MCC 46 saw fights that were a mixed bag - the fastest K.O. in MCC history (four seconds), three fights that were decided by the judges (two fights by unanimous decision and one by split decision), and several fights which seemed to be over, only for the would-be loser to come storming back to win.
The most impressive fights definitely came from the last category. The first of these fights was between Donte Harris and Levi Thompson. Harris came out swinging and used his length advantage to reach Thompson early in the first round. Thompson seemed to be out of the fight as Harris delivered a series of punishing blows, but rebounded halfway through the second round and gained the advantage during the third round. He was declared the winner, in a split decision, by the judges.
The second of these fights was fought in the welterweight division between Jon Kennedy and Donovan Carbonney. To say that Carbonney had the upper hand early in the fight would be an understatement. Carbonney repeatedly took Kennedy to the ground in the first round; after a series of punches that left Kennedy struggling to keep control of his faculties. However, the second round saw a reversal of fortunes. Kennedy delivered the first punch of the round and things seemed to go downhill for Carbonney after that. The fight shifted to the ground and after a wild struggle, Kennedy was able to get Carbonney to submit through a triangle choke.
It would be appropriate that the last fight of the night would help cap off the tension created by the rest of the fights. Demi Deeds faced off against Johnny Case in an attempt to take the lightweight championship belt away from Case. Both men traded blows early in the fight, with Deeds taking an edge towards the end of the first round and at the start of the second. After exchanging a series of blows at the start of the second round, during which a kick from Deeds left Case wobbling, the fighters took a quick break as Case's mouthpiece was retrieved. Case gained the upper hand after this stoppage and delivered a barrage that ended with Deeds on the ground and referee Thomas Mastin stopping the fight.
Chris "Mad Dog" Mickle (right) is surprised after defeating Will Shutt via an armbar. Shutt seemed to have the upper hand during the early part of the fight, before eventually submitting to Mickle's armbar.
There was a theme to MCC 45 - fast fights with spectacular endings. On a night that might have been dulled by the no-show by the title-holder in the main event, most of the fights didn't last past the first minutes of the the first round and all ended with convincing total knockouts or submissions.
Two of the most convincing wins came from Roy Moore and Demi Deeds. Moore, who won the first night of the fight, and Deeds, who won the last fight of the night, allowed their opponents a few seconds of offensive from their opponents before decisively and ruthlessly shutting them down. Moore defeated Jim Finney through a total knockout and Deeds defeated Gustavo Rodriguez through an armbar.
The Saldana brothers, Felipe and Luis, also represented themselves well. Luis, who only recently turned 21, came out firing and forced Nic Cox to verbally submit.
Look at more pictures after the jump. You can see more images, in a bigger size, here.
I was looking through some old files to make space on my computer. As a starting photographer, I made a lot of frames. And though I have gotten much, much better at shooting lighter, my computer is still filled with lots of frames from past events.
Lots of files got junked today, but these two have made the cut, for now, because I love the emotion on the faces of the wrestlers.
I finally got a chance to shoot football after a three year hiatus when the folks over at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, agreed to let me on the sidelines for a few of their games.
The first of these games was Drake (Bulldogs) versus Marist (Red Foxes). The Red Foxes, out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., led for most of the game, but the Bulldogs pulled off some late game heroics to push the game into overtime. During overtime, the Bulldogs scored on their possession and then sacked the quarterback of the Foxes, twice, to win the game. By the end of the game, the Bulldogs had scored the final 31 points of the game.
Drake University (34) vs. Marist College (27)
October 20, 2012
Des Moines, IA
Despite having spent close to a decade in the Midwest, I had never attended a rodeo of any sort. So, when I discovered the Dayton Wranglers Youth Rodeo, in Dayton, Iowa, I jumped at the chance to go make frames at their competition.
The youth, ranging from 13-18, compete in a variety of events that range from navigating a series of poles to attempting ride atop an ornery bull for a predetermined amount of time.
It is impressive to see these kids attempt activities attempt that I would not, even on my bravest day.
Overall, I just left the daylong event reminded that the rural nature of Iowa extends beyond cornfields and the soybeans that most people associate with the state. There are things to see and do here that will expand anybody's cultural horizons.