Fightville Filmmaker Came to Pull for UFC fighters

It’s not uncommon in documentary films for a director to remain emotionally attached to a subject long after the cameras stop rolling.

But Michael Tucker, the New York-based filmmaker who co-directed Fightville with Petra Epperlein, admits he has continued to follow the career of professional mixed martial arts fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight Dustin Poirier with something bordering on obsession.

Fightville shines a sympathetic light on the rough-and-tumble world of mixed martial arts, following the early careers of two fighters, a trainer and promoter in Louisiana.

Poirier, who Tucker calls the “star” of the film, has gone on to great success on the UFC circuit, where he’s ranked in the Top 5 of his weight class.