The one-hour documentary originally aired Sept. 2 on FOX Sports 1, as part of the lead-up to UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, which culminated in a rematch with former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate.
“It’s an honor to receive a Sports Emmy Nomination,” UFC president Dana White said. “Ronda Rousey is one of the biggest stars in sports right now and ‘Breaking Ground’ took people behind the scenes of her career like never before. Our team worked really hard on it and it’s awesome to be nominated alongside other great documentaries.”
The program went into detail, profiling Rousey’s rise as the first female champion in UFC history, detailing her childhood trauma and the complicated relationship with her mother that fueled her athletic endeavors.
The Rousey documentary is one of four nominated for the Outstanding Sports Documentary award that will be handed out on May 6 at the Time Warner Center in New York City. The other nominees include NBC’s First: The Official Film of the London Olympic Games, Showtime’s LT: The Life and Times, and NBA TV’s The Doctor.
The show was produced by A. Smith & Co., which also produces the UFC Countdown shows that also air on FOX Sports 1.