Mixed martial arts megastars Ronda Rousey and Jon “Bones” Jones are among a number of the sports big names getting in the ring for The Hurt Business, a documentary from the team behind the 2013 bodybuilding docu Generation Iron. With Hurt Business, writer-director Vlad Yudin and producing partner Edwin Mejia of the Vladar Company will go beyond the octagon for a closer look at the world of MMA. The film follows the daily lives of UFC light-heavyweight champion Jones; Rousey, the first and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion; and former UFC light-heavyweight champ Rashad “Suga” Evans for a diverse perspective of the various lifestyles and career trajectories that exist in the fight business.
The Hurt Business also such other top MMA brawlers as Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Georges St-Pierre, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten and Josh Barnett, exploring the history and culture of MMA. It also features psychologists, neurologists, sociologists and government officials analyzing the grim prevalence of brain trauma and the implications of MMA’s increased popularity.
Rousey had roles in the Entourage movie as well as Furious 7 and The Expendables 3 and reportedly is attached to a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze punch-up Road House for writer-director Nick Cassavetes. Along with Generation Iron, which featured such well-known bodybuilders as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno and was narrated by Mickey Rourke, the Vladar Company’s credits include the 2009 feature Last Days Of Summer starring DJ Qualls and Nikki Reed.