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Built By Pain

Short Film

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On May 16, 2014, Ring of Combat heavyweight champion Brendan Barrett stepped into the ring to defend his title against Justin Woods. Little did he know how that fight would change him. After recovering from surgery to fix a broken hand with a steel plate, Barrett was cleared to fight. Within moments of the first round, it only took one hit, and his career was jeopardized.

In Built by Pain, a short film by director Noah Shulman, viewers go beyond the octagon and dig deep into the mindset of MMA fighters Brendan Barrett's motivation, overcoming adversity, and the ability to push through the pain. It's a human story that is pinpointed to a key moment that put everything into perspective. Almost two and a half years later Brendan is set to defend the same championship title that almost ended his career.