Gordon Shell in the “Dog Fighter”
MMA Cage Fighter Gordon Shell is coming out of retirement. What makes his story so different from other fighters that have done the same is that his return to the cage is not to pursue a larger fight purse, or, to get just one more victory before calling it a career.
Instead, Gordon is fighting for another reason. One that is more meaningful than money or one last win. He is fighting to help create awareness of animal abuse and to stop dog fighting in Detroit.
Gordon suffers from a failing heart and instead of utilizing proceeds from his last cage fight for personal medical services; he is electing to donate most of the proceeds towards an animal rescue shelter.
On September 15 at 7:00 p.m., MMA fight fans will pack Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester Hills, MI to see Gordon’s last fight and to help end dog fighting in Detroit. Tickets for the event are available through TicketMaster online.
Dog Fighting in Detroit
Dog fighting in Detroit has become an epidemic. Most recently, the FBI raided what is believed to be a local dog fighting operation controlled by Detroit rapper Young Calicoe.
Local authorities in Canton Township and Livonia have cracked down on dog fighting rings and clubs through the use of undercover raids during which they have also discovered illegal drug activity. According to Craig Garrett of the Detroit News, “Detroit and Inkster police have collectively seized hundreds of pit bulls from organized drug and dog-fighting rings in undercover raids.”
The Motion Picture Institute: Producing the “Dog Fighter”
MPI Co-Founder Douglas Schulze and graduate Chuck Grady will be directing a documentary film of Gordon Shell’s training and life leading up to his last fight in September. Several graduates and current students of The Motion Picture Institute will be on hand to help film Gordon’s last fight. “In addition to being a close friend of the MPI team, we consider Gordon to be a great inspiration to those who are facing adversity but instead think of others,” said Schulze.
About Gordon Shell
Gordon Shell has been a martial artist since his early 20's and began training and teaching martial arts over the last few years. Now 41 years old, Gordon has participated in nearly 80 competitive fights throughout his mixed martial arts career.
He is now taking on the largest fight of his career. The fight to end animal abuse and dog fighting in Detroit.