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Tough Guys Comes to life on Showtime

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED MORGAN SPURLOCK JOINS ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER ROSS KAUFFMAN FOR THE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS DOCUMENTARY “TOUGH GUYS”

DOCU FILM ON THE ORIGINS OF THE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS COMPETITION PHENOMENON IS SET TO WORLD PREMIERE THURSDAY AT AFI DOCS IN WASHINGTON DC
June 12, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY Academy Award® nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) teams with fellow Oscar® winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman (BORN INTO BROTHELS) to bring TOUGH GUYS – the story of the origins of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting phenomenon – to the big screen. The film is executive produced by Kauffman and Spurlock together with Spurlock’s business partner Jeremy Chilnick.

TOUGH GUYS is directed by two award-winning filmmakers, Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo and produced by the award winning commercial producer Craig DiBiase. This moving and insightful non-fiction cinematic film chronicles the origins of the MMA beginning in Pittsburgh, PA in the early 1980s. Back then, these fights were known as the “tough man,” or “tough guy,” or “battle of the brawlers,” or “battle of the superfighters” matches. These fighting bouts have now achieved multimillion-dollar fight status.

“When I was around 12 years old, my dad took me to my first “tough guy” competition in my hometown of Beckley, WV,” says Spurlock. “And I have to admit, it was one of the greatest things I’d ever seen. So when the opportunity came along for me help tell the story of its origin, I jumped at the chance. TOUGH GUYS is an unbelievable tale about the creation of this one of a kind, man against man, skill against skill, sport of the ages. Films like this are rare discoveries, and the characters behind them are even more incredible. If you like watching guys get punched in the face as much as I do, then you are going to love this movie!”

In 1979, Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri dreamed up a contest pitting barroom bigmouths against wrestlers, martial artists, boxers, bouncers and brawlers, billed as no-holds-barred new type of competitive fighting. When the fights succeeded beyond their wildest expectations, they were swept up in a chain of events that ended in the first mixed-martial arts ban in the nation.

Presented through the untold stories of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters, TOUGH GUYS chronicles the inception of Caliguri and Viola’s first bouts and the colorful, crazy cast of fighters who made them a hit as well as the politicians who brought it all crashing down. The film brings to life a moment when the national martial arts craze was building to a crescendo as the economies of Pennsylvania steel towns were plummeting to levels of unemployment never seen before or since, breeding desperate men looking for chance to prove their worth and earn some money in the ring.

“Like my previous films, BORN INTO BROTHELS and E-TEAM, TOUGH GUYS is about underdogs striving to achieve the impossible,” states Kauffman. “In TOUGH GUYS, the
underdog is America’s working class who are searching for respect and ultimately a way to survive. When I got involved I didn’t know how timely the story would be.”

TOUGH GUYS will have its world premiere on June 15 at the AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, DC.

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ABOUT TOUGH GUYS Told through the colorful stories of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters, TOUGH GUYS brings to life the birth of mixed martial arts competitions in 1980’s Pittsburgh. The idea to legitimize street fighting by putting it in the ring, brought big money, crowds, copycat competitions and ultimately scrutiny and tighter control. The film is directed by Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo and produced by award winning commercial producer Craig DiBiase. It is executive produced by Oscar winner Ross Kauffman together with Oscar nominated director Morgan Spurlock and his producing partner Jeremy Chlinick.
ABOUT MORGAN SPURLOCK Morgan Spurlock is an Oscar® nominated filmmaker and founder of Warrior Poets, a New York-based production studio. His first film, SUPER SIZE ME, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural WGA Best Documentary Screenplay award, as well as garner an Academy Award® nomination for Best Feature Documentary. Since then he has directed, produced, and distributed multiple film, television and online projects, including THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD; WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?; RATS; MANSOME; CNN’s INSIDE MAN; and more.
ABOUT ROSS KAUFFMAN Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer of BORN INTO BROTHELS, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He is Co-Director of E-TEAM, a documentary about the high-stakes investigative work of four human rights workers and winner of the 2014 Sundance Cinematography award. He served as Executive Producer on the documentary feature IN A DREAM, which was short-listed for the 2009 Academy Awards and as Consulting Producer on the Academy Award nominated film POSTERGIRL. Ross is a Founder and Creative Director of Fictionless.

Who created the sport of MMA?

Question:  Who created MMA?

The Answer:  CV Productions Inc.

Who really created the “sport” of MMA in The United States?  It wasn’t the UFC.  A new book, Godfathers of MMA, is set to release early 2014 and reveals the answer.  This is the birth of an American sport…

Read More:  http://mmahistory.org/who-invented-mma/

 

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CV Productions, Inc., is a Pittsburgh, PA based mixed martial arts company, founded in 1979. It is considered the first MMA based company in the United States and responsible for creating the blueprint online casino nbso for modern mixed martial arts competition. The company promoted the first regulated league of mixed martial arts style competitions beginning in 1980 with casino online the intention of creating a new sport.  The Pittsburgh, PA-based mixed martial arts company was founded in 1979. CV Productions was the first grass roots movement to develop mixed martial arts into a modern mainstream sport.  The World Martial Arts Fighting Association (WMAFA) sanctioned all CV Productions events.  This was the first regulatory body for mixed martial arts and oversaw the Tough Guy, Battle of Brawlers and Super Fighter events “Super Fighters League” (SFL).

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Banning Mixed Martial Arts

Senate Bill 632 session 1983

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


This is the bill that was passed effectively banning Mixed Martial Arts MMA in the state of Pennsylvania. The Bill specifically names Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri”s CV Production Mixed Martial Arts championships “Battle of the Brawlers” and “Battle of the Tough Guys.” The action of the Senate stopped the growth of a new sport known today as MMA. Thirteen years later, in 1993 The UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship began promoting the sport that CV Productions developed.

SENATE BILL

No. 632 Session of 1983


 INTRODUCED BY MELLOW, SINGEL, O"CONNELL, FUMO, MUSTO AND FISHER,
 APRIL 13, 1983

 SENATOR O"CONNELL, STATE GOVERNMENT, AS AMENDED, MAY 25, 1983

 AN ACT

 1  Amending the act of August 31, 1955 (P.L.531, No.131), entitled
 2  "An act permitting and regulating wrestling and boxing
 3  contests and exhibitions; requiring licenses and permits;
 4  conferring powers and imposing duties upon the State Athletic
 5  Commission; providing for the granting, suspension, and
 6  revocation of licenses and permits issued by the Commission;
 7  preserving the rights of existing licensees and permittees;
 8  prescribing penalties, fines, forfeitures and misdemeanors;
 9  requiring bonds and insurance; creating a Medical Advisory
 10  Board; providing for rules and regulations; and making
 11  appropriations," regulating kick boxing; further regulating
 12  amateur boxing; establishing a State boxing register;
 13  providing for medical training seminars; requiring certain
 14  emergency medical equipment to be at situs of certain events;
 15  further providing for suspension; and further defining <--
 16  referee"s role in boxing contest; PROHIBITING TOUGH GUY <--
 17  CONTESTS OR BATTLE OF THE BRAWLERS CONTESTS; AND PROVIDING A
 18  PENALTY.

 19  The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
 20  hereby enacts as follows:
 21  Section 1. Section 202 of the act of August 31, 1955
 22  (P.L.531, No.131), known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Code,
 23  amended June 18, 1976 (P.L.393, No.85), is amended to read:
 24  Section 202. Boxing and Wrestling Regulated.--Amateur or
 25  professional boxing or wrestling contests or exhibitions

 1  including kick boxing shall be held within the Commonwealth of
 2  Pennsylvania only in accordance with the provisions of this act
 3  and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder. Such
 4  contests or exhibitions may be held on Sundays.
 5  Section 2. Section 204 of the act, amended May 24, 1956
 6  (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), is amended to read:
 7  Section 204. Physician to be in Attendance.--A physician
 8  shall be assigned to every boxing or wrestling contest or
 9  exhibition by the Commission. He shall observe and continue to
 10  observe the physical condition of the participants and [advise
 11  the member of the Commission or deputy in charge and the referee
 12  in regard thereto.] be authorized to stop any contest or
 13  exhibition at any time to examine a contestant and to terminate
 14  a bout when in his judgment severe injury could result to a
 15  contestant if the contest or exhibition were to continue. The
 16  Commission shall establish by rule or regulation a schedule of
 17  fees to be paid such physicians for their services. The
 18  physician"s fee shall be paid by the promoter of the online casino reviews contest or
 19  exhibition attended by the physician.
 20  Section 3. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
 21  Section 204.1. Medical Training Seminars.--The Commission
 22  shall conduct frequent mandatory medical training seminars, at
 23  least three (3) per year for all ring personnel, Commission
 24  personnel and for other persons employed by the Commission and
 25  designated to attend.
 26  Section 204.2. Register.--The Commission shall establish and
 27  maintain a register for all professional boxers licensed in
 28  Pennsylvania. The register shall include a photograph of the
 29  boxer. In the register, the Commission shall record the results
 30  of each boxing contest or exhibition the boxer is involved in,
 19830S0632B0879 - 2 -

 1  including technical knockouts, knockouts and other boxing
 2  related injuries, as well as the dates of each contest or
 3  exhibition and online casino the record of wins and losses.
 4  Section 204.3. Medical Equipment.--No professional or
 5  amateur boxing The renewable energy Production Tax credit annual report levels the playing field for wind power and other renewable forms of energy with subsidies for conventional fuels that have been around since the light switch was invented 100 years ago. event shall be started unless there is on the
 6  premises:
 7  (1) an ambulance, together with emergency equipment; and
 8  (2) a portable resuscitator with oxygen and appropriate
 9  endotracheal tubes, and a qualified operator.
 10  Section 204.4. Suspension.--For sound medical reasons and to
 11  protect the individual boxers, the Commission shall establish
 12  mandatory license suspensions of those persons who sustain
 13  certain injuries. The Commission may suspend a casino online  boxer"s license
 14  for up to sixty (60) days for a laceration of the face, up to
 15  thirty (30) days for a technical knockout with minor injuries
 16  and up to forty-five (45) days for head injuries. Boxers
 17  receiving a knockout may receive up to a ninety (90) day
 18  suspension and shall receive an EEG within twenty-four (24)
 19  hours of the knockout.
 20  Section 4. Sections 208 AND 210 and 250 of the act, amended <--
 21  or added May 24, 1956 (1955 P.L.1693, No.574) are amended to <--
 22  read:
 23  Section 208. Gloves.--When the boxers are lightweights, as
 24  defined in the regulations, or in a lighter class, they shall
 25  wear boxing gloves weighing not less than five (5) ounces each.
 26  When the boxers are [in a heavier class than lightweights,] over
 27  one hundred sixty-five (165) pounds, they shall wear boxing
 28  gloves weighing not less than [six (6)] ten (10) ounces each.
 29  Section 210. Attendance of Referee and Judges; Scoring.--At
 30  each professional boxing contest or exhibition, except an
 19830S0632B0879 - 3 -

 1  exhibition held solely for training purposes, there shall be in
 2  attendance, at the expense of the promoter, a duly licensed
 3  referee designated by the Commission who shall direct and
 4  control the contest or exhibition.
 5  There shall also be in attendance at every boxing contest, at
 6  the expense of the promoter, [two (2)] three (3) licensed
 7  judges, each of whom shall[, together with the referee,] render
 8  his individual decision, in writing, on a scorecard supplied by
 9  the Commission at the end of every boxing contest which
 10  continues for the scheduled number of rounds. Each judge [and
 11  the referee] shall have one (1) vote and a majority of the votes
 12  cast shall determine the winner.
 13  The Commission shall by rule or regulation prescribe the
 14  methods of scoring.
 15  SECTION 5. THE ACT IS AMENDED BY ADDING A SECTION TO READ: <--
 16  SECTION 223. PROHIBITED COMPETITION.--(A) A PERSON COMMITS
 17  A MISDEMEANOR OF THE FIRST DEGREE IF HE PROMOTES, SPONSORS OR
 18  PARTICIPATES IN ANY MANNER IN THE STAGING OF, OR THE CONDUCT OF,
 19  ANY TOUGH GUY CONTEST OR BATTLE OF THE BRAWLERS OR IN ANY
 20  SIMILAR COMPETITION.
 21  (B) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE
 22  NEWS MEDIA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TELEVISION, RADIO,
 23  NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS, FOR THEIR REPORTING OR ADVERTISING
 24  ACTIVITIES RELATING TO TOUGH GUY CONTESTS OR BATTLE OF THE
 25  BRAWLERS.
 26  (C) AS USED IN THIS SECTION THE PHRASE "TOUGH GUY CONTEST"
 27  OR "BATTLE OF THE BRAWLERS" MEANS ANY COMPETITION WHICH INVOLVES
 28  ANY PHYSICAL CONTACT BOUT BETWEEN TWO OR MORE INDIVIDUALS, WHO
 29  ATTEMPT TO KNOCK OUT THEIR OPPONENT BY EMPLOYING BOXING,
 30  WRESTLING, MARTIAL ARTS TACTICS OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF AND
 19830S0632B0879 - 4 -

 1  BY USING TECHNIQUES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PUNCHES,
2 KICKS AND CHOKING. THESE PHRASES SHALL NOT APPLY TO AMATEUR OR
3 PROFESSIONAL CONTESTS SANCTIONED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ATHLETIC
4 COMMISSION NOR TO CONTESTS STAGED IN CONNECTION WITH ATHLETIC
5 TRAINING PROGRAMS NOR TO AMATEUR OR PROFESSIONAL CONTESTS OF THE
6 MARTIAL ARTS NOR TO ANY COLLEGIATE OR SCHOLASTIC BOXING,
7 WRESTLING OR MARTIAL ARTS CONTESTS.
8 SECTION 6. SECTION 250 OF THE ACT, ADDED MAY 24, 1956 (1955
9 P.L.1693, NO.574), IS AMENDED TO READ:
10 Section 250. Mandatory Eight Count.--Whenever a boxer is
11 knocked down, he shall be required to take a count of eight,
12 even if he has regained his feet prior thereto, and the referee
13 shall not permit the contest or exhibition to be resumed until
14 the count of eight has actually been reached, except in
15 professional championship boxing contests and exhibitions. A
16 referee may give a standing eight count in those instances where
17 he deems necessary.
18 Section 5 7. This act shall take effect in 60 days. <--

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