Complex Networks is gearing up to premiere an original docuseries from executive producer and UFC Champion Ronda Rousey.
Produced by Dirty Robber and Religion of Sports, Why We Fight (8 x 45 minutes; pictured) chronicles fighter Zac “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman’s journey across the globe to encounter fellow boxers who have dealt with their issues by stepping into the ring.
The docuseries follows Wohlman – who’s dealt with a childhood drug problem and currently faces a painkiller addition – on his trek to heal his wounds in an effort to return to the ring a better fighter and person. Why We Fight will trace the San Fernando Valley, California native as he establishes meaningful bonds with the fighters he meets on his travels.
Executive producers for Dirty Robber and Religion of Sports include Gotham Chopra, Matt Ogens, Martin Desmond Roe, Chris Uettwiller and Adam Feinstein. Justin Killion and Melanie Moreau are exec producers for Complex Networks.
In the first episode, Zac travels to Tijuana, Mexico to study the art of boxing. It’s in this first episode that Zac reveals he’s been addicted to opioids following an injury, and is now doing his best to rebuild his confidence and regain his skills.
Why We Fight premieres Oct. 18 via Complex’s digital channel on go90.
“We expect the series will hook viewers far beyond the traditional fight audience,” said Chris Uettwiller, CEO of Dirty Robber, co-producers of the series. “Through Zac, we were able to capture an authenticity rarely seen in the fight world. Why We Fight allows the viewer to see the fears and vulnerabilities of men and women who might otherwise appear invincible.”
“We’re incredibly excited about partnering with Complex, Dirty Robber and Religion of Sports to bring Zac’s personal journey to fighting fans everywhere,” added Ivana Kirkbride, chief content officer of go90. “Why We Fight epitomizes go90′s vision of providing fans with content from exceptional producers, that they can connect with on an emotional level, all while bringing them deeper inside the world of their favorite sports.”
An earlier version of this article mistakenly identified Rousey as Rhonda rather than Ronda. realscreen regrets the error.