Sheldon Silver may be up to his usual antics as far as mixed martial arts (MMA) getting past the New York State Assembly to become a legal sport in the "Empire State," but while that is still going on, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Al Iaquinta is currently involved in bringing the tales of a struggling NY fighter who can't fight professionally in his home state to the small screen, in the new television project entitled "Choke Artist."
As first reported back in February on MMAmania.com (story here), Iaquinta will be playing the role of Judd Pulaski in the TV series, a fighter coming up through the ranks of the underground fight scene in New York while getting involved with a shady promoter, an ambitious manager, and having to deal with a brush with the law.
"Choke Artist" was written and directed by Sean Fitzgerald and produced by Stephen Koepfer and Jabari Gray. The initial filming sessions on location in New York, have recently wrapped and a sizzle reel is currently being pitched to various TV networks.
Also appearing in the reel will be Johnny Bonilla-Bowman, an up-and-coming amateur fighter who also trains at Serra-Longo with Iaquinta, as well as actors Luna Tieu, Paul Sheehan and Vladislav Koulikov. A former fighter, Sambo competitor and trainer, Koulikov appeared in the Angelina Jolie film "Salt" in 2010, as her character Chenkov's father.
MMAmania.com will keep you posted on all future news regarding "Choke Artist" as it becomes available.