The 220th edition of HBO's critically acclaimed series ‘Real Sports' with Bryant Gumbel returns Tuesday, July 21 and will feature an investigation on domestic violence among pro MMA fighters, with the centerpiece being Jon Koppenhaver's harrowing abuse of Christy Mack.
Mack, who constantly updated her social media during her recovery from the vicious injuries, joined David Soctt on the program to recount her abusive relationship with Koppenhaver.
A clip of the episode is available above.
A full description of the feature has been provided by HBO:
*Outside of the Cage. Last summer, just as news of Baltimore running back Ray Rice's violent assault on his fiancée in a hotel elevator was about to make headlines, a far more brutal domestic violence attack involving a pro athlete had just taken place. But the beating that nearly killed former adult film star Christy Mack, allegedly at the hands of the MMA welterweight known as War Machine, flew largely under the radar.
High-profile sports like football and boxing, the father of all fight sports, have long dealt with athletes' domestic violence toward women. But the newly minted American combat sport Mixed Martial Arts, which showcases the world's most violent athletes, has largely escaped mainstream scrutiny of its fighters' conduct. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott investigates domestic violence among pro MMA fighters and efforts by MMA organizations to address it, and talks to Christy Mack, who for the first time tells the harrowing story of what she says was an abusive relationship with a trained professional fighter and the assault that nearly took her life.
Real Sports debuts Tuesday, July 21 at 10pm ET on HBO.