The UFC is a niche market. While it’s currently at the height of its popularity, it is still niche. Not everyone knows what it’s about, and not everyone cares. Most people look at it and think these are just a bunch of brutish boars, and deny it as a sport. But it is a sport, like any other, and it takes training. And that’s one of the beautiful things about this documentary. It brings the discipline to the foreground.
Takedown: The DNA of GSP allows a niche market to appeal to a larger demographic. It doesn’t alienate, or pander, and it showcases the sportsmanship involved. Takedown keeps you at a fever pitch the entire time, and not just because of the fights or the score. It’s because of who GSP is. It’s about what he does, and how he does it; his training, his childhood, and his rise as a champion.
The documentary follows the life and career of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. From his youth as a scrawny kid, bullied and beaten in school in rural Quebec, he took to Karate to learn how to defend himself. He eventually ventures to New York to train with the best in the industry, with no money and while barely speaking English. Takedown takes you through his steady climb to victory, over his losses and mistakes, and takes a close look at what it takes to be a champion. It culminates with the March 2013 fight where St-Pierre defended his title against the ruthless Nick Diaz.