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Fight Night Video: Invicta FC 3
Fight Night Video: Invicta FC 3

This is fight night just as it sounds, just as it feels.

FOCUS: UFC 153
FOCUS: UFC 153

We went to Rio de Janeiro to cover UFC 153 and we put together this little video of my favorite photos from the week.    

Meet The Invicta 3 Fighters
Meet The Invicta 3 Fighters

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 […]

Genesis of Invicta FC Video
Genesis of Invicta FC Video

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 […]

Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier Fight Night
Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier Fight Night

We enlisted the help of Bimb0_Slice, aka Meleth Gonzales, to interview fighters at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals.  We’re pretty amazed she agreed to do it since Meleth flew in from Turkey that same day and was basically running on fumes and media room coffee. Esther was busy being crazy as the Strikeforce photographer […]

Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Presser
Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Presser

We’re here in San Jose covering the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final and Melendez vs Thomson III.  Check out the video highlights of today’s press conference and you can see the photos on the Showtime website here.  Tune in on Saturday night to see who finishes this crazy tournament and watch tons of really great […]

InvictaFC 1 Fight Night Gallery
InvictaFC 1 Fight Night Gallery

We were in Kansas City last week to shoot Invicta FC’s first event and I am happy to share my photos from fight night.  We’ll have more video for you soon, as Casey is compiling an excellent video for you all.  And no, I did not have any BBQ while in Kansas City as I […]

Invicta Weigh-Ins
Invicta Weigh-Ins

Watch the Invicta One weigh-ins and then check out the weigh-in gallery for tomorrow’s first ever Invicta Fights and don’t forget to tune in for free and live on InvictaFC.com, 8 pm eastern!    

Invicta Fights Photo Shoot
Invicta Fights Photo Shoot

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 […]

Strikeforce Barnett/Cormier Feature Gallery
Strikeforce Barnett/Cormier Feature Gallery

I took a quick trip up to San Jose last week to steal some stills while Showtime Sports shot their promos and features for the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals on May 19th AND the rubber match between lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson.  The short trip was lovely and I was able […]

Samurai MMA 2
Samurai MMA 2

We stayed busy while UFC took its six week hiatus that I like to refer to as “tax time,” by going to Albuquerque and hiking Chaco Canyon, and trying to keep up with events in Los Angeles. This past weekend Casey and I shot the Samurai MMA Pro event (some amateurs opened the night) at […]

Siyar and Mayhem: Punch Buddies
Siyar and Mayhem: Punch Buddies

Just out after a hard week in training, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Siyar Bahadurzada hit up an arcade for a little fun. You can watch Siyar Bahadurzada fight Saturday on the UFC on Fuel card in Stockholm, Sweden. Definitely tune in because Siyar’s been tearing it up outside the UFC for a while and I’m […]

Tokyo Days
Tokyo Days

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 […]

An Evening with Ariel and Quinton
An Evening with Ariel and Quinton

We hit the streets of Shinjuku with Ariel Helwani and Rampage Jackson for MMAFighting.com.  Casey walked backwards, 1.4 km in each direction to the arcade, Dean holding him by the beltpack to keep him from tripping while I snapped a few shots and watched for cars and bikes.  It was a ton of fun and […]

My Favorite Photos of 2011
My Favorite Photos of 2011

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 […]

Strikeforce Post-Presser
Strikeforce Post-Presser

Strikeforce held a successful night of fights at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last night and honestly, it’s not complete until you watch King Mo opine on the state of MMA. So here are video highlights of the press conference from all the guys on the panel. Cookies […]

Strikeforce Weigh-in Video
Strikeforce Weigh-in Video

  We are in Las Vegas at Strikeforce and fight week is almost over.  Had weigh-ins today at the Hard Rock Hotel and here are the videos.   MAIN CARD:     And the prelim SHO EXTREME weigh-ins. EXTREME!   Also, Esther’s photos are on the SHO Sports site here including her usual super awesome […]

Strikeforce Presser Highlights
Strikeforce Presser Highlights

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 […]

Fight Journal: Luke Rockhold
Fight Journal: Luke Rockhold

Back in Vegas! We took a short break at home in Los Angeles to see the NYE American Nightmare reunion.  Here’s a video of that show and can you spot us in this photo?  Esther spent the entire show fucking shit up in the pit. She is the coolest. Now we are settled back into […]

Best Of 2011 Interviews
Best Of 2011 Interviews

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. […]

元気ですか!! Promos
元気ですか!! Promos

  Damn. We are really enjoying DREAM’s promos for the upcoming FIELDS Genkidesuka New Years spectacular in Japan. Now you can too! Whee.     These are the kinds of videos you need to watch to wash G with a Gi out of your mind. Or not. I don’t know. This one uses my photos […]

Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal
Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal

Here’s the gallery for tonight’s fights. I’ll post up a few words as soon as I get to a stopping point.  Typing in the car is fun but making me a little queasy. Congratulations to Gilbert Melendez and to Jorge Masvidal as well for a great fight. KJ Noons looked fantastic in his return.  And […]

The U of MMA
The U of MMA

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 […]

Lost Photos
Lost Photos

Shooting every week, sometimes I will go do a shoot and completely forget about posting the photos.  Usually, it’s because it’s for a magazine and they’ll end up using one or two shots.  Meanwhile, there’s forty or fifty winners just sitting on the hard drive, never to be seen. Here’s a couple from DREAM.16 in […]

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