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Fighting in the Age of Loneliness - Episode 5: As the world fell apart, the only magic was in the cage

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Felix Biederman and Jon Bois, in partnership with SBNation are tackling MMA, its modern history, its current evolution, and its place in American society in this 5-part documentary. Here’s the final episode.

Jon Bois and Chapo Trap House’s Felix Biederman have teamed up for SB Nation’s five-part documentary on mixed martial arts. The series looks to cover the evolution of the sport and its strange place in the world, under the title “Fighting in the Age of Loneliness.”

Episode 1 focused on the roots of MMA, while episode 2 looked at the beginning of the UFC. Episode 3 chronicles the collapse of the Japanese economy, the rise of PRIDE, The Ultimate Fighter, and more. Episode 4 examined MMA’s “golden age,” and now we’ve reached the finale. We’re getting to the modern era of the sport, aka the one we’re going through right now.

Here’s the description:

This is our stupid, violent spectacle sport for freaks and assholes that’s as legitimate as any other sport in the world. At least, it was ours at some point. The UFC has spent the 2010s sacrificing much of its magic in its desperation for mainstream legitimacy. This sport once transcended our world. Now, it is our world.

Hopefully you enjoyed the entire series!