Vital Thrills has your exclusive first look at a clip from the HBO Sports documentary film The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez, an inspirational story of an athlete’s passion and persistence. Courtesy of HBO, you can watch the clip using the player below.
The HBO documentary film The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez debuts tonight, January 31st, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on Max.
This uplifting documentary chronicles the exceptional spirit and drive of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Tatiana Suarez as she prepares to reenter the cage after a nearly four-year injury layoff from the sport.
Looking back on her improbable recovery, Suarez reflects on her journey from wrestling prodigy to a professional athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the legacy she leaves young women, particularly those in the Latina community.
As a teenager, Tatiana Suarez rose to prominence as one of the top young female wrestlers in the United States and seemed destined to compete for a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, while training for the competition, she suffered a brutal neck injury that not only ended her wrestling career but also led to the even more shocking discovery of thyroid cancer.
After a multi-year battle with depression, injury, and cancer, Tatiana began training in Jiu-Jitsu at an MMA gym. In the film, streaming on Max, Suarez recounts facing seemingly insurmountable odds to become one of the best female pro-MMA fighters in the world.
With verité-style access to Suarez and her team as she rehabs, trains, and fights, and including home videos and footage of Suarez’s career, The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez is a portrait of one woman’s immense talent and remarkable resilience, traits that inspire the next generation of female athletes to excellence.
The featured participants include Suarez’s family, including her mother, Lisa, brother Chris, and grandmother, Suzanne; Romie Aram, Suarez’s head Coach; Andy Galpin, Ph.D., Suarez’s strength and conditioning coach; David Ochoa, Suarez’s high school wrestling coach; and Patrick “Patchy” Mix, Suarez’s cornerman and pro-MMA fighter.
There’s also Roy Lazaro, the head coach at Northview High School, and the female athletes of the Northview High School women’s wrestling team who are inspired by Suarez.
Other participants include Dana White, President and CEO of UFC; Terry Steiner, head wrestling coach for Team USA; Ariel Helwani, MMA Journalist; and Claudia Gadelha, former UFC fighter.
HBO‘s The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez is a Dentsu production in association with SMAC Productions.
It was directed and executive produced by Cassius Corrigan, produced by Michèle Ohayon, and executive produced by Kedian Asulei, Cecile Murias, Geneva Wasserman, Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini, and Fred Anthony Smith.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.