Fight Church Trailer Introduces Fight Club For Christ

By Kristy Puchko 9 months agodiscussion comments
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Ever wish your pastor was a little more kick ass? Well, then Fight Church is perfect for you. This documentary follows a selection of pastors who are as passionate about the gospel of Christ as they are about mixed martial arts. So, they combined their passions as a tool to praise in an unexpected way: church sanctioned cage fights. Check out this wild concept in the trailer above.

Deadline shares Fight Church's first trailer, and notes that aside from the cage-fighting pastors seen above, the doc also features interviews from pro fighters Benson Henderson and Jon Jones. But not everyone in the doc is on board with this combination of blood lust and Bible study, as the trailer itself teases. Sure, Jesus threw over the tables of money changers in the temple, but he didn't roundhouse kick anyone in the face as far as I remember.

The fight for the future and reputation of Fight Church is clearly at the center of this doc. Here's some of our favorite lines from both sides, as heard in the trailer:
"When Preston came up with having a fight club in the church, it was an easy thing to say 'yes' to. Tough guys need Jesus too. "

"You guys like to see me fight another pastor?"

"We'll just be a couple of God-fearing men punching each other in the face."

"I carry my faith inside the cage with me."

"Cage fighting does not speak about loving one another. Cage fighting is about hating one another basically."

"Jesus never quit. Jesus never tapped out."

"If you really want the enemy off your trail, you got to learn to put your foot on his neck. Somebody shout, 'Jesus!'"

"Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and then at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?"

Lending some prestige to this edgy content is its directors, Daniel Junge, who directed the Oscar-winning doc short Saving Face, and Bryan Storkel, who previously explored eccentric branches of faith with Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians.


Faith-based films have been doing well lately. Last weekend, Darren Aronofsky's Noah topped the box office with a commanding $44 million opening weekend. And taking the number five spot with $9 million was a little advertised movie called God's Not Dead, a drama about a college student whose faith in God is challenged by his atheistic philosophy teacher. Even Son of God, the theatrical release of the television mini-series The Bible, has done well, pulling in $58 million to date. This could be a great omen for Fight Church. But for now we're waiting on word of when this curious MMA doc will hit theaters.
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