Hear an interview with film director Gavin Fitzgerald from the award winning MMA TALK SHOW hosted by @TheLegalManMarc (@MMATalkShow) through this link: https://OutsideInterference.podbean.comLets go school this mother fu$ker. That is the opening words of Gavin Fitzgeralds (@GavFitzgerald on Twitter) amazing documentary on current UFC Lightweight & former Featherweight champion the Notorious Conor McGregor who has 6.69 million followers on Twitter. The film is simply titled NOTORIOUS (Universal Home Entertainment, @McGregorFilm on Twitter).
Those opening words were spoken as McGregor leaves his McMansion in Las Vegas as he heads to fight Jose Aldo who at that point in history was the undefeated Featherweight champion for ten years. Quickly we transport forward to round three of McGregors second bout with Nate Diaz then backwards to Dublin, Ireland 2012 where we find McGregor quitting his job to train full time with his goal of being signed by UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships for non-fans of Mixed Martial Arts.) While competing in the Cage Warriors promotion, Conor and girlfriend Dee Devlin are living with his family while getting letters from the Irish Debt Bureau.
Mr. Fitzgerald uses his full access to McGregors life to tell the background on the nearly homeless fighters meteoric rise to the top of the MMA and the sports world overall. After his win on a UFC on Fuel TV special, the rise begins in UFC and we land in May 2015 at the palatial McMansion. Also living at the McMansion with McGregor and Devlin are Head Coach John Kavanagh and several other vital members of his team who have been by McGregors side from day one. To the non or even casual MMA watcher, what McGregor goes through to train for Aldo (including working through a knee injury unannounced to the public until this film) would make anyone else on earth pass out from exhaustion.
We also are witness to the commercial shoots, media appearances, meetings with UFC honchos Lorenzo Fertitta & Dana White, a visit from Arnold Schwarzenegger, signing of UFC memorabilia and pre-fight routines that made McGregor champion. Being in a 10,000 seat arena for a weigh-in (yes just the weigh-in ceremony) & the locker room moments before McGregor enters the Octagon is a surreal feeling.
For the UFC/MMA fans, the film covers the Aldo fight (and delay from Aldos broken rib), his interim title win against Chad Mendes and the two bloody wars with Nate Diaz. The film ends with the images leading to the historic boxing match with Floyd Mayweather but is not seen. I watch UFC/MMA on a casual basis and must say I have a new appreciation for the men and women who train and compete in the sport. The torture they put their bodies through just to even enter the Octagon let alone fight five rounds that are five minutes each is amazing.
As someone who loves film as an art form, Mr. Fitzgerald beautifully captures the24-7 positive vibe that exists in the McMansion and the training camps for each fight. That vibe alone made me watch the film three times before typing this review & made me a lifelong fan of Mr. McGregors. The groups positive vibe even after the tapout loss to Diaz is inspiring. Fitzgerald, cinematographer Darragh Mccarthy and his editor Andrew Hearne seamlessly blend their footage with UFC PPV action for a near perfect film.
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