Cage Fighting Women
Saturday 16 Jan 2010 22:31:00
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Film maker Nick Holt's documentary on womens Mixed Martial Arts aired this week on BBC Four. The film centres on a year in the life of Britain's pre-eminent MMA fighter, Cambridge graduate Dr Rosi Sexton Phd of Manchester, and on Leeds' Lisa Higo at the time a 35 year old with a Keith Barret type comedy husband as a trainer, striving for glory.

The two stories intertiwne halfway through as Sexton's partner and trainer Karl Transwell takes over as Higo's trainer. He knows how to bring the best out of the modest Yorkshire mother of two, better than her bumbling husband, as Lisa prepares for an 8 woman tournament in America. Meahwhile, Rosi, who becomes Higo's training partner, is competing at the top level for womens MMA but her personal relationship is bringing her to a cross roads.

The documentary opens with ominous music that threatens a hatchet job on the sport, but is an interesting and non-judgemental film, with the blessing of Sexton who on her blog at :"The first time I saw it, I had very mixed feelings. It struck me how unhappy I seemed, much of the time. That’s probably a fair representation of the period, though hopefully not of me as a person!...On watching it again last night, though, I liked it a lot more...By the end of filming, he  [Nick Holt] knew the women’s MMA scene better than I did, and had talked to just about everyone in it. I think that comes across in the final piece...The result is a good reflection of that period of time"

you can watch the film on BBC iplayer until Thrusday the 21st of January at here

photo: Rosi Sexton by ?

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