Anderson Silva's 'Like Water' film wins 'Best New Documentary Director' for Pablo Croce

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva speaks to the crowd after defeating Chael Sonnen in the UFC Middleweight Championship bout to retain his title at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Be like water, my friend.

Or be like director Pablo Croce, who took home the award for "Best New Documentary Director" for his Anderson Silva documentary, one of six entries submitted in this year's Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

"Like Water" premiered back on April 21 at AMC Loews Village.

Produced by Jared Freedman, the mixed martial arts documentary chronicles UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's preparation and training for his UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" title fight that went down last August at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.


"The film opens up a violent world in an unexpected way through its sensitive and seamless portrayal of its complex hero, ultimate fighter Anderson Silva."

Silva would endure four-and-a-half rounds of punishment to come back and submit challenger Chael Sonnen to retain his 185-pound title and keep his UFC unbeaten streak alive.

Croce took home $25,000 (sponsored by American Express) and the art award "Path to the Stage" by Inka Essenhigh.

For a video preview of "Like Water" click here.

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