A week after the huge success of Liver-Aid and it was back to The Olympia but this time for the return of the cage fighting championship, OMMAC. Some nice lighting for the walk ons of each fighter was particularly pleasing for me to get some nice drama but this was nothing compared to the drama going on in the cage itself.
Some closely fought battles had the crowd on their feet on several occasions with blood, sweat and controversy in the mix during the night.
The main fight of the night saw Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick quickly see off Yvan Sorel from France, much to the delight of Lee’s supporters.
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It was a mammoth 20 fight and not far off 6 hour show last night at The Olympia but the crowd were treated to blood (quite a lot of it), sweat and a prayer from one of the fighters as he entered the ring.
This was being filmed for showing on Loaded TV next Friday so the lights were nice and bright and plenty of interviews and analysis was taking place in front of the cameras which should all help to add to the event when it goes out.
Some great fights – well done to Lee Chadwick for winning the British Middleweight Title fight, Andrew Fisher for his British Featherweight Title win and also thoughts for Shay Walsh who had his jaw broken in his fight with Andrew.
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Some work of mine has just appeared (and will also soon be shown) on TV including a sports documentary on an Irish MMA fighter, Cathal Pendred, for MTV UK last night and tonight brings the next in the OMMAC series which will be shown on Loaded TV.
Nice little afternoon session at The Olympia yesterday going through a portrait session with the guys as they did stills and then video interviews. The evening was then spent doing edits for the show and getting cutouts sorted out as part of the show profiles.
Here are some of the fighters portraits that didn’t make the final cut but good luck to all involved tonight and pics from the fights will be up tomorrow.
Great to be back at The Olympia with the cage fighting after a three month break and last night was an epic one finally finishing at 12.30 this morning.
I very nearly ran out of card space shooting all this and ended up with nearly 3000 pictures from the event so it’s been a long day doing the edit but really enjoyed the memories of the night.
There were some immense battles involving fighters including Brian Creighton, Uche Ihiekwe, Mike Wootten, Shay Walsh and Lee Chadwick but the headline fight between Chris Hoban and Tim Newman for the British Lightweight Title was the crowning fight of the night (and well done Tim for winning it too).
Aside from the fighting there was a very worthy charity event for Walking With Giants based in Liverpool and raised a good sum of money on the night.
Ace local mixed martial arts star, Paul Sass, is someone I’ve photographed on many occassions for magazines and the cage fighting at The Olympia and it was good to do more shots with him for Fighters Only magazine last year. A couple of years ago Paul got signed up for the UFC series and has been doing brilliantly in this.
These were done at the Kaobon gym in Wavertree and despite the packed surroundings (there was a full on gym session taking place whilst we did the shoot) we got the job done with the aid of some off camera flash to add some dramatic style.