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MMA Crossfire – IMMAF signs deal with UFC Fight Pass

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced today the 2015 IMMAF amateur world championships will be shown on UFC FIght Pass.

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MMA Crossfire – Video: Jon Jones comes clean

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ interview with FOX Sports One’s Clarissa Thompson aired yesterday evening.

Jones elaborated about the circumstances of his failed pre-UFC 182 drug test.

It was an interesting conversation, to say the least.

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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 – 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.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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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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