All Johnny Sanchez (Ernie Reyes, Jr.) wants to do is be a MMA fighter and hates the thought of working in his father's struggling garage so angrily quits. But what Johnny also does it end up dating Julia (Sara Downing) the daughter of his Sensei, Gene (Ving Rhames) and having a child with her. With things desperate he makes a bad decision and ends up doing time when he attacks someone whilst doing a debt collecting job. It is inside that Johnny's fighting abilities come to the attention of warden Harbin Rask (John Savage) who along with his guards gamble on Johnny's fight within the prison. But Rask has bigger plans and arranges for Johnny's release early so that he can fight in the Red Canvas competition against a fighter working for Krang (George Takei).
Depending on your philosophical bint you might say that "Money Fight", which is also known as "Art of Submission", has a lot of story or on the other hand you might say it has a lot of cliche. Whilst I enjoyed "Money Fight" I'm in the cliche camp as from disrespecting the one you respect to a corrupt warden and not to forget the inspirational tale of redemption I have seen it all before with the only differences this being an MMA movie and it throws in a lot more story than you expect such as a subplot surrounding Johnny's family garage business in trouble.
But as is the case with many of these movies you kind of don't watch "Money Fight" for the story but the action and the moments of inspiration and as such if you are a fan of MMA style action and recognize any of the fighters who appear in the movie it is likely to entertain. But for all those impressive fight scenes along side the scenes of training, because lets face it these movies are built on inspirational training scenes, all I could see was the cliches just in a different wrapping and some surprising names just as George Takei showing up in the cast.
What this all boils down to is "Money Fight" is not anything in the least bit new, stringing together several fighting movie cliches together under a layer off MMA. But as such for those who enjoy MMA should get some enjoyment out of this too.