If there’s anything the cast and creator of DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom pride themselves on, it’s looking, feeling and being as authentic as possible

The fighters seen working out in the corners of Navy Street gym are actual athletes. The sweat that covers the faces of cast members during their physically and mentally demanding and bloody fight scenes is real. The body transformations they undergo when their characters prepare for a tough match are true to life

Going into the series’ second season, which premiered last week on DirecTV, creator Byron Balasco aimed to flesh out the fighters’ world even further with the addition of Natalie Martinez. Martinez plays an up-and-comer with the drive she’ll need to stand out at a gym filled with big names Read more…

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