Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to shoot a day of activity with Chris Weidman, the UFC Middleweight World Champion. He conducted a training seminar in NYC for aspiring mixed martial artists. It was all part of a promotional event for a great cause, the LIVE TO FIGHT non-profit organization that helps people with cancer and other life-threatening ailments.
The MMA community is tight-knit and caring for their own, and this was just another example of how they demonstrate their willingness to help each other, by supporting the organization devoted to the well-being of their friends and teammates.
It was a whirlwind weekend of activity marked by the energetic guidance of noted MMA producer/director Bobby Razak, who has made more MMA themed films than anybody. And another star of the shoot was the awesome package from Birns & Sawyer consisting of the Sony F-55 camera shooting in 4k and overcranking in 2K. The Fujinon Cabrio 19-90 zoom, with the longest range of any lightweight zoom, is what it took to capture the lightning-fast sparring and training activities in startling detail.