“i felt like i was facing my past. i felt like after I won, I turned the page. After that, things just started changing.
Fighting means everything to me, it’s been a huge impact in my life.
Why I Fight is a feature length documentary independently produced by Lucas Carter following three young professional mixed martial arts fighters. The documentary focuses on the fighters on a personal level as they progress to build a career and life for themselves as MMA fighters.
Get to know the fighters a little more below.
Brady’s passion for MMA originated from his high school wrestling career. After high school, Brady sought to find a new source of competition which lead him into mixed martial arts. He was kicked out of his family’s house at the age of 18 due to his choice to continue fighting. Brady moved in with James, and the two worked to put themselves and their hometown on the map.
A native of Decatur, Indiana, Evan DeLong has been a professional fighter since 2007 and has almost 20 professional fights. A well rounded fighter, Evan first found his love for fighting in boxing gloves. Discovering MMA would lead him to take the 30+ minute drive from Decatur to Fort Wayne everyday to begin his career as a fighter.
James Porter, 20, is a professional MMA fighter originally from Matthews, Indiana. After getting picked on by classmates in school, he took up Tae Kwon Do and quickly earned the rank of Black Belt. It was then that James chose to further his martial arts horizons to MMA.
"you get a sense of bliss when you lose yourself in the fight.
you're both throwing hands at each other, and in that moment,
that's all that matters."
"most people would doubt me; would doubt that this is anything real; that this is anything more than just playing around.
But the people that take the time to invest into what i'm doing and see the sacrifices i make, those are the people that get the picture.
Those are the people that see that this is real.
this is very real."