A Hollywood Animator's Take on MMA

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By Stretch Thompson

Caio Magalhaes attempts a guillotine choke against Karlos Vemola.

Drawing and painting have always been an outlet I've used when expressing things that captivate and interest me. Fighting and martial arts especially influenced what I've drawn for as long as I can remember. When creating these paintings, I'm looking to draw from the excitement of the fights or fighters, and characterize them as I see them. My personal interest in watching fights lies in the spontaneity of themat any moment anything can happen. So I try to keep my interpretations of the fighters as loose as possible, working through any accidents or mistakes, and working them into the final painting.

UFC light heavy weight champion Jon Jones.

Joe Lauzon taps Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17.

UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.

Anderson Silva finishes James Irvin with strikes back in 2008.

Former Heavyweight champion Minatauro Nogueria.

Stretch Thompson is from Toronto, Canada, and is currently living in Los Angeles, working in the animation industry as a designer, and visual development artist. See more of his work on his website.

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