Today, all the fighters from the UFC 138 card weighed in at the Community Hall in Birmingham, England. All fighters, save Thiago Alves, made weight on their first try. Alves initially came in a pound over the 171 pound welterweight limit, but later made weight to make his bout against Sweden’s Papy Abedi official. After his initial weigh-in Alves and Abedi had a heated face-off, needing to eventually be separated by UFC President Dana White. Not to be upstaged, middleweight main event fighters Chris Leben and Mark Munoz also got up close and personal during their face off.
Yesterday was the final press conference for the UFC 138 card here in Birmingham, England. Only four fighters were represented on the dais, and the conference was rather quick. Middleweight opponents Mark Munoz and Chris Leben paid a lot of respect towards each other, as did bantamweight opponents Brad Pickett and Renan Barao.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m across the pond in Birmingham, UK for UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz. After a lengthy day/night of travel, I arrived at my hotel around 9am Wednesday morning. I had just enough time for a quick shower and breakfast before heading downstairs to photograph the fighters during the open workouts. The open workouts for UK based events are typically very low key. This one was no different. A group of 15-20 people was on hand to watch as the main event fighters – Mark Munoz and Chris Leben – as well as a handful of UK based fighters worked out. Most of the fighters didn’t do anything intense, with the exception of Jason “Shotgun” Young and Brad “One Punch” Pickett. As you can see from the gallery below, these two were the highlights of the afternoon.
Lighting was minimal in the small meeting room, so I setup two Canon 580ex speedlites at opposite ends of the mat. I like doing this when I can, because it gives me the ability to control the lighting just by walking around to different spots around the fighter. Want really harsh shadows, just move around so that the light is directly to the side. Want it more flat, just stand so that the light shoots the same direction your camera is pointed.