Ryan Loco

Ryan Loco and I have seen a lot together. We've had the pleasure of traveling this fine country, and taking some cool footage of amazing places and amazing events. To say we've become de-sensitized to taking cool shots would be the wrong word and an insult to the fantastic things and people we get to experience every day. If anything, it means that when we do get excited, we're a part of something wonderful. Such was the case this past week, when Ryo Chonan told us that we could do a shoot with Shinya Aoki. Watch this to familiarize yourself with him.

Enjoy James Law's look at Shinya Aoki and Ryo Chonan.

And also, we will be auctioning off a signed Jaco Clothing 1 of 1 Japan hat, with all proceeds going towards the relief effort in Japan.

LINK TO AUCTION

Best of 2010 - MMA Culture Photos

This post was originally featured for Deftperception.com This year started with shooting local fights for fun to shooting cageside at the Ultimate Fighting Championships for Heavy MMA along side Esther Lin and Tracy Lee. These 2 have been shooting for a long time and have helped my growth enormously; going from looking at their pictures behind my desk to actually being there is quite a trip. My personal highlights include shooting my first UFC cageside and working with All Elbows for the KJ Noons Strikeforce promotion alongside E. Casey Leydon. I've always loved their work and being included on one of their projects was a true honor. Working along side Loco throughout this time has been one of the best experiences of my life.

We spent the beginning of the year photographing fighters from K1, including Mark "fightshark" Miller, Strikeforce fighter Conor Huen and WEC's Dominick Cruz. At the time, Dominick was preparing to battle Brian Bowles for the title. I also was able to shoot and work with Fabricio "Morongo" Camoes, who tapped me out for photos, which was a first.

I shot some various cage setup's with Vanguard MMA's Eric Lee. He builds and fabricates some of the best custom cages in the business including RVCA, Blackhouse, The Noguera Brothers Gym, Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center and others.

Enjoy the photos!

Photos by James Law

Dominick Cruz

Jason Mayhem Miller

KJ Noons

Conor Heun

Mark "Fightshark" Miller

Mark Doze

Morongo

Steamy Bro

Eric Lee of Vanguard MMA

Alex Soto of Undisputed Gym in San Diego

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UFC 118: Boston

I'm writing this blog post from the road in Boston hours before UFC 118. The team arrived in Boston Wednesday morning after a very long redeye flight from San Diego to Philly, and then Philly to Boston. UFC 118 - Check the pics.

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I've been all over recently and getting quite a bit of exposure being acontent partner with the UFC.com. I'm going to update you with several UFC and WEC galleries, including some of my Strikeforce shots from my first ever top tier MMA promotion cageside as well. I've been all over the map, literally....

James Places

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Here is Randy Couture looking very majestic.

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James Toney is fighting Randy Couture on 8.28.2010. Toney has been making outlandish and baseless claims that boxing is "better" than MMA and the UFC. It's very hard to get behind an opinion like that without an explanation of their perspective. To my knowledge, James Toney hasn't provided any real explanation as to why one is better than the other, and when asked about it, he gets very heated and produces a slur of unintelligible grunts and hoots. These retorts are what I believe to be his arguement. Point taken Mr. Toney.

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Here are a few shots from the weigh in events. A few of my fond ones.

BJ Penn expresses his own iconic Hawaiian salute.

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Trouble on the scale - Hey, it happens.

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Randy Couture tosses his hat to the crowd.

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Kenny Florian

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Gray Maynard

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Nate Diaz

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Gabe Ruediger comes in 1 pound lighter than his opponent, Joe Lauzon. Joe put together a mock video about Gabe's weight due to some issues during the Ultimate Fighter show, 4 years ago.

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Gabe made a cake the reads "Sorry for your loss".

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Finally, I'll leave you with a preview of an upcoming post where I follow Gabe Ruediger for his weight cut at UFC 118 where he cuts weight to 155 lbs.

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Bruce Buffer Poker Room Opening - Coming up Loco, in spades

IMG_1901 I almost named this blog, "I get my kick on Route 66", but that wouldn't make any sense. Other than the fact that I'm doing a very sweet karate kick in mid air.

Its been quite a while since I've done a blog post and I want to keep my ravenous 40 visitors per day in the loop. And to you, I vow a posting at LEAST once per week. I owe it to you. Hell, I owe it to myself.

Let's get in gear.

Location: Las Vegas.

Duration: Seven days.

While in Las Vegas for UFC 116 with the Heavy.com crew, we had a break in the action to attend the Bruce Buffer Poker room opening at the MGM. The folks at MGM put together an amazing room for the well known UFC announcer, Bruce Buffer. What he is also known for is being a winning poker player, so much so that he has been invited to various high level poker tournaments and done quite well. Poker News arranged our media coverage and our day began.

A fair warning: I've never played a single hand of Poker, and I was knocked out quickly - I didn't find that to be a big surprise, but what I did find to be amusing (much later) was that I took it very personally when I was bluffed and raised by some other player, only to find out that his cards were worse than mine.Upon the turning of the cards, I actually learned something - NEVER act like you don't know what you're doing. Sure, you have to stay humble, but by all means, don't "show your cards" before their turned over.

So as I got knocked out, Ryan Loco advanced... all the way to the final table. And knocked out Bruce Buffer himself.... and then went on to beat a semi professional poker player for the victory, or what ever its called when one wins a poker tournament.

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I want to post all my UFC and Strikeforce pics from the last 3 weeks, but I need to clear it first.

Until then... It's good to be back in the saddle.

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