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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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