Director Kahleem Poole-Tejada talks about “New York MMA” documentary

Last week I had the chance to see a press screening of an early cut for a new documentary, “New York MMA”. The film examines the struggle of MMA in New York on both a statewide point of view, as well as the human perspective from an amateur fighter from the five boroughs looking to turn pro. I spoke with the director, Kahleem Poole-Tejada, after the screening to learn more about himself, the movie, and more about MMA in NY.

New York Mixed Martial Arts, is currently scheduled to open the festival on Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm right after the festival’s ribbon cutting. Tickets to the show will be free to the public, assigned on a first come first served basis at the film festival website on the morning of the show starting at 10am. You can read my review of the film at this link here and get FREE tickets to check this movie out at this link here.

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  1. RossenSearchTeam says:

    Thing about New York is they’ve got their mind made up.

    And they dont listen to other people.

    Part of the New York attitude from my observation is their irrefutable conviction that they’re more sophisticated, more culturally aware, slicker and smarter then everybody else.

    Changing their mind after they’ve made a decision doesn’t fit into that self image.

    Especially changing their mind late and getting in line tardy after almost everybody else who counts has already gotten onboard.

    Especially New Jersey.

    They’d rather refuse to acknowledge the rest of the world then admit to being old, slow and corrupt.

    Its a boxing town.

  2. GrimJack says:

    I astute observation. Another interesting read about the lack of MMA/UFC in NY is the UFC owners broke all the unions in the casino’s/hotel they own in NV. The real blow back is the NYC militant union beliefs. Unions at one time where good, but now they are as corrupt and parasitic as the companies that screw over the worker.

  3. MuayThaiNYC says:

    Been training muay thai for 3 years now, huge MMA fan, born and raised in NYC. All I can say is… LEGALIZE IT

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