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Directed byMichael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
Produced byMichael W. Gray
StarringDustin Poirier
Tim Credeur
Albert Stainback
Gil Guillory
CinematographyMichael Tucker
Edited byPetra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Distributed byShowtime Networks
Release dates
  • March 12, 2011 (2011-03-12) (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • April 28, 2011 (2011-04-28)
CountryUnited States

Fightville is a mixed martial arts documentary film released in 2011. It was co-directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker.

The film features interviews with a group of Lafayette, Louisiana fighters and coaches, which includes Dustin Poirier, Tim Credeur, and Albert Stainback. Other fighters featured are Derrick Krantz and Ronny Lis. Poirier and Stainback receive much of the screen time as the filmmakers explore their troubled respective backgrounds and reasons for fighting. Credeur, a fighter and coach, is interviewed about his Gladiator Academy which seeks to "build better men".[1] Gil "The Thrill" Guillory, the promoter of a local promotion named USA MMA, is also featured.[2][3]

It premiered internationally on April 28, 2011, at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.[1]

The idea for Fightville came about during production of Gunner Palace, when the filmmakers found out about MMA by observing soldiers watching and practicing the sport.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bryce, Renninger. "Showtime Buys Mixed Martial Arts Doc "Fightville"". Indie Wire. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. ^ Campbell, Morgan (24 April 2011). "Documentary exposes gritty, gruelling underside of MMA". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ Chiappetta, Mike (13 May 2012). "'Fightville' Shows American Dream Through Eyes of UFC Star Dustin Poirier". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ Wright, Anders (30 April 2012). "We Interview FIGHTVILLE Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein About the MMA Documentary". Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

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