Silicon Valley, a haven for geeky computer programmers nestled in the heart of the Bay Area, doesn't seem like the kind of place you'd find a fight club. In fact, you'd be more likely to find a group of guys gathered after work for a rousing round of Dungeons & Dragons than suiting up for serious combat –- yet that's exactly what the men at the Gentlemen's Fight Club do roughly once per month. Thanks to filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, viewers can now get a firsthand look inside this geek fight club in the short documentary 'Uppercut.'
At first glance, it's hard to tell if 'Uppercut' is a legitimate documentary or a clever fake. The men fighting aren't the battle-hardened warriors you'd expect to find in an underground fighting ring; instead they're almost caricatures of what we think of when it comes to Silicon Valley workers –- white guys in glasses softened by years of cubicle-dwelling. However, a quick search online reveals an 'ESPN E:60' segment that proves not only are these guys for real but that the Gentlemen's Fight Club actually predates the Brad Pitt / Edward Norton film by a year. Apparently, it drew its inspiration from Chuck Palahniuk's novel instead.