Through the Lens: Fight Week

Fightland Blog

By Ryan Loco (words and photos)

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to document the training, travels, and lives of some of the best fighters in the world. They are generous with their time, and I repay them by putting all my effort into my photos of them. As Andre Kertesz once said, "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph."

With this photoblog, I hope to provide a glimpse into the lives of MMA fighters--backstage, behind the scenes, and beyond. I want to take you places not everyone gets to go.

Fight Week

Millions of people tune in on fight night to watch their favorite fighters inside the Octagon. However, there's a lot that goes during the week before the fighters enter the cage that most don't get to see. 

Frankie Edgar looks out over an empty Mandalay Bay Events Center 48 hours before his fight with Jose Aldo.

Backstage in Chicago before weigh-ins, Chael Sonnen talks to the "Best in the World," the WWE's CM Punk.

Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans warming up backstage.

A quick trip to the NBA on TNT set in Atlanta days before Rashad and Jon Jones square off. 

Reporter Ariel Helwani takes a break to check out Instagram.

Joe Rogan being interviewed after weigh-ins. 

Alistair gets his hands wrapped backstage.

Michael Johnson admires the food he can't have while walking the mall to cure his pre-weigh-in boredom. 

Check out these earlier installments of Through the Lens:

The Fighting Diplomacy of Roy Jones Jr. 

Renzo's Presence

The Transformation of Tyrone Spong