Nicco Montano feels exploited for the nudity in the new document: “They just had no regrets”

Nicco Montano still hopes the new documentary, filmed when he becomes the first Indian champion in UFC history, corrects a particularly vulnerable moment where his naked body is revealed during a heavy weight cut.

A movie called The spirit of a warrior has received much praise for arriving at a film festival a few months ago featuring Montano just after she became UFC Women’s Fly Series champion, and the devastating moment she had to give up this title after ending up in a hospital trying to lose 125 pounds against Valentina Shevchenko for the planned battle.

Scenes from the documentary were actually shown in the HBO series A real sport just over a year ago, which showed Montano is going through a tortured weight loss because of that fight. It was the evening before he was due to step on the scales when the filmmakers captured Montano removing the towel, accidentally revealing nudity as he looked at his weight.

Instead of blurring the image or removing just a few seconds of material to keep Montano’s naked body from being exposed, the documentary still presents that moment in the finished film.

“I hear it’s a great documentary and it wins awards and more,” Montano said in a performance. Fighter vs. author. “But just the fact that the documentary talks about the exploitation of the Indians and the whole genocide with the government and how the UFC exploits UFC fighters. It’s just very hypocritical that they say all this because I’m definitely being exploited here.

“I never said it would be good for me to be exposed to a movie, and when I asked them to remove it, they just said I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s a good movie, everyone loves its effectiveness. Like OK, you’re different. I still don’t. I don’t want to be seen by anyone because I don’t get royalties, I don’t get any setbacks from this document. Like nothing. “

Montano admits that he agreed to participate in the documentary, but he never explicitly gave permission to show his naked body, even if the moment was captured during the filming.

For this reason, Montano strongly disagrees with the decision to include nudity in the film, even though it was never a point in the documentary, especially that it adds more to the film than revealing his body for the world to see.

“I think that was my main concern. They just didn’t have remorse,” Montano said. “They’re just like ‘you signed well, and it’s part of the movie and it makes it more impressive,’ but it’s also at my expense. They’re still very hypocritical to show or show how they say the UFC was filmed and they do the same thing.” knowing I don’t get paid or royalties for this at all.

“It was a documentary about my life and what I had to say, so I really don’t want to take those parts back. Because that was true then and I would definitely like to share my story and Native American culture, but I would also like to give my consent that it is OK for me to be naked on television. I’ve never even had a chance to make a choice with it. “

Landon Dyksterhouse, who directed the film, recently appeared at Miesha Tate’s Throw it down podcast in Sirius XM, where he responded to criticism of Montano’s body being revealed during the documentary.

He said the scene was filmed in a hotel room during Montano’s weight loss before UFC 228 and was granted permission to continue filming as he tried to reach the £ 125 limit.

Dyksterhouse added that he disagreed with the idea that Montano’s naked body didn’t play a role in his film, especially when combined with a broader story about the struggles he faced during a very difficult time in his career.

“To say it’s not related to the story, I don’t think it’s true,” Dyksterhouse explained. “Because in the beginning Nicco had everything. He has a belt, he has his health, he’s at his best. That’s why so many people in the Native American community adore him. At the end of the movie, the arc of the story is that he won’t be left without anything. including his body, including everything he had achieved in the UFC.

“So it’s definitely part of the arc of the story there. No programmer at any of the festivals we play, be it Native American or here in NYC or anywhere else, has mentioned anything that would be [exploitative] by nature, that it is pornographic in nature, that it is one of those things. “

Despite the story told in the documentary, Montano still doesn’t understand why the revelation of his naked body couldn’t have been simply obscured or possibly completely edited.

“I don’t know why,” Montano said. “I don’t want to assume they’re bad people. I let them follow me for much of my career, the most important part of my career. I don’t know what’s going on in their heads.”

Dyksterhouse, for his part, sticks to his decision to leave nudity in the film after Montano agreed to participate in the documentary, although it is possible that further editing could be done under the right circumstances.

“Anything is possible. The ball is in his court,” Dyksterhouse said.

“There’s also one thing to understand in movies, that when you turn a cut to a festival, it’s a cut. You can’t reset and do all of these things because it’s one app through which everyone who attends a film festival participates. There’s more to it than just driving in and adjusting everything whenever you want. ”

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