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Bobby Razak Causes Every One of Your Senses to Tapout With Mask

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By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA

In under a minute and a half, how often can you say that you have run the gamut of emotions? On October 22, 2015, the movie Mask will uncover a world of mixed martial arts through the vision of Charles “Mask” Lewis (1963-2009). Bobby Razak, a visual mastermind of enlightening and encouraging appreciation for mixed martial arts, went to task with this documentary, and its trailer meshes friendship with an artful eye, building anticipation for the cinematic gold that will adorn the silver screen.

Donald Murray in Writing to Deadline: The Journalist at Work (2000) suggested there are ten senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, change, effect, conflict, context, and self (p. 34-39). In less time than it takes to warm a cup of tea in the microwave, Razak demonstrated an uncanny ability to stimulate the senses right at the onset of Mask’s short preview, affirming the thrill-ride you will need to buckle up for over the course of eighty-three minutes. Lewis, at age 45, was ripped from this world far too soon, and Razak eagerly pulled back the curtain to unveil the uniqueness and radiating energy of Lewis’ passion to grow mixed martial arts with the release of such a long-awaited film.

Photo courtesy of Bobby Razak

Opening the trailer with a close-up on Lewis, the viewer is placed face-to-face with the man they’ll be traveling with from the darkening of the Roxie Theatre to the scrolling of the credits.

Photo credit to Combat Lifestyle

The very next scene captured images of the memorial that enshrined Lewis after tragedy struck on March 11, 2009; his journey to further MMA’s rise into mainstream halted by a drunk driver. Images strike the screen of Lewis’ partners in founding Tapout, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Tom “Skyskrape” Katz, attending and mourning the roadside tribute, and you can’t help but taste the raw feelings such close friends had to chew on; we wait patiently to be served a full course meal of rawness that extends throughout Mask.

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Razak not only chills the air with visuals, but he also pimples skin with audio portraying the disappearance of what was once so real. Briefly, the trailer flashes a clip of Lewis at an event with his own words dubbed over saying, “I always knew I was going to be something,” but his voice was distorted, reminding you that such a reality lives on in memory.

The face paint and eclectic attire of “Mask” compiled only a shade of what formed the entirety of Lewis’ color wheel. The transparency of Lewis is less complex in hindsight, but at the time of establishing Tapout (1997), a brand at one point that was synonymous with MMA, his push to evolve the sport was riddled with unknown; the sport’s future was opaque. As the trailer nears its conclusion, the final string of visuals prepares movie-goers for the numerous facets of Lewis that will take shape over the course of Mask: with and without face paint, wearing hats, exposing his bald head, laughing his high-pitched hyena cackle, seriousness, sincerity, happiness, uncertainty, and every high met with every low.

Photo credit to Associated Press

Most often people attend movies to suspend their disbelief; instead, the realness of potential in the human spirit will envelop those who populate the theatre with popcorn, soft pretzels, and pop.

When Razak greets your long walk down the red carpet before entering the evening’s feature presentation, you are colliding head-on with not only the brainchild of Mask but also a partner and friend of “Mask”. Revisiting an article written by Josh Gross for Sports Illustrated (2010), the audience realizes Mask will situate everyone in Razak’s Street Made director’s chair, obtaining a high-definition with surround-sound view of the motivation behind the movie. Razak recalled the first day he met Lewis,

“A lot of my success is due to collaboration with him [Lewis],” Razak said. I’ll never forget, man, he gave me $35 the first day I ever met him. Thirteen years later that tells me who Charles Lewis was.”

Who better than Razak to infuse an homage with his quality craftsmanship? At 9 p.m. at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, Mask will touch the lives of many, just as Lewis engineered each of his days.

For more information about Mask follow Bobby Razak at:

Twitter: @bobbyrazak

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bobby-Razak

Check out Razak’s other work at:

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/bobbyrazak

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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