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The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting 

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List Rules Movies must feature mixed martial arts fighting

Over the past decade, MMA fights have risen from the underground into a legitimate sport, spawning countless pay-per-view events and a reality TV show. Two fighters in an octagon ring is considered by many to be the closest sport we have to a refined street brawl. The fighting movies on this list cover all genres, although most of them are action and dramas. As MMA becomes more entrenched in our sports culture, we can expect to see even more good MMA fight movies making their way into our theaters. Including Never Back Down, Warrior, and Undisputed, the best fighting movies are also streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

These are films that focus on the sport of mixed martial arts as a central theme. We've also included a few other fighting movies, because they're awesome. What are the best MMA movies? What's your favorite fight movie? If there are any MMA films you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. 

If you like these movies, be sure to check out the best boxing movies.

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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Never Back Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou, Evan Peters

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Never Back Down is a 2008 martial arts film starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. It was theatrically released on March 14, 2008. The film's tagline is "Win or ...more

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Undisputed III: Redempti... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Scott Adkins, Robert Costanzo, Lateef Crowder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Isaac Florentine

Undisputed III: Redemption is the third installment to the 2002 action film Undisputed. The film stars Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir and Hristo Shopov, and was directed by ...more

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Blood and Bone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Gina Carano, Michael Jai White, Kimbo Slice

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ben Ramsey

Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts film directed by Ben Ramsey and written by Michael Andrews. The film stars Michael Jai White, Eamonn Walker and Julian Sands, and ...more

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Undisputed II: Last Man ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Ben Cross

Released: 2006

Directed by: Isaac Florentine

Undisputed II: Last Man Standing is a 2006 direct-to-video martial arts film and is the sequel to the 2002 boxing film Undisputed. The film stars Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Eli Danker and ...more

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Never Back Down 2: The B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Lyoto Machida, Evan Peters

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michael Jai White

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown is a 2011 American martial arts film starring Evan Peters, Michael Jai White, Dean Geyer, Alex Meraz, Todd Duffee, Scott Epstein and Jillian Murray. It is a ...more
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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung

Released: 1988

Directed by: Newt Arnold

Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is partly based on unverified claims ...more

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Enter the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robert Clouse

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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Here Comes the Boom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Salma Hayek, Arianny Celeste, Kevin James

Released: 2012

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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Fighting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán

Released: 2009

Directed by: Dito Montiel

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Lionheart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson, Deborah Rennard

Released: 1991

Directed by: Sheldon Lettich

Lionheart is a 1990 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and co-starring Brian Thompson, along with Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, and Ashley Johnson. ...more

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Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III

Released: 1989

Directed by: David Worth, Mark DiSalle

Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts film produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and co-directed by David Worth. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion ...more

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Circle of Pain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bai Ling, Dean Cain, Kimbo Slice

Released: 2010

Directed by: Daniel Zirilli

15
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Sorapong Chatree

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tatchakorn Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is a 2008 Thai martial arts film co-directed by and starring Tony Jaa. It is a follow-up to Jaa's 2003 breakout film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Initially claimed to be ...more

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Locked Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Bai Ling, Vinnie Jones, Forrest Griffin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Daniel Zirilli

17
The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

Released: 2002

Directed by: Corey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

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Redbelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Tim Allen, Jennifer Grey, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Mamet

Redbelt is a 2008 American martial arts film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Randy Couture, Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna, Emily Mortimer, ...more

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The Protector is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Nathan Jones, Tatchakorn Yeerum, Jon Foo

Released: 2005

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

Tom-Yum-Goong Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง, IPA: is a 2005 Thai martial arts action film starring Tony Jaa. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who also directed Jaa's prior breakout film Ong-Bak. As ...more

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Tapped Out is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
RichardEdwardG.Lacson added Tapped Out Anderson Silva, Michael Biehn, Martin Kove

Released: 2013

Directed by: Allan Ungar

A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents.
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Fighter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
DavidLalande added Cyron Melville, Molly Blixt Egelind, Xian Gao

Released: 2007

Directed by: Natasha Arthy

Fighter is a 2007 action drama world cinema film written by Nikolaj Arcel,Natasha Arthy and Rasmus Heisterberg and directed by Natasha Arthy.
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The Philly Kid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Michael Jai White, Devon Sawa, Neal McDonough

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Connery

The Philly Kid is a 2012 American dramatic action film directed by Jason Connery, produced by After Dark Films, written by Adam Mervis.
23
The Quest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
sxmenthol added Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Jet Li

Released: 2005

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Unleashed is a 2005 martial arts action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier, written by Luc Besson, and produced by Jet Li. It stars Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, and Kerry Condon. The ...more

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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best MMA Movies About Fighting
RichardEdwardG.Lacson added Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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