Holly Holm just headkicked her way into UFC history by defeating Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, and now it looks like she’ll be following Rousey to the big screen in 2016 as well. Okay, the not-so-big screen. Holm appears in the low budget movie Fight Valley alongside several other female mixed martial artists like Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg. Here’s the plot, care of IMDB:
When Tory Coro turns up dead, the neighborhood turns up silent. Rumor has it she became yet another victim of the small town known as FIGHT VALLEY. Tory’s sister Windsor moves to town to begin her own investigation on her sister’s mysterious death after weeks of no leads from the police. She’s quick to learn that Tory fought for money to make ends meet. If girl-next-door Windsor is going to make her way into FIGHT VALLEY to find the truth about Tory, she’s going to have to fight her way in.
“Jabs” (Miesha Tate) swore she would never throw a punch in the Valley again. Jabs now finds herself training Windsor to survive the painful, unexpected path she’s about to take. Every corner. Every alley. Every doorway. She must follow the last footsteps of her sister in order to come face-to-face with Tory’s killer in FIGHT VALLEY.
Yes, that’s right. Miesha Tate’s character is named Jabs. Other great character names include Bricks, Stakes, and Yanni. Our new women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm plays Payton Walsh – no word on if having a last name means her character gets a meatier role.
Fight Valley continues the trend of A-list mixed martial artists showing up in D-list entertainment. We’re not sure where all the money comes from to produce these low budget Skinemax style flicks, but they keep getting made at a furious pace. Argentinian ’90s action star Hector Echavarria was responsible for a long stream of MMA-themed movies with inexplicable cameos from guys like Georges St-Pierre and Rampage Jackson. Here’s how that turned out for St-Pierre in 2009’s Never Surrender:
Now it looks like the next generation of combat sports cinema has arrived. One of the defining characteristics of these movies is they’re often driven by one person – in the case of Fight Valley it’s New Jersey writer / director / actor / rapper Rob Hawk. He’s also put together such films as Grievance Group and the punctuationally challenged Hostile’s Inbound: The Lost Ladies.
This time Hawk steps behind the camera to merely write and direct for Fight Valley. We don’t get to experience too much acting from Miesha Tate and Holly Holm in the preview, but this clip shows you some of the Academy Award-winning scene-chewing we can expect…
Holly Holm’s fight this past weekend shows she’s definitely got the skills to be a champion. But her acting chops in this leave a little to be desired. She might want to consider getting a better agent now to prevent more Fight Valleys from happening.