Thursday, May 08, 2014

Ultimate Fighting

"Jon Jones punches Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 172 event at the Baltimore Arena on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland."

In April, I had the amazing opportunity to document UFC 172 for Getty Images in Baltimore, Md.

To preface, I had only seen highlights leading up to the ten bouts I documented ringside. Never had I ordered a fight or seen one in person.

After the big events, I'd watch all the highlights to familiarize myself with the sport. In addition, I always followed the photographers that in my mind are legends of shooting the sport. They always made it look easy - and I quickly found out it wasn't.

Going into the night I was nervous - as I had no idea what to expect actually photographing these unbelievable athletes. Every kick, punch and ground move could easily result in the end of the match and the first fight was a real wake up call.

But as the night went on, I found my rhythm and shot a lot of frames to help not miss a potential knock out.

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I'm already looking forward to the next fight.


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