Veteran’s MMA Fight Club plus its founder featured on HBO

June 25, 2013 No Comments
Todd Vance has found his home at the friendly confines of the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in North Park, San Diego, CA. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Todd Vance has found his home at the friendly confines of the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in North Park, San Diego, CA. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Presser from HBO Sports:

HBO Real Sports: The Fight Club

Soledad O’Brien travels to San Diego and meets the men of the POW MMA Fight Club, who have found their own solution to one of the military’s biggest problems.

How many of us have ever gotten an Email directly from the boss at HBO Sports? I don’t see any hands going up. Here’s the one Todd Vance received the other day.

Dear Todd,
Everyone at HBO is excited about your segment airing tonight on HBO Real Sports. Below is an editorial video we produced.

This evening, HBO’s celebrated Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel presents another enlightening, behind the scenes look at the world of sports and sports heroes. The subjects of their latest broadcast live right here in San Diego. They’re your friends and neighbors.

Todd Vance and his POW Fight Team pose for a photo.

Todd Vance and his POW Fight Team pose for a photo.

This being the start of their 19th season, Real Sports’ 195th edition, I’m certain they want to start off with an engaging tale. Introducing their fans to someone who’s been an eyewitness to the horrors of war, the tales of bravery and pure human sacrifice, is an excellent idea. More than likely that’s the reason they’re featuring a look into the life of Todd Vance and his inspirational Fight Club group, called POW, which trains local war veterans in the sport of MMA at the Undisputed Fitness and Training Center in the North Park section of San Diego.

Gumbel and his investigative team can be likened to that other crack team of investigators over at CBS working on the iconic “60 Minutes” program. If the going-ons are in some way controversial, a problem floundering in obscurity, unbeknownst to the majority of sports fans, then this is the problem solving they relish.

Here is a photo taken many moons ago with Todd Vance's original Muay Thai coach Chris Getz at the Black Tiger Gym in San Diego, CA.

Here is a photo taken many moons ago with Todd Vance’s original Muay Thai coach Chris Getz at the Black Tiger Gym in San Diego, CA.

Vance’s innovative program for war vets battling with PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse surely has the makings of a startling tale. So, have your remote handy to switch over to the HBO channel because this program airs tonight, Tuesday, June 25th at 10 p.m.

Other play dates include: June 25 (2:25 a.m.), June 27 (10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.) and June 29 (10:30 a.m., 1:00 a.m.), and July 3rd (12:30 a.m.), July 7 (8:00 a.m.), 12 (2:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and July 15 (6:00 p.m.).

HBO2 play dates: June 26 (4:55 a.m.) and 28 (7:35 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), and July 1 (7:00 p.m., 5:00 a.m.), 6 (1:15 p.m.), 11 (1:15 p.m., midnight) and 14 (6:00 a.m.).

HBO On Demand(r) availability: July 1-22. The show will also be available on HBO GO(r).

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