Reality Bites

Seconds to Live airs on December 10th at 9.30pm on RTÉ2
From the makers of The Notorious, comes a gritty new fight documentary, The Fighting Irish.

The explosive success of Conor McGregor has turned mixed martial arts (MMA) into a national obsession. In this one off documentary we explore the burgeoning Irish MMA scene, meeting fighters of different weight, age and gender as we look at how the sport has evolved from a much-maligned back street endeavour to a sport taken up by thousands nationwide and selling out venues across the country.

We look at the Conor McGregor effect. How his global rise has been the catalyst to unprecedented growth and interest in the sport. We also look at the broader perception of the sport examining the controversies, criticisms and myths surrounding mixed martial arts.

The documentary also brings you behind the scenes as we see the physical and mental strain fighters go through in an effort to become the next Conor McGregor. Across the programme we meet some of Irelands hottest MMA prospects as they make their professional debuts. We follow Frans Mlambo, Dylan Tuke and Sinead Kavanagh as well as Irish MMA veteran John "Johnny Jitsu" Redmond as they prepare to fight in front of 5,000 fans at the 3 Arena in Dublin.

We experience the highs and the lows of professional mixed martial arts as these athletes continue chase their dreams of fighting in the MMA's premier organisation, the UFC.

The biggest names in Irish MMA including Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, Paddy Holohan, Neil Seery, Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly provide insight into the MMA scene in Ireland and what the future holds for this rapidly growing sport.






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