Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Easy Opponent

"UFC light heavyweight fighter Phil Davis works out with Penn State wrestling coaches during the '20 days to UFC 167' media tour at the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex on the campus of Penn State University on November 7, 2013 in State College, Pennsylvania."

I recently had the opportunity to document UFC fighter Phil Davis for Getty Images.

Davis, a Penn State alumnus, returned to the university to do a media tour before the UFC 167 event. From training with wrestling staff, to visiting old friends and places on campus, it was a interesting glimpse of an athlete who excelled in (and still after) college and returned to give back.

These are the type of assignments I love to shoot. I really enjoy showing the behind the scenes of athletes and their training - it's an raw look at how hard these guys and girls train to become the best at their respective sport.

Not to mention, my job was easy, as Davis is a class act athlete who made the day enjoyable for all around him. He understood my role as a photographer and was happy to give me full access for the day. For that, I am grateful and wish him the best in the UFC.


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