Movie Review: Takedown: The DNA Of GSP


By Paul Fontaine

Takedown: The DNA Of GSP is a fascinating look at the life and career of Georges St. Pierre. The documentary was done just after the Nick Diaz fight in March 2013 and intersperses present day footage with early footage of GSP’s career and even his childhood life. There are present day interviews with many people who were influential in GSP’s career such as Firas Zahabi,  John Danaher, Kristof Middox, Freddie Roach and Phil Nurse. There are some comments from Joe Rogan and Dana White and also thoughts throughout the piece from his mother and father.

The movie is done in two distinct parts. The first half shows his early career, his path to the welterweight championship and loss to Matt Serra, which was a clear turning point in his life. They then talk about him regaining the title and how much he learned from that loss and how much it motivated him. Through both the first and second half, there are inspirational quotes from judo masters, sensais and even Georges himself, along with random footage of the GSP-Diaz fight set to classical music at various points in the story.

The second half of the movie focuses more specifically about his fight with Nick Diaz and the lead-up to it. They have footage of Georges in surgery while airing clips from the same period claiming he wasn’t hurt. Footage of the Penn-Diaz fight aired, after which Diaz called out GSP. Then they show the fight with Condit but edit it to make it appear as if Diaz was robbed of that decision. GSP talks about his battles with OCD and the self-doubt that motivates him to get better each and every day.

They show the fight with Diaz but air it without crowd reaction or commentary, instead playing soft music throughout, building to a crescendo as the fight nears the finish. Toward the end, the crowd noise starts to overtake the music with chants of GSP, GSP, GSP. This portrayal of the fight is very poetic. At the end of the fight, they pick up GSP congratulating Diaz and Diaz doing the same to Georges to give the appearance it was all just part of the job. The final scene of the movie shows an almost tearful GSP telling the camera that he’s really a very peaceful man but his job requires him to beat people up and it’s very hard to separate those things sometimes.

The documentary was an interesting and honest look at one of the best mixed martial artists in history and should be seen by any GSP fan or true fan of MMA.

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