There were a lot of great fights when I was cage side photographing the Bellator Fighting Championships in Chicago, Illinois May 15, 2009. I have a new found respect for anyone who steps into a ring or cage. Being up that closing and hearing each blow as a glove or foot connects on their opponent. I enjoyed mixed martial arts before I went to see Bellator and photograph is for Sherdog.com, now I am just in awe. It was a long night of work, but I enjoyed it immensely and hope to do more mixed martial arts photography.
At the end of the night I need to file some pictures to go along with the report so I found where all the writer’s tables and started to upload my pictures onto my laptop. All around me they were tearing down everything from the event, I thought to myself “I hope I have enough time to FTP my pictures to Sherdog’s server.” Then about 15 minutes later one of the workers asked me “Are you almost done?” Seeing the situation around me, I planned for this occasion – I used to be a Boy Scout and “being prepared” is a motto I’ve taken to heart. So, I bailed out of the venue and drove to the Des Plaines Oasis where they had free wifi.
It was actually nicer to work there because the lighting was better, it was quiet and I had plenty of space to work. I filed everything on time and then the next day uploaded my full gallery of pictures. They will be showcased later this week on Sherdog, I’ll make sure to post the link. Below are a few highlight shots from that night, hope you enjoy!
You might be able to see me on the ESPN coverage on Bellator’s YouTube page – http://www.youtube.com/BellatorMMA the event I was at is listed under the “Bellator VII” videos.