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2012 Jones vs. Evans UFC 145

UFC 145 came to Atlanta last week and I had a chance to shoot the fights! Good thing I brought my new 300mm 2.8 lens and 2x teleconverter.
They put me and a few other fellas at the top of the 100 section. It still was an awesome experience and I met some great photographers along the way.

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Here’s the view form my area.

I also attended the pre-fight press conference at Park Tavern. Jon and Rahsad seemed to both be very nice guys.
I think the hype leading up to the fight was more manufactured and fostered by the media. Just by watching their mannerisms… I don’t think they hated each other as much as they led on.
However, it did lead up to a great pre-fight hype and was an awesome event to attend.

The Press Conference

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Rashad Evans

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Jon Jones pokes fun at the media for hyping the fight making him look like the “bad guy.”

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The Weigh-In

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Joe Rogan introduces the fighters at the weigh-in.

 

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Jon Jones comes onto the stage at the weigh-in.

 

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Jones let’s out a primal scream as he weighs-in.

 

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Jones and Evans got face-to-face at the weigh-in.

The Fights

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Rory MacDonald (Blue White Trunks) is a beast!

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With all the pre-fight hype and hoopla… Evans and Jones finally got to fight in the octagon rather than in the press. They did now disappoint.

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I am new fan of Ben Rothwell. This guy refocused his training and got into great shape. It showed as he knocked out Brendan Shaub

 

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