Watch Fight Factory
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Fight Factory paints an unprecedented in-depth portrait and dissection of the renowned American Kickboxing Academy mixed martial arts training center. Premiering on Aug. 15, 2012 with a two-hour special via the Latino-oriented Nuvo TV network, AKA founder Javier Mendez sought a greater visibility for already celebrated and up-and-coming fighters such as former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Strikeforce heavyweight star Daniel Cormier, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and veteran UFC welterweight Jon Fitch. His series ultimately gained an unintended notoriety among the MMA fan community as it depicted in detail the falling out between Mendez and veteran UFC welterweight contender Josh Koscheck. Cameras rolled as Koscheck said with little hesitation, and no apology afterward, that he "[hoped] the gym burns to the ground." Along the way, Fight Factory also captures a fighter's life beyond training and fighting. Fans watched over 19-1 kickboxer Gabe Carrasco's shoulder both as he trained for an upcoming bout and as he tended to the auto body repair job that makes his ends meet during the day. The series also chronicled the AKA family rallying around yet another UFC welterweight, Mike "Quick" Swick, as he battled uncertainty about his future while training for a comeback bout against DeMarques Johnson following an injury-riddled previous two years. It's yet another look into Fitch's notoriously grueling preparations, as he'd previously been followed both by UFC cameras and those chronicling his training for other documentary features. Cameras followed veteran Phil Baroni as he continued training to give his own career direction following a prime that may have already bypassed him. In the meantime, the series also makes existing and new fans alike more familiar with fighters such as Velasquez and Cormier, both familiar names within hardcore fan communities but not yet recognizable ones among more casual followers not so intimately familiar with the sport. The first season of Factory consisted of eight first-run episodes in August and September 2012.