Another edition of Focus for y’all. One thing I’ve been noticing in the YouTube comments is the fact, and it is certainly a fact that’s not lost on me, the photos aren’t great. Well, they aren’t all my best photos — just the ones I felt like discussing. The idea is to try and bring [...]
Here’s our second in the All Angles series, where we show you just a little bit of behind-the-scenes and some different perspectives on a fight — in this case, Michelle Waterson challenging Invicta champion, Jessica Penne. It was an emotional roller coaster even color correcting this piece because I had to watch it many times [...]
Casey and I stayed an extra day in Las Vegas to document the first ever Ultimate Fighter tryouts for women. It was a momentous occasion we couldn’t miss and I was extremely happy for all the women and I wanted to meet everyone. Watch our video where we meet a few of the women who [...]
We spent a few days out in Albuquerque back in February with Michelle Waterson and a few days in March with the champ, Jessica Penne, to shoot this preview show for Invicta FC 5. It’s been a wild week of editing — pushed back by the amount of time we spent traveling for other shows [...]
We put a video together of my favorite shots from 2012. Thanks for watching, hope you all have a brilliant and lovely 2013. .
It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the States and we’ve just returned home from Montreal, Canada. There’s so much to be thankful for as an MMA fan. UFC 154 culminated in raw energy and emotion colliding before the seventeen thousand fans at the Bell Center. I’m grateful for fighters fighting with their hearts out, for letting [...]
We’re extremely excited to present to you, our behind-the-scenes feature on the inaugural World Series of Fighting. MMAFighting.com sent us to Las Vegas last weekend to glimpse how a new fight promotion comes together and we hope you enjoy watching what we’ve come up with as much as we enjoyed creating this.
This is fight night just as it sounds, just as it feels.
Past fashionably late, I’m battling some cold and heat exhaustion combo, and my insomnia is kicking me into some action. I wanted to share with you some of the studio work we did last week at Invicta FC 3 and a video Casey shot so you could meet a few of the fighters on the [...]
Finally! We’ve been sitting on this video for a while, waiting for the MMAFighting.com release. Back in April, Casey and I went to Kansas City and shot Invicta Fighting Championships from all angles. I took photography of the event, but I also did video portraits of every fighter. Casey shot video on fight night and [...]
We are in Kansas City for Invicta Fighting Championships. Yesterday, we did portrait sessions with the fighters from midday to midnight. I am pretty beat but we still have so much more to do! So many of these women I photographed when I first started covering fights! I am excited to see so many of [...]
Through our work here at MMA Fighting, we’ve had the opportunity to travel the world covering MMA events. UFC 144 took us to Tokyo, Japan, and we wanted to share our experiences not just in bringing you photos and Ariel’s interviews from the fights, but also our experience of the city. We were fortunate enough to have [...]
2011 was a banner year for MMA. More events than ever, new champs, organizations merging, fighters reinventing themselves, and fighters retiring. We put together this video of my favorite photos from 2011 so that I could share a little bit about each picture with you. I left out maybe 100 photos. I really couldn’t make [...]
What’s up dudes and dudettes?? We’re in the middle of Strikeforce fight week for Rockhold vs Jardine and I gotta say, I’m already beat. Today was insane-o but in the best way. We had a press conference midday flanked by studio work. While I was busy getting the portraits done for Strikeforce, Casey was clipping [...]
Or really, Ariel Helwani’s greatest hits as compiled by the main dude himself, E. Casey Leydon. This was tons of fun and craziness to put together. And it clocks in at a ridiculous 50 minutes total… I think. I don’t know. Just watch! Or don’t. Casey only spent all of the holidays putting it together. [...]
Sometimes, we cut a little time out to do things for fun, for art, to keep our fascination. We made this lovely video for our friends at the U of MMA. Right now, we’re sitting at the Pasadena location of Intelligentsia, one of my favorite coffee places in town because I enjoyed both an amazing [...]
We’re in DC (Casey is sporting his Dischord Records shirt) for UFC Live on Versus 6 and we got to follow Pat Barry around for the day. It was lots of fun and yesterday’s news even validated my personal hatred of cantaloupe. So we’ve got a video for you of Pat Barry going to the [...]
We’re back with a post-fight releasing of a pre-fight look into Jon Jones’ training camp. During a July visit to Albuquerque, Greg Jackson and Jon Jones were generous enough to let us into their training session, showing us the learning process specific to Jones’ title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. It’s fascinating to see, shot [...]
We were privileged to get an inside look at X Gym in Rio De Janeiro and watch Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante spar. Of course, like most camps, we couldn’t video tape the all-out sparring session but we photographed it and incorporated it into Casey’s video on our day there. [...]
Fresh off victories with fighters Carlos Condit and Melvin Guillard, we present to you another installment of our Training Camp series for AOL MMAfighting.com, with coach Greg Jackson.
Last week, just hours before we all knew that Jason Miller would be the next coach on TUF, he was training for Aaron Simpson. We went to Reign Training Center to catch up with Mayhem, who has been out of action since he fought Sakuraba last September. Here’s the video of our day with Jason [...]
We had the fortune of shooting WBO Junior Welterweight champ Timothy Bradley as he trains for his upcoming bout with current WBC Junior Welterweight champion, Devon Alexander, in Pontiac, Michigan on January 29th. Spent the day at the Boys & Girls Club in Indio, CA, and even ran into Cub Swanson. Bradley and his trainer [...]
We had the fortune of shooting in the camps of both Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito for AOL Fanhouse. We did these two videos previewing the lead-up to their fight November 13th. This is really our first foray into boxing and we hope you like it. I also took some lovely photos of Pacquiao and [...]
Hello hello! We’ve been busy busy busy as usual but haven’t had time to make a lot of videos, which is a bummer. However, last week we had the opportunity to visit both Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito while they prepare for their upcoming battle at Cowboys Stadium November 13th. Here’s our video for AOL [...]