Born a Champion

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Directed byAlex Ranarivelo
Produced by
  • Ali Afshar
  • Paul J. Alessi
  • Kevin Asbell
  • Daniel Aspromonte
  • Sean Patrick Flanery
  • George Kosturos
  • Forrest Lucas
  • Ava Rettke
Written by
  • Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Alex Ranarivelo
  • Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Katrina Bowden
Music byAustin Wintory
CinematographyReuben Steinberg
Edited byBrett Hedlund
  • ESX Entertainment
  • Forrest Films
Distributed by
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Red Sea Media
Release date
  • January 22, 2021 (2021-01-22) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes

Born a Champion is an upcoming 2021 American martial arts drama directed by Alex Ranarivelo and written by Sean Patrick Flanery and Ranarivelo. It stars Flanery, Dennis Quaid and Katrina Bowden. The film also features mixed martial arts fighter Edson Barboza, with appearances by Renzo Gracie and Mickey Gall.[1][2]


Mickey Kelley, one of the first American black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, gets pulled away from everything he loves and into an unsanctioned MMA tournament.


  • Sean Patrick Flanery Mickey Kelley
  • Katrina Bowden as Layla
  • Dennis Quaid as Mason
  • Maurice Compte as Rosco
  • Currie Graham as Burchman
  • Costas Mandylor as Dimitris
  • Reno Wilson as Terry Pittman
  • Ali Afshar as The Sheik
  • Edson Barboza as Marco Blaine


The film is scheduled for limited release in select theaters in the United States on January 22, 2021 and be available via video on demand the same day.[3] It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26, 2021.[4]


  1. Cruz, Guilherme. "Trailers, release date revealed for 'Born a Champion,' movie starring UFC fighter Edson Barboza". Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  2. Clements, Averi. "Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Sean Patrick Flanery Stars In Upcoming MMA Movie "Born A Champion"". Jiu-Jitsu Times. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  3. Renner, Brian. "Everything You Need to Know About Born A Champion Movie". Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  4. Cranswick, Amie. "Sean Patrick Flanery, Dennis Quaid and Katrina Bowden star in trailer for Born a Champion". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 18 December 2020.

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