I went to a MMA fight last weekend and took shots from a perch above the octagon. I didn’t get very good shots, most of the fights were very short and the fighters weren’t in a convenient position to my angle, but below are the results from that exciting shoot!
For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, it’s basically a mix up of various fighting styles. People are cross trained in multiple styles including, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling/grappling, jujitsu, and others. Once you are in the ‘octagon’ pretty much any fighting style can be used. The fight can be ended by either a knockout or a tapout or if needed, a judges ruling after 3 rounds. Usually the fight goes to the floor and one of the fighters is able to get the other one into some kind of hold which causes them to give a quick tapout signal to the referee. Some of these fights last less than a minute.
What’s cool about this sport is that a every fighter has a chance against every other fighter. For example, you might be 7 foot tall and be a great boxer but if you get taken to the floor you could easily get choked out by a guy 5 feet tall with great grappling skills. In the photo above, the guy with the tattoos actually lost the fight shortly after this photo was taken.
This is my only shot from the championship fight. It lasted about 40 seconds before a clean jab to the chin knocked this guy out cold. He eventually recovered, but it was a rather anticlimactic championship fight.
Anyway, I learned some stuff about shooting action and sports, which was my goal, and I had a great time while watching the fights. Shoutout goes to Chris and Christian of Outrage Fight Gear for hooking me up with access!