Monday, November 22, 2010

PFC 4 Blackman MMA Harrisburg PA

This is a week overdue. I had gotten the photographs ready for the blog, and then fell ill. I was pretty sick for a few days, then I started feeling better on Wednesday. Well Wednesday night, I became even worse. Even today, I am not up to par yet.

However, I can write something about the last MMA event I photographed.

To sum it up in one word, Excellent. I don't know if you guys know who Steve Blackman is. He's a former WWF/E superstar, and an impressive mountain of a human being. He is now an MMA promoter and has some excellent shows.

Yours truly was lucky enough to be at one of his events, at the Zembo temple in Harrisburg PA. Being a Shriner, it was also cool to get to see another temple so it was an added bonus.

The night was original slated for 8 pro fights, but 2 fighters backed out on their opponents, so it was a night of 6 pro fights, and 7 amateur fights. It was a damn good night of fights. Every single person on the card fought their asses off.

A few other things I can say about the promotion is that Steve has his shit together. He runs a tight ship. The people that work for him listen, and they listen well. His promotion shows it too. The fans weren't restless. They were entertained for hours.

I also made it out of the event after photographing it for the evening, in time to make it to a local sports bar and walk in RIGHT AS BJ Penn started fighting. Good thing I made it when I did! That fight didn't last long!

Until next time,

CPWC9 photos

A little late, but I'm getting ready to type up the blog for the most recent show I photographed, so I figured I'd better get these up quickly! :)

Full gallery is located here,

My write-ups, as usual with photo highlights appear on


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Central PA Warrior Challenge 9

Hello everyone! It's been two weeks since our last update. Been working on a lot of behind the scenes stuff that will come to light before too long! Stay posted for that.

On Friday Novemeber 12th, Mark Jovich had the 9th installment of the Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge in York PA. A beautiful day to drive down and see some of the good ol' Pennsylvania turnpike (I don't feel like I get 15 dollars worth of value from the Turnpike when I use it, however...I'm lazy! So I guess I have to pay to play :( )

The downside with turnpike receipts is they are printed on this crappy paper with ink that must eat right through the paper as soon as it's printed. I keep them for my taxes, and I have receipts that are just a few weeks old that look like they are from the prehistoric peroid of mankind.

Enough of that nonsense :) The fight card was stacked with both pro and amateur talent. 16 fights in all.

The photographs from the night can be seen here,

There are watermarks on the images and download protection for a reason, it means they aren't free to take. I hate to stress this, but there's been a lot of trouble lately with people feeling entitled to my work (and the work of other people too).

As with a lot of the MMA coverage, I've written a quick results, a photo highlights, and also a small article for mid atlantic combat sports. I need to stress that EVERYTHING that is sent in to ANY media station is edited. This is MOSTLY good. See, it keeps the writer from looking like a complete fool for making terrible errors. One of the things I do A LOT is...

"In a welterweight bout, Dane Cook FACED off against Dennis Leary. The action STARTS early with Dennis pounding Dane's eyes shut. Dane REBOUNDED and FLEW off of the top rope".

See, past and present tense in the same sentence. Now my editor will tell you...I am getting better with it! It's a process. I make no claim to being a professional writer.

The reason I bring this up though, is sometimes folks read an article that I wrote and was edited. They don't realize that it was edited by someone who WASN'T the writer, and wonder why perhaps their bout was left out. Sorry if this has happened to you. When asked about it the answer I'm provided with is that there's space constraints, and that they are looking mainly for "highlights". I can appreciate their position. Afterall someone said that searching for a youtube video worth watching is like panning for gold in a river of shit, or picking to drown in pee or drown in water...

No one wants to wade through tons of dross to look for a few sentences worth reading. So I can appreciate both sides and just wanted to get that information out there. Please don't be angry with me, OR the publications. This is just the nature of the beast.

Here are the links on matcombat's site
Quick results

Photo highlights

Write up

So Friday turned out to be a damn exciting night of fights...but of considerable note worth mention...Noe Quintanilla. A seasoned professional fighter with a ton of fights. Friday was the first time his wife seen him in a pro bout! Another fellow Rumsey, it was his 21st fight on his 21st birthday.

The main event fight winner proposed to his girlfriend in the cage! Congratulations to both!

(EDIT! I've got an upload tying up all of my bandwitdh. I'll get some photos in this blog tomorrow! Thanks!)