Hollywood wants to make a movie about Australian UFC star Tyson Pedro whose father stabbed him in the chest

Hollywood wants to make a movie about Australian UFC star Tyson Pedro whose father stabbed him in the chest

Hollywood wants to make a movie about the Australian UFC star whose “hood rat” father stabbed him in the chest and knocked out his teeth – as the Octagon fighter reveals an emotional reason why he always wears an army hat to his fights.

  • Tyson Pedro has Hollywood producers asking to adapt his life story into a feature film
  • Pedro, 30, had a tough upbringing which saw him severely beaten by his father – with whom he now has a good relationship
  • John Pedro was a pioneer of Aussie mixed martial arts and paved the way for today’s down under stars

UFC fighter Tyson Pedro’s life story is so incredible that movie producers are talking about transforming it into a feature film.

The 30-year-old from Penrith in western Sydney returned to the Octagon earlier this year after the longest injury layoff in UFC history – but that’s only part of his incredible journey.

The light heavyweight – who faces Harry Hunsucker at UFC 278 this weekend – recently revealed details of his troubled upbringing which saw him at times at war with his father John, who was a mixed martial arts pioneer in Australia.

Tyson Pedro, 30, pictured with his father John (left) and fight team after an Octagon win against Ike Villanueva in April 2022

Tyson Pedro, 30, pictured with his father John (left) and fight team after an Octagon win against Ike Villanueva in April 2022

Tyson Pedro fought Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout in December 2018. Pedro would injure his knee in this fight, sidelining him for more than three years

Tyson Pedro fought Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout in December 2018. Pedro would injure his knee in this fight, sidelining him for more than three years

John Pedro – an American Samoan and self-proclaimed “hood rat” – brought Tyson tough and wanted to teach him the realities of life he experienced growing up amid the gang wars between the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles.

This involved him knocking out Tyson’s front teeth in a brutal sparring match and at one point accidentally stabbing him in the chest.

It’s no wonder that several Hollywood producers want to turn the story into a feature film.

John told the Daily Telegraph that it’s not just Hollywood chasing him, either: “I’ve also had a filmmaker from England reach out.”

But every time producers have asked to make the film, Tyson and his father have turned them down because they aren’t convinced people will understand the “uniqueness” of their story or relationship.

Tyson Pedro has raised his hand in victory after the fight against Ike Villanueva.  Hollywood producers have shown interest in adapting his life story into a feature film

Tyson Pedro has raised his hand in victory after the fight against Ike Villanueva. Hollywood producers have shown interest in adapting his life story into a feature film

John Pedro’s quest to introduce MMA to Australia could be a movie in itself.

Local stars such as Robert Whittaker, Alexander Volkanovski and Tai Tuivasa may never have had promotions to compete in without his efforts to launch the professional fighting organization King of the Cage.

“For a long time it was me, the hood rat, arguing with lawyers, politicians, sports ministers,” explains John.

“I was alone, threatened with arrest, and with everyone saying MMA would never get off the ground.”

Tyson’s incredible injury struggles have been widely reported, but what is less well known are his mental struggles throughout the ordeal.

“I had a nervous breakdown,” he revealed. “I have never spoken about this to anyone outside of close family, but the pressure was too great.

“For four years I had worried about my knee, about money, about supporting my wife and daughter… and now, finally, it was time for me to win.

“Then one day I started drinking and that was it. I disappeared on a bender for several days.

John Pedro was instrumental in helping his son through this dark period and getting his training back on track.

The story behind Tyson’s iconic military hat – which he can be seen wearing at every entrance to the Octagon – is also a story worth telling.

The headgear belonged to Tyson’s cousin Brian, who was killed while serving with the US Army in Afghanistan in 2010, and Tyson is wearing it to honor his family.

More recently, Tyson and his brother-in-law Tai Tuivasa have launched their own beer brand, Drink West, which has been signed on as the UFC’s official beer partner in Australia for the remainder of 2022.

Despite starting small, the pair – and new shareholder, NRL superstar Nathan Cleary – are now building a $1.5 million brewery near Panthers Stadium in Penrith.

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