UFC 140 Weigh-in gallery

I just wanted to quickly share my UFC 140 images before I head over to the arena for the fights tonight. Nothing too major transpired at the weigh-in, other than Dennis Hallman coming in 2 1/2 pounds over weight. Dana White didn’t seem too happy about that. I guess for most, the other highlight of the event would be the return of Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer.

As always, this is just a small selection. The full take is available on Getty Images.

UFC 140 Weigh-in – Images by Joshua Hedges

UFC 140 final presser

Today was spent at the Bell Tiff Light Box cinemas for the UFC 140 final pre-fight press conference. The fighters in the three feature bouts were in attendance – UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, challenger Lyoto Machida, Heavyweight opponents Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, and Light Heavyweight opponents Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira. I believe this was the first time we’ve done a press conference or any type of event inside a movie theater. It made for a nice setting, though the lighting was a little darker than usual. The seats were quite comfortable though, and I found myself wanting to take a nap as the presser drew on. All six guys were very respectful and there were no controversial comments made.

Below is a taste of my favorite shots. As always, the full take is available on Getty Images and UFC.com.

UFC 140 Pre-Fight Press Conference – Images by Joshua Hedges

UFC 140 Open Workouts

Yesterday marked my first full day in the wonderful city of Toronto. I spent most of the day hanging out at the Xtreme Couture gym for the UFC 140 Media Open Workouts. There were a good amount of both press and fans in attendance. The workouts started out good with Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz being the first two fighters on the mat and both putting on a decent show. However, after Ortiz was finished, the Nogueira brothers were scheduled to come out. We waited for a bit… nothing. Waited a bit more… nothing. Finally, after about an hour and twenty minutes, they showed up. Minotauro started out doing interviews while his brother Minotoro (aka Lil Nog) spent what felt like another twenty minutes wrapping his hands. Finally, Lil Nog started hitting mits and we were back on track. Minotauro came out and hit pads and shadow boxed for a bit after his interviews were done. The day concluded with Frank Mir putting on a brief demonstration, followed by UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon “Bones” Jones who always dazzles the crowd with flashy kicks, knees, and punches. At one point, the fans were calling out moves and Jones would instantly demonstrate them – “Flying knee”, “Spinning hook kick”, “Axe kick” and “Spinning back elbow” were just a few.

The ambient light in the gym was pretty low, so I busted out the trust speedlite and mounted it to a pole. I played around with exposure levels and positions throughout the day. At one point, I had to detach the mounted flash unit and use it on camera when Minotauro was doing his interviews because the camera operators were standing directly in front of the flash unit.

The full take is available on Getty Images and UFC.com. Below are my favorite selects from the day.

UFC 140 Open Workouts – Images by Joshua Hedges