred myth that is associated with the sport -Beth Hurrle,

New York Mixed Martial Arts beautifully captures the essence of what it is to be an MMA fighter in New York. -Anil Melwani,

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