As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from “UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida”.
6. Do Something, Bro.
Clay Guida’s performance in the main event of UFC on FX 4 against Gray Maynard has come under heavy scrutiny since the moment the fight ended. Guida’s strategy of employing a ridiculous amount of movement to avoid the heavy hands of Maynard was far from crowd-pleasing. It even got to the point where referee Dan Miragliotta threatened to take a point away from the lightweight fighter for timidity in the fifth round. Guida said after the fight that he was happy with how he performed, which makes the confusion on his face when Miragliotta warned him all the more understandable. It seems “The Carpenter” is the only one out there who wasn’t upset with how the fight played out.
5. Dan Miller’s Celebration
New Jersey native Dan Miller was overcome by emotions following his second-round submission of Ricardo Funch on the preliminary portion of last Friday’s fight card. After losing five of his last seven bouts prior to UFC on FX 4, Miller was in desperate need of a victory, he got that victory in resounding fashion in his UFC welterweight debut. After dealing with a number of personal hardships in the last few months, Miller’s moment of happiness following the victory was uplifting and although he may not be the best fighter out there, Miller’s heart and passion can never be questioned.
4. “The Hairrow”
The top piece of chest-hair artwork in mixed martial arts returned to the octagon at UFC on FX 4 as Brian Ebersole’s ‘hairrow’ was on full display and more glorious than ever. Ebersole’s body hair was thicker than his prior showcases of ‘the hairrow’, which makes you wonder what kind of body-hair growing techniques the 30-year-old is utilizing. Mesmorizing stuff. Oh yeah, Ebersole also won his fight against TJ Waldburger by unanimous decision. But whatever, that’s clearly not what’s important here.
3. TJ Waldburger’s Face-Smasher
Although he lost a hard fought decision to Brian Ebersole, welterweight submission specialist TJ Waldburger surprised his much more experienced foe with some solid striking skills in the stand-up department. Waldburger actually managed to drop Ebersole with a left hand in the first minute of the opening round. Waldburger landed a few more nice punches over the course of the fight, including the straight right pictured below, however it wasn’t enough to take the decision.
2. Cub Swanson Lights Up Ross Pearson
The striking ability of Cub Swanson was as crisp and precise as ever at UFC on FX 4. The Greg Jackson-trained fighter picked apart Ross Pearson en route to a second-round TKO victory. Swanson’s kickboxing was as good, if not better than it’s ever been as he clobbered Pearson’s face over and over until the finish came. It is a risky decision for any fighter to stand with Swanson, and Pearson paid the ultimate price for his decision to do so.
1. Blood and Cuts
Everyone is just going to ignore the fact that this post includes eight pictures and opposed to the advertised six and grab a puke-bucket for the cringeworthy snapshots below. Middleweight Nick Catone and featherweight Joe Gambino both suffered gruesome cuts in their losing efforts against their respective opponents at UFC on FX 4. Both cuts were caused by knees to the head and were opened in roughly the same position, however Catone’s was much more graphic as blood poured instantaneously after it was opened, perhaps due to the slight angle above the eyebrow. Which cut is worse? Is that an argument that really needs to be had? Probably. Lets hear it in the comments below.
Mike Bohn, founder and lead writer of FightCove.com, wrote this article. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @FightCoveMike. Also, follow @FightCove on Twitter and “Like” Fight Cove on Facebook.