MMA Crossfire – Miesha Tate talks Sara McMann and the UFC strawweights

#2 ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate recently appeared on Inside MMA to talk about her upcoming UFC 183 fight with #3 Sara McMann and as usual, a number of other topics came out.

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Breaking the MMA Lens: Josh Hedges photography whitepaper: Part Two

Last time we talked mostly about the technical issues of his MMA photography. Camera settings, gear, and the like. That was the beginning of our conversation. Then the discussion got into style and technique along with some history and personal aspects.

Josh will take about 3200 photos at any given event. The problems are that many of the photos are eliminated because of focus, framing, action, subject matter etc. Of the 3200 he shoots, about 500 are actually usable.

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Daniel Cormier (R) punches Jon Jones (L) at UFC 182. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After choosing the right photos comes post-processing. They use Adobe Photoshop as their post-processing software. Josh says they never retouch a photograph. He only crops and may make small adjustments to exposure. They also do some text captioning and use the program Photomechanic to organize the photos. They never digitally remove distractions or retouch anything.

Irish featherweight Conor McGregor holds an open training session in a file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Irish featherweight Conor McGregor holds an open training session in a file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

There is a staff that works the UFC events. Everybody has a job and there is a lot going on in terms of photography at each fight. There is a staff of three to six photographers, and up to six editors, with some freelancers mixed in. So, the area surrounding the cage has a lot going on. Each photographer has a job, such as pre-fight, post-fight etc.

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo interacts with fans in a file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo interacts in a file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although they have set up lights for open fighter workouts, they usually don’t have to do this for an actual event. However, there have been a few cases where the lighting wasn’t quite right at an event and they had to bring in their own lights to help out.

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Nick Diaz in a file photo. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

We talked about what got Josh into photography. It stemmed from when he was real young. His grandfather always had a camera with him. He would always be taking pictures, showing them and talking about photography. Josh was mesmerized and before you knew it, he was hooked. He got his first camera when he was six-years old and he’s been a maniac ever since.

What does Josh like to photograph other than MMA and sports? Landscapes and travel fascinate him. I totally understand that. Landscapes are quiet and don’t move. Landscape photography is usually quite relaxing, the opposite of the fast pace of combat sports.

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Josh Hedges has been featured in magazines like the UFC’s own magazine. Courtesy UFC Magazine.

He does the travel and snapshot photography when he’s with his family. Josh and his wife have three-year old twins that really keep them on the go. He loves to get shots of them during their adventures.

It was a real pleasure to talk to Josh. The time we spent went by quickly. It was great to get some insights from this accomplished, professional photographer.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch the entire UFC Fight Night Boston: Embedded series right here

It’s a special fight week, as Conor McGregor and Cowboy Donald Cerrone are returning to the octagon, one a bit quicker than the other.

Check out the UFN Boston Embedded series.

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MMA Crossfire – Anthony and Sergio Pettis to fight together again at UFC 185

Brothers Anthony and Sergio Pettis will once again fight alongside, this time at UFC 185, March 14th at the America Airlines Center in Dallas.

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MMA Crossfire – BAMMA 18 gets 3 more preliminary bouts

The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) announced three preliminary bouts for their upcoming BAMMA 18 show February 21st.

The main event features a three round featherweight title defence between champion Tom Duquesnoy (9-1-0, 1NC) and challenger Krzysztof Klaczek (8-2-0).

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Newly signed Chris “Night” Miah (5-0-0) takes on Mick Gerrard (3-1-0) in a flyweight battle.

“I’m glad to be able to showcase and test my skills against a good opponent on one of the biggest stages in Europe,”
Miah said. “I am planning on being at my best and putting in my best performance to date for the BAMMA fans.”

Tom Aspinall (1-0-0) and Ricky King (2-0-0) square off in the heavyweight division. “Tom Aspinall is potentially the most exciting and most talented UK MMA Heavyweight we have seen,” said BAMMA consultant Chris Zorba. “He has the tools to go all the way and BAMMA will provide him with a great platform to prove this.”

“Tom is a good opponent but I intend to make it a great fight between two unbeaten heavyweights,” King said. “I’d like to thank BAMMA for the opportunity of fighting on Europe’s no.1 show”

Finally, it will be Nathan Court (3-2-0) vs Louis “KO” King (1-0-0) in a battle of middleweights.

Court is returing to BAMMA after a two-year layoff. “I am looking forward to this fight! Louis is a great fighter & a lot of people were avoiding him but I was more than happy to accept,” Court said. “When a promotion like BAMMA comes calling, I was always going to sign the contract and I plan on turning up and putting on a show. Every fight I’ve had has been a fight of the night contender and I see this one being exactly the same, as we both have the skills to take each other out in a heartbeat!

“Don’t blink!”

“I’m excited to bring my K.O. power to BAMMA and entertain the crowds. Nathan better be at his best on Feb 21st,” King responded.

More information can be found by visiting BAMMA.

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MMA Crossfire – Can Brendan Schaub properly welcome Brock Lesnar back to the UFC?

UFC heavyweight “The Hybrid” Brendan Schaub (11-5-0) recently appeared on the Jason Ellis show and tagged himself as the man to return former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3-0) back to the UFC – if he ever returns.

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It was an entertaining interview.

Schaub suffered a TKO loss to Travis Browne at UFC 181.  UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan took him to task about his performance in that fight on his radio show.

Lesnar is currently in the WWE and is the heavyweight champion in the company. UFC president Dana White has hinted that he is open to Lesnar returning to the UFC if he’s interested.

Health issues hastened Lesnar’s first run with the company, He last fight was a TKO to Alistair Overeem back at UFC 141 in 2011.

THE CROSSFIRE’S TAKE: Talking up Lesnar is a great way for Schaub to keep his name revenant. An impressive win over Lesnar would turn around his current misfortunes.

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MMA Crossfire – Jim Ross expects big things from CM Punk in the UFC

Legendary professional wrestling broadcaster Jim Ross knows Phil “CM Punk” Brooks better than many.

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