Dawg Fight, the insane documentary about Florida backyard fighting, is now on Netflix

by

comment
PHOTO VIA DAWG-FIGHT.COM
  • Photo via Dawg-Fight.com
Dawg Fight, arguably one of the most insane films to come out of the Sunshine State as of late, is now available to stream on Netflix. 

In 2009, filmmaker Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys and ESPN's 30 for 30 episode, "The U") set out to document the bareknuckle brawling subculture of the South Miami suburb known as West Perrine. The story follows Dada 5000, a fighter/promoter who grew up only a few blocks from MMA fighter Kimbo Slice, as he becomes the Don King of illegal backyard fighting. 



Naturally, a lot of controversy surrounded the film. Many studios wouldn't pick it up because of the gratuitous violence. "Nobody would buy it," Corben told ESPN.com. "Everybody watched it and loved it. They thought it was some of our best work. But they wouldn't buy it. The three most prominent reasons we got for rejection was that it was too urban, too violent and too real. To us, that was like a woman turning you down because you're too tall and too handsome."

 Corben self-released the film last March and the film popped up on Netflix last Friday. 




We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.