Wow, two blog posts in less than 24 hours. I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of this. Well, as many of you already know, I covered UFC 141 on Friday for UFC and Getty Images. The night was a bit slow starting out, with all the prelim fights going the distance and not a whole lot of excitement. But, in the end, the fight we all were looking forward to – Cerrone vs Diaz – lived up to the hype and then some. While I didn’t totally agree with the judges cards (I had Cerrone winning round 2), the right guy (Diaz) got the nod in the end and made a strong campaign for a shot at the 155-pound title.
After the war between Cerrone and Diaz, the main event was very unsatisfying. I didn’t expect Lesnar to try and stand with Overeem, and I definitely didn’t expect Lesnar to retire after being dispatched. While it wasn’t surprising and makes total sense, I just had never thought about it, even given his health issues in recent times. I’m a bit sad to see him go. He’s always been friendly to me and has given me some great shots over the years. I am very much looking forward to the matchup between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem though.
Below is a selection of my favorite shots from the night. You can view the full take from myself and my friend Donald Miralle at Getty Images. I will add more to this gallery when I have a chance to look through the overhead remote shots. Special thanks to Rob Tonelete for a great job editing for all four photographers on the night.
With UFC 141 coming up this Friday, I wanted to share my coverage from all the events this week leading up to the fight. The first of which were the media open workouts which took place over at the Ultimate Fighter Gym on Tuesday. Only four fighters were scheduled to appear, and of those four, only three worked out. I’ll give you one guess who the individual was that chose not to participate. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the first time he’s done something like this. That wasn’t the only drama of the afternoon though. Due to the shift in scheduling, Donald Cerrone was brought into the gym early to begin his workout while Nate Diaz still stood some 30-feet away doing interviews. Through his entire workout, Cerrone continually looked over Diaz’s way and muttered various obscenities to himself, while hitting and kicking the pads harder and harder each time. Eventually, Diaz left and Cerrone finished his pad work, wrapping up the somewhat abbreviated workouts.
My lighting setup in the dimly lit gym consisted of two Canon 580EX II speedlites, raised to about ten feet high and shooting almost straight across from each other. One was set to 1/8 power and the other 1/16 to create a little bit of shadow. I shot most of the images perpendicular to the lights to further enhance the shadows.
Below is my selection of favorite shots from the afternoon. You can see the full take on Getty Images or UFC.com.
I’ve been away for a few days, so I apologize for the lack of posts. This is the first of three for tonight that will get you caught up on my work from last week.
UFC fans got their first public glimpse of Alistair Overeem at the UFC 141 announcement presser that took place in liu of the normal Q&A session at the UFC on FOX weigh-in last Friday in Santa Monica, California.
The event was short-lived and nothing interesting of note came out of it. But, nonetheless, there were a few cool photos. Brock Lesnar definitely looks to be perfectly healthy and training hard. Overeem, as always, looks like a towering beast. Here are the selects