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Gunpowder & Sky acquires worldwide rights to UFC 1: Origins of the Octagon documentary

Digital media distribution and media company Gunpowder & Sky has thrown their hat into the fight documentary game.

The company announced today the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the documentary UFC 1: Origins of the Octagon from the producers of the The Last Dance.

Made with the full support of the Gracie family, the documentary traces the roots of the UFC back to its first event in 1993, when Gracie combined with used car salesman Art Davies and pay-per-view company SEG president Bob Meyrowitz to produce UFC 1 in Denver.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Gunpowder & Sky on bringing this stranger-than-fiction tale to life,” said producer Mike Tollin in a press release. “Director Mason Gordon captures the wild convergence of the world’s greatest gladiators in a truly epic battle. This is actually how UFC got started – you have to see it to believe it!”

Tolin produced the ESPN documentary The Last Dance which chronicled former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-1998 season.

“With sports audiences around the world currently starved for content, we are thrilled to be partnering once again with our incredibly talented friends at Mandalay,” Janet Brown of Gunpowder & Sky. added. “There is nothing like sports stories to carry audiences on a rollercoaster of highs and lows, and this is no exception. It’s compulsory viewing for existing fans, and is so compelling that we guarantee it will win new ones!”

UFC 1: Origins of the Octagon is slated to be released in the fall.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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