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Can Mixed Martial Arts and Christianity work together?

Try to imagine a Christian film that features the blood-and-guts world of Mixed Martial Arts.

MMA, of course, combines the hype and show-biz of professional wrestling with the authentic outcomes of professional boxing, with a touch of karate, judo, Thai kick-boxing and plain ol’ street fighting. It’s been a big hit, particularly since the competitors on TV are often apparent amateurs, showing up to fight in surfing shorts.

So, imagine a Hollywood film featuring the intensity of the MMA fighting cage, plus excellent acting, a gripping plot and a subtle Christian message and you’ve got Warrior. 


“Part of my issue with Christian films or films that have Christian elements,” observes Beliefnet’s entertainment editor Evan Derrick, “is that, in terms of quality, they’re almost always terrible. The preachy message part of the film trumps the story and acting and cinematography, leaving Christian audiences with lukewarm feel-good films” that hardly even register on the TV movie-of-the-week quality scale.”

Exceptions, of course, range from The Passion of the Christ to Quo Vadis, The Ten Commandments, The Robe and even The Blind Side.

You can put this film from Lionsgate in the latter category.

“Set within the heart-pounding world of MMA, it actually looks good,” writes Derrick. “Seriously! I’m no fan of mixed martial arts … but I’m actually intrigued.”


The film stars Tom Hardy who you may remember from Inception, Joel Edgerton (Legend of the Guardians) and Nick Nolte — “who’s been in, like, everything,” notes Derrick, “so the cast is nothing to laugh at either.”

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MoeMoe1

    In the first century church Christians did not go to the coliseum to watch Christians being devoured by lions or beat to death because it was inspiring, they recognized it for what it was – the devaluing of human life.
    MMA is the modern day version of the Coliseum. Pearls before swine.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mark nelson

    I always wondered why God decided to rid this planet of everyone except eight people and start over. Recently, while reading in Genesis Chapter 6, I think I found out why. I saw in vs. 5 that, “the intent of man’s heart was continually on evil.” The word goes on and gets more specific about what evil… God goes on in vs. 11 and 13 and identifies the evil… “The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE.” If you want to do the old WWJW (what would Jesus watch) I’m pretty sure that it wouldn’t be MMA

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Paul

    This is a sad, subjective look on MMA.

    If you’re wondering… I don’t mean the movie. I pointing at the creator of this blog or whatever you want to call it and the people who are posting after it.

    I laugh at the “modern day coliseum” comment because last time I checked no one is dying and no one is being persecuted in MMA. If anything the persecutors are you people. If there were modern day pharisees it would be you clean looking cups.

    I’m glad to know that being a “Christian” doesn’t protect you from ignorance.

    God Bless :)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rusty

    Modern Day Coliseum? Come on now…I am a Christian and MMA is a HUGE part of my life. Show me where in The Bible combat sports are sinful? There is a BIG difference between VIOLENCE and VIOLENT. Violence is when someone is shot and killed in a drive by. Violent is how you might describe a collision. See the difference? Just because MMA is VIOLENT doesn’t mean that it’s spectators/competitors love VIOLENCE.

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