Warrior cast professional MMA fighters in the critically acclaimed sports drama of 2011; Every professional fighter is in the movie here.
In 2011, several real professional MMA fighters appeared warrior, and it’s one of the reasons the decades-old sports drama still has a cult following. warrior grossed only about $ 23 million at the box office – just a few million less than the film’s $ 25 million budget; However, although the studio lost money on the film, warrior has become a popular classic. Director Gavin O’Connor manages to upgrade the typical tropes of mixed martial arts films, add compelling dramatic performances and some of the most gripping MMA fight scenes in cinema – both of which are crucial in telling the story of a broken family who split It is difficult for her to come to terms with past traumas. Aside from the setting for this family drama, the elements of MMA are in warrior advance the story in different ways.
warrior is about the lives of three men – two brothers and their father – whose personal problems come to the surface during their engagement in Sparta, the largest MMA event in the world. Former wrestling coach and convalescent alcoholic Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) is estranged from his two sons, both of whom were student athletes during their teenage years, due to his past violent acts. One of them is former high school wrestling superstar Tommy Conlon (Crazy Max Star Tom Hardy), a war hero and deserter with a fleeting personality. The other is Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), a former UFC journeyman and physics teacher with a background and overall personality similar to that of MMA legend Rich Franklin. Every brother needs the Sparta prize money for different but just as friendly reasons.
warrior uses several professionals and icons from the world of combat to establish realism. This includes UFC referee Josh Rosenthal, who is in warrior than himself. WWE Champion Kurt Angle, who plays the undefeated Russian fighter Koba, also appears as an analog of the film for MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko. Meanwhile, Brendan’s coach Frank Campana (Frank Grillo) allegedly based his character on MMA coach Greg Jackson, while comedian Bryan Callen based his announcer character on famous UFC commentator Joe Rogan. While these choices helped warrior Establishing credibility in the fighting world makes the list of actual MMA fighters of the cast even more impressive.
Erik “bad” apple
The first real martial artist to work in warrior is former MMA fighter Erik Apple who plays Pete “Mad Dog” Grimes. In short, arrogant top contender Mad Dog could pass for an early version of UFC star Conor McGregor, and the aptly nicknamed “Bad” Apple is a head-turner for the role. At the beginning of the film, Mad Dog makes the mistake of insulting then-unknown Tommy Conlon when he offers to work out with the top contender at a local gym. As Mad Dog finds out in the worst way, Tommy is a force to be reckoned with.
Roan “JucÃ£o” Carneiro
Former Brazilian MMA fighter Roan “JucÃ£o” Carneiro plays the role of Marco Santos, the top contender who is coached by Frank Campana. It appears in first warrior when Brendan asks Frank to train him again. When Marco injures himself during training, Brendan takes his place in Sparta to represent Frank’s gym.
Rashad “Suga” Evans and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar
Rashad “Suga” Evans and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar appear in cameo roles in Warrior. Both UFC Hall of Famers present their opinion on the upcoming Sparta tournament in an interview with the sports broadcaster ESPN. As Rashad says in the scene â€œ$ 5 million is a lot of money. But you have to remember one thing: you are going to play against Koba. Impossible mission. Game over. Go home.”
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson
UFC vet and Bellator fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson plays the role of top contender Orlando “Midnight” Le, who first appears at the Sparta’s opening. He’s also Brendan’s first opponent in the tournament, who nearly knocked out the physics teacher in the first round. However, Brendan manages to get him into a Kimura on the second round, forcing Midnight to tap instead.
Yves “Thugjitsu Master” Edwards
Retired Bahamian UFC veteran Yves Edwards makes his first appearance in the martial arts film during the opening of the Sparta Tournament as candidate Houston Greggs warrior. Later he meets Mad Dog in the octagon, who defeats him with blows.
Nate “The Great” Marquardt
The fight between Brendan and Nate Marquardt’s Karl â€œThe Daneâ€ Kruller is a short but sweet performance of dirty boxing and technical grappling in the octagon. Similar to Brendan’s fight with Midnight, the Dane initially wins the upper hand with blows. However, Brendan manages to lock an arm bar during the scramble, forcing the Dane to knock.
Honorable Mention: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton
While they’re not technically MMA fighters, the stars of warrior worked with some of the best fighters and coaches in the world to play their respective roles convincingly. While it’s unlikely that Joel Edgerton or Tom Hardy will enter the Octagon as fighters anytime soon, they both went away warrior with a much better understanding of what it takes to be a real MMA fighter. And if the rumors of the possibility that Tom Hardy might play are true James Bond In the next installment in the franchise, there’s a chance Agent 007 will flaunt some of Tommy’s moves himself warrior soon.
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