MMA: Fighters of the Extreme

In Russia and the former USSR, the extreme combat sport MMA has become a social phenomenon. The champions are superstars, adulated by their fans and paid fortunes. More than a sport, MMA is a social elevator, a political tool and even an instrument of propaganda glorifying the Russian man: virile, invicible and ready to defend the fatherland. In Chechnya, MMA is  the national sport and the showcase of Ramzan Kadyrov, its ultra-authoritarian leader, who has created his own league and club.


  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Nova
  • Director: Ibar Aibar
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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