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Every weeknight I sit down wondering if what strange and juicy morsel the stew of MMA has had simmering under the surface for me, and seemingly every weeknight I am not disappointed. But tonight’s story, while somehow not unprecedented — there is a whole genre of weird artists depicting equally weird MMA fighters, sometimes with a weird relationship between them; it isn’t even the first sculpture made of McGregor himself — still managed to raise my eyebrows a little.
Amazing hyperrealistic sculpture worth £50,000, which celebrated artist Aspencrow has made for @UFC legend @TheNotoriousMMA McGregor, to celebrate his 30th birthday this Saturday 14 July. It will be unveiled at London, Mayfair’s prestigious JD Malat Gallery. pic.twitter.com/zccVftOu4A— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) July 9, 2018
See, originally I thought, that’s just what you do on your 30th birthday if you are one Conor McGregor; you commission a 50,000 pound sterling sculpture of your visage by a famous artist. Hey, it’s no crazier than anything else McGregor has done, or anything else very rich people do for that matter.
But this statue wasn’t commissioned by McGregor at all. The artist, Edgar Askelovic, also known as Aspencrow, just... made it as a gift. According to the BBC via MMAJunkie.com:
“It is an honour Conor has accepted this as a gift from me,” said the Vilnius-born, Birmingham-based artist.
”He is a phenomenon of our time - not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary.”
That’s not even the strangest part. But before we get to that, Aspencrow wants us all to know this is very normal. And there is, as I have said, precedent, with athletes like Mark Hunt and Israel Adesanya, among others, serving as muses for artists and fashion designers. But the thing is... he hasn’t ever met McGregor.
“I think he’s a phenomenon,” he went on. “It’s normal that someone decided to immortalise him in this way.”
Aspencrow admitted he had neither met nor spoken to McGregor directly, communicating instead via one of the fighter’s friends.
”That’s how I got the information that he knows about the sculpture, and that he accepts it,” he told the BBC.
So McGregor accepts the gift. It’s not clear whether he accepts how Aspencrow feels about him.
“It’s up to you what you see in it,” said the artist. “You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person.
(Just a person, thank you)
”I like Conor McGregor - he’s a great guy,” Aspencrow continued. “I feel he’s my soulmate.
”Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.”
I’m glad Aspencrow has some perspective here. That is important between soulmates.
The only other simultaneous two division champion in UFC history, Daniel Cormier, is also sculpted from marble
This is actually pretty cool
This very long video examines footage of Bruce Lee TKOing a karate guy with what could really either be a body shot or a nut shot. It seems a little silly now but that’s where the martial arts/combat sports world was at the time.
UFC 226 prelims did not knock it out of the park, which is a shame because they were pretty awesome, especially Urijah Hall vs. Paulo Costa.
#UFC226 prelims averaged 668k viewers.— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) July 10, 2018
The other 2018 #UFC PPV prelims pic.twitter.com/r0dQHepEzW
It will never stop being odd to me seeing humans who play basketball just built to an entirely different scale than normal UFC athletes like Donald Cerrone
.@Cowboycerrone @blakegriffin23 @UFCPI pic.twitter.com/2oeuYBifJj— Gavin Porter (@PorterUFCnews) July 10, 2018
Anthony Pettis, fresh off his 350,000 dollar win, is already back in the gym.
This is some seriously cringe-worthy trash talk from Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya.
Relax the last gender bender Adesanya. I wanna wreck you in your home country . I’ll see you early next year @danawhite @stylebender— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 10, 2018
Can everyone just MMA a little less hard, please... pic.twitter.com/QJYCAs4nSp— Zane Simon (@TheZaneSimon) July 11, 2018
Mike Perry still can’t get any respect from the people that matter most in life — lazy river pool managers.
Mgm lazy river pool wouldn’t let me pay to go in because I had basketball shorts on. Fought for my life. Still can’t get no respect— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) July 9, 2018
Carlos Condit sparring with Siyar Bahadurzada
It seems a lot of MMA meme pages on Instagram are getting shut down by copyright claims.
Urijah Faber enjoyed this video of a guy biting off more than he could chew
Poor Darren Elkins. No respect.
Darren Elkins is on a 6 fight win streak and stuck in prelim limbo (prelimbo™, coining that). Himself and Volkanovski (4 fight win streak) can't even headline the prelims. He's higher ranked that the other four FWs on the main card. The Damage is being done dirty. #UFCBoise pic.twitter.com/8xhhfAGwVW— Keith Ó Gealbháin (@KeithGalvin) July 10, 2018
- It’s pretty messed up that Brian Ortega, who lost a championship fight through no fault of his own, isn’t getting a penny (yet) from the UFC for showing up to do his job. Hopefully he can iron things out after White seemed pissed he (intelligently) wouldn’t accept a last minute replacement in the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens because he’s not a yes man.
- I am 100% on board for Yoel Romero vs. Daniel Cormier at light heavyweight. Let’s have fun. Dad bod vs. impossible bod, Olympian vs. Olympic silver medalist.
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The Tuesday night contender series got a little wild tonight
How did Riley Dutro survive this combo from Espinosa? pic.twitter.com/8jd6Faw11N— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) July 11, 2018
Classic southpaw combination
What a combination
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Mike Perry vs. Paul Felder is a fight I need to rewatch ASAP.
Day3 makushita. Both Enho (R) and Hakuyozan have 1 juryo appearance and are now fighting at top of makushita to get back in. Good bout too, it’s Enho so.. #sumolingo #julybasho pic.twitter.com/bKNIQWKvDf— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) July 10, 2018
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