This weekend I had my first experience of a UFC event. It was exciting from the off – hard work and long days but well worth it. I was shooting on behalf of MMAPLUS who looked after me very well.
We shot the weigh-in on Friday then the main event on the Saturday. The Globe Arena where UFC on Fuel TV 9 was held was massive – possibly the largest venue I have been in, let alone shot in.
Full set of UFC on Fuel TV 9 images can be found HERE
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One of the highlights for me was the uber confident Conor McGregor who had handbags with his opponent Marcus Brimage during the weigh-in. Striding into the ring and shadow boxing showing off his skills this promised to be an explosive fight. The crowd were not disappointed when Mcgregor won through KO in the first round. He was awarded KO of the night and was understandably overjoyed in the press conference after the fights, dressed in a tweed jacket and bow tie Conor couldn’t contain himself and was clearly overjoyed. The fighter was previously on welfare and after gainign the KO award was $60, 000 better off. What would he do with his winnings he was asked – “buy a nice car and some suits”.
All of the bouts were great, the highlight was seeing Brad Pickett get his win and Fight of The Night over Mike Easton, the fight went to the third round with a split decision (30-27×2, 28-29).
The main event was somewhat controversial after Gustafsson pulled out after receiving a cut to his eye earlier in the week. Local fighter Lafiti stepped up to the mark with only four days notice, cut weight and got in the ring to the loudest cheers of the night, the reserved Swedish crowd really getting behind their fighter. In the end Mousasi won with a masterclass in striking, controlling the centre of the cage dishing out jabs at will. From memory Mousasi only landed a handful of clean strikes throughout the three rounds.