Thursday, April 26, 2012

Time and Place: UFC violence and intimacy

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

In a brutal UFC fight Che Mills got beaten badly by Rory MacDonald last Saturday at Phillips Arena.
  • Joeff Davis
  • In a brutal UFC fight Che Mills got beaten badly by Rory MacDonald last Saturday at Philips Arena.

This week's Time and Place photo was shot at 11:33 p.m., April 21, 2012, during the Ultimate Fighting Championship fights at Philips Arena. I was allowed to photograph from the closest possible proximity to the matches. My elbows actually rested on the "Octagon," the UFC's name for the fenced-in ring where gladiators battle. From that perspective I got an insane view of the sport's brutality and the rise in the audience as the violence climaxed. I was struck by the intensity of the pain that fighters experienced — but also by the intimacy between them. I chose this photo for the print edition's Time and Place section because I felt it captured both of those realities.

Check out a gallery of my images from the fights. And check out a video we made during the UFC workouts in which fighters talk with me about God, the Roman Empire, and what they eat for breakfast.

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