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Amateur photos from Total Mayhem III in Vancouver

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What's up guys, I went to my first live amateur MMA fights last night and snapped some pics. Have a look if you want, if only for the ring girls. There's about 30 of them. This was a Gerry Gionco promotion, who is kind of the big deal here in Vancouver. It had boxing, kickboxing, and MMA.

I only came to cover the amateur debut of a local guy from the community. As some of you know I'm a news reporter and I'd written a story about him last year. You can check it out here. Anyway, he has his own MMA Academy in Tsawwassen so I came to shoot pics and see what happened.

First of all, although I shoot professionally for my newspaper, I am NOT a sports photographer. Don't tell me my pictures are shit because I know they are. The lighting was pretty bad in there and even with an ISO around 4500 or 6400 I couldn't run a shutter speed faster than 200-300. Also, I didn't bring my flash because I didn't think it would be so dark. Live and learn. ALSO, I didn't bring any lens faster than f2.8 and that was on my 14-24mm wide-angle. And FINALLY I wasn't able to shoot close up to the ring, so my pics are obstructed by rings.

Right-click and open in a new window for higher res images.

1. The ring at Fraserview Hall in Vancouver

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2. This was Tommy Tsi from Surrey, B.C. entering the ring for a boxing match.

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3. Tsi was fighting Buven Brar, also from Surrey.

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4. Like I said, slow shutter speed. Anyway, Tsi handled pretty well.

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5. Tsi by UD. And to the spoils go... dat ass.

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6. Daniel Richard from Vancouver for a lightweight MMA fight. Dude looked impressive just entering the ring.

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7. Tyler Lepper from Surrey.

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8. Lepper was decent but Richard had the takedowns all night.

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9. Shooting the takedown. By the way, I think the reason the photos are overexposed on the fighters is a combination of the actual lighting conditions and the fact I should have used single-point exposure on the camera. Forgot to change it. Live and learn.

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10. Pretty sweet armbar attempt. I think Richard picked him up and dropped him to escape.

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11. Gotta keep people entertained

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12. I think I gotta go to the bathroom for a minute

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13. Sometimes missing the focus and hitting the ropes actually works better.

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14. Mmm hmm

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15. This kid reminded me of Jim Miller

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16. Jr. Cuevas from Surrey for a featherweight fight

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17. Dude was pretty good, he destroyed quickly

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18. The hostess has the biggest fake cans you've ever seen. Just wait.

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19. By the time I changed my lens after these pre-fight shots, the fight was over

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20. Gratuitous ass shot

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21. The dude on top looked good early here, but he lost. Gets suplexed later, but too much motion blur to post the pic.

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22. I saw him in the parking lot later, his face was pretty busted up

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23. You know what, I had the fight card but I've completely mixed up which corner was which. And you don't care anyway.

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24. I think he won in under 20 seconds.

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25. I was stuck back here with the ring girls all night. Pity me.

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26. And the winner is... dat ass

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27. I think this might be my one photo that didn't suck.

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28. This was my guy, Andrew Davis, middleweight

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29. This was pretty much the whole fight: leg kick, off balance, takedown, mount, rear naked choke. The end.

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30. Ruh roh

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31. That's deep, Mike

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32. That's a wrap.

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That was actually only the 7th fights. I left after and missed the better fights but whatever.

Anyway, if I ever go again I'll go with a very fast lens, something like a 50mm f1.8 should work.

Thanks for spending five minutes of your life you'll never get back looking at pictures of guys who will never be in the UFC.

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