Fighters


Jake Shields:

Born: January 9th, 1979
Fighting out of: San Francisco, CA
Record: 23-4-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Bio: Jake Shields began amateur wrestling at the age of nine and has been a professional MMA fighter for over ten years. He began his MMA training at Chuck Liddell's SLO Kickboxing Academy in 1999. In 2001, Jake received a wrestling scholarship at San Francisco State and moved to San Francisco where he began training with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team (Dave Terrell, Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez). Jake is a lifelong vegetarian and a proud father, whose competitive edge and hard work has earned him a place in the top five welterweights in the world. Fight Life gives an inside look on Jake Shields life and what it takes to be a champion.



Nick Diaz:

Born: August 2, 1983
Fighting Out of: Stockton, CA
Record: 20-7-0, 1 No Contest
Bio: Nick Diaz was born and raised in Stockton, CA. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Diaz started training in martial arts as a teenager to defend himself. He and his brother, pro MMA fighter Nate Diaz, began training at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy where he met close friends and training partners Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez. Since starting his MMA career in 2001, Nick has fought in numerous promotions (IFC, WEC, UFC, Shooto, Pride, Strikeforce) and has cemented himself as one of the top MMA fighters in the world. Upfront with his use of cannabis and his no BS attitude have garnered him the love and hate of many MMA fans. Fight Life gives a rare perspective on one of the most misunderstood fighters in MMA today.



Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez

Born: April 12, 1982
Fighting Out of: San Francisco, CA
Record: 16-2-0
Gym: El Nino Training Center
Bio: Born and raised in Santa Ana, CA, Gilbert Melendez competed as a wrestler at Santa Ana High School. Upon graduation he earned a wrestling scholarship to SF State where he met Jake Shields who encouraged him to train in BJJ and MMA with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team. Gilbert has been fighting since 2002 and has garnered an impressive record of 16-2 and has earned the nickname "El Nino" (in reference to his fighting style that "wipes out everything in its path"). Fight Life takes you to the eye of the storm and shows what it takes to be one of the top lightweight fighters in the world.



Frank "The Legend" Shamrock

Born: December 8, 1972
Fighting out of: San Jose, CA
Record: 23-10-2
Gym: Shamrock MMA
Bio: Born Frank Alisio Juarez III, Frank spent his childhood in and out of foster homes and crisis centers. Eventually he went to live with Bob Shamrock, a man who has taken in hundreds of troubled boys including Frank's stepbrother Ken, and adopted the Shamrock name. In 1994 during the beginning stages of the sport, Frank Shamrock took to MMA as way to support himself. Since then he's amassed numerous world titles and established himself as a respected authority on MMA. In Fight Life, Frank Shamrock lends his experience and insight on the sport of MMA, a sport that he was instrumental in getting sanctioned in the US.



Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm

Age: 30 years old
Fighting out of: Spokane, WA
Record: 12-0-0
Bio: Lyle Beerbohm has had his share of ups and downs. Wrestling in high school, Lyle already showed tenacity in competition and was ranked in the state. Things took a turn for the worst when after high school, Lyle fell into the wrong crowd and got addicted to methamphetamines. This addiction would dictate the next six years of his life which he spent in and out of jail and amassed eight felony charges. While serving out his last sentence in prison, Lyle saw an episode of The Ultimate Fighter that sparked a fire in him to be a fighter. Eight days after he was released from prison, Lyle fought his first amateur fight and "traded one addiction for another". His parents, once weary from constant disappointment of their son, are now his biggest fans and his mother shows her support by making him the fanciest fight shorts in the business. Fight Life gives an intimate look at one of the most inspiring rising stars in MMA.



Miesha Tate

Born: August 18, 1986
Fighting out of: Olympia, WA
Record: 6-2-0
Bio: Miesha began wrestling in high school where she joined the all-boys wrestling team. Wrestling eventually led to MMA and she joined the MMA club at Central Washington University where she met future boyfriend and assistant fight coach, Brian Caraway. Her love for competition and MMA grew and soon Miesha left college to pursue a professional MMA career. She sought out world renowned fighter and trainer, Dennis "Superman" Hallman and began training at Victory Athletics. Sacrificing financial security and a comfy life, Miesha is driven to pursue her dreams and become a world champion. Fight Life gets an up close look at one of the rising stars in the newest sector (women's MMA) of a new sport.





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