It’s been a while since I’ve shot MMA due to a change in tack for me and the way in which I want to work, however I had arranged with Leo Alderman some time ago to shoot Lion Fighting Championships some time ago and true to my word I was looking forward to getting back up the ladder again.
I arrived in good time, met Leo and was pretty much left to myself before the event started. It was good to bump into the usual suspects and catch up before everything kicked off. Leo to his credit had changed what was essentially a sports hall into something really special, good lighting and seating and everything seemed to be very well organised from the off. A really good production.
The fights were all good, no mismatches and plenty went the distance or into the second round. The card was fifteen fights and ramped up throughout the evening starting with Juniors, some amateur, ladies and finally pro bouts . The crowd were ace, getting behind their friends and always respectful to each other, exactly what I would hope for and expect.
I would certainly recommend a visit to the next Lion Fighting Championships which will be held on December 14th, I have no doubt that it will be a great night of fights in a wonderful venue. Considering this was the first event that Leo had put on he did an amazing job.
Photographically the event was a little challenging, only two floodlights either side of the cage meaning that there was about two stops difference around the edges compared to the middle of the cage therefore i had to push the ISO up quite a bit. I dont often process images in black and white, but thought hat these came out well, I like the contrasty feel to them a lot.