Posted June 12, 2015 by Melanie Gale in Interview

Girl Fight: The Fight Movies Fighters Love

What’s the next best thing to spending a weekend night with friends watching a stacked card? Spending that night with some snacks and cold drinks watching a fight movie. We all have our favorites, ranging from classics like “Karate Kid” to camp flicks like “Here Comes the Boom” to Academy Award-winners like “Million-Dollar Baby” (although we try to pretend  the third act of that movie doesn’t exist).

So what fight movies do fighters like to kick back and enjoy? We decided to reach out to some of our favorite fighters and find out.





Megan Anderson, Featherweight — Warrior

My favourite fight movie would have to be ‘Warrior’ because it shows extreme courage and determination by both brothers who are facing their own personal battles and it really highlights their journeys and the reasons why they choose to fight. It shows how ruthless the sport can be and ‘m a big Tom Hardy fan so that helps!

Starring Tom hardy and Joel Edgerton.

“The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.”

Fun Fact: The character Koba has an Olympic Gold medal in wrestling, as does Kurt Angle, the actor playing him.







Alex Chambers, Strawweight – Next Karate Kid

“I have so many favourites, to choose just one seems unfair (and difficult)! I remember growing up as a kid watching fight movies. My uncle would take my cousins and me to the video store every Friday and we would choose a few movies for the weekend. I usually always immediately went straight to the Action movies looking for any new ones we hadn’t seen with the old school martial arts stars Cynthia Rothrock, or Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, etc.

The Next Karate Kid starring Hilary Swank is my favourite fight movie.

{Hillary Swank} not only is a badass on the screen, but also off the screen (with her humanitarian and supporting animal rescue work).

Growing up there weren’t a lot of female role models who played in parts like that. So it was cool to have a movie where there was a starring character I could really identify with (as at the time I was heavily into karate myself and loved the other karate kid movies). Seeing a female kicking the bad guys asses was so awesome!”

Starring Hilary Swank and Pat Morita.

“When ancient wisdom takes on teenage spunk, 1,000 years of karate tradition gets a swift kick in the pants.”

Fun Fact: The movie’s martial arts choreographer awarded Hillary Swank a “pink belt,” because although she had trouble mastering the basics (white belt), she easily picked up the advanced red belt moves.







Catherine Costigan, Atomweight – The Matrix

My favourite movie is The Matrix. Something about the opening scene with Trinity. It’s almost like a fight, it’s built up to be something but the true surprise will come within the fight. Who expected Trinity to be able to command such power and incredible force as a character. She made you hooked from the minute the fight started and you wanted to follow with her. That movie reflects how I feel a Cage fight is when I’m involved. Try to always surprise the audience and make them hang on your every move.

The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

Fun fact: Notice how Keanu Reeves rubs his nose in a Bruce Lee-like manner right before his combat training program starts. Reeves improvised this move, and the director insisted it stay in the finished film.







Sharon Jacobson, Strawweight – Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man! I love how he was a hard working man, always put his family first. He took a risk and followed his heart/dream and came out on top. Beautiful story. I also love that it’s based on a TRUE story!

Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger.

“The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.”

Fun fact: The actress who plays the Braddocks’ neighbor Sara Wilson, Rosemarie DeWitt, is the real-life granddaughter of Jimmy Braddock. Her mother is played as a child in the film by Ariel Waller.







Roxanne Modafferi, Flyweight – Street Fighter: The Movie (animated)

I really like the animation “Street Fighter: The Movie” because it has my favorite fight scene of all time. Chun Li just got out of the shower and is in her pajamas when Vega breaks in to her apartment and tries to kill her. She is at a disadvantage, gets beat up at first, but never gives up. She never waits for someone to save her, but digs down deep and defeats a strong enemy.

Starring Kojiro and Miki Fujitani.

“Bison, the ruthless leader of the international terrorist organization Shadowlaw, has been desperately searching for the greatest fighter on the planet for years. He finds it in Ryu, a young wanderer who never stays in one place long enough for Bison to find him. He does, however, get a fix on Ken Masters, an American martial arts champion who studied with Ryu as a child under the same master. Meanwhile, Major Guile of the United States Army is forced to team up with Chun Li from China in hopes of apprehending Bison and putting a stop his international ring of crime.”

Fun fact: Chun Li’s Master is named “B.Lee.”







Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, Bantamweight – Rocky IV

I like Rocky IV because it shows what heart and determination can really do regardless if the other athlete has the best training and medicine around him.

Starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren.

“After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.”

Fun fact: Dolph Lundgren punched Sylvester Stallone’s chest so hard during one scene Stallone’s sternum severely bruised his heart, causing life-threatening swelling. Stallone had to be hospitalized in the ICU for eight days.







Lacey Schuckman, Atomweight — Bloodsport

My favorite fight film would have to be Bloodsport. For its time it was one of the first films to show martial arts from around the world with the idea of vying them against one another! Plus it’s classic Jean Claude VanDamme!

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bolo Yeung.

“Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.”

Fun fact: The mysterious “Dim Mak” move is fictional, although it’s based on a “secret technique” advertised in Black Belt magazine by one Count Dante, who promised to teach it to willing students. For a fee, of course.







Leslie Smith, Bantamweight – Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon, Kung Fu Hustle and Choke are my favorites. I like them because they all motivate the hell out of me and make me want to jump up and down and practice something.

Starring Bruce Lee and John Saxon.

“A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.”

Fun fact: All dialogue and other sound was dubbed in after visual filming was completed.


 All movie synopses courtesy of imdb.


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