Photographs by Kevin Lynch
Introduction by Lorenzo Fertitta
Foreword by David Mamet
Essay by Dave Hickey
Afterword by Dana White
Photography / Monograph / Mixed Martial Arts
20.5 x 26 inches, 400 pages including an eight page gatefold,
over 800 four-color and black-and-white images. Clothbound hardcover book nested in a handmade leatherbound clamshell box.
Imagine entering a fight with only your limbs and your wits to defend yourself for fifteen to twenty-five minutes against an athlete as well-trained and determined as you are. Could you do it? Enter the mind of a UFC® fighter.
The highly skilled athletes that compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s® world famous Octagon™ are Mixed Martial Arts experts highly skilled in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, judo, karate, and jiu-jitsu among other combat disciplines. With jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring displays of sheer will and fortitude, these truly are the world’s ultimate athletes.
Dating back to the original Olympic games in one form or another, Mixed Martial Arts is the most dynamic combat sport in the world and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is at its pinnacle. A pay-per-view juggernaut and cable television staple, the UFC® regularly sells out 19,000-seat arenas and sets attendance and gate records. The UFC® has taken the world by storm. It’s also the place where the question is answered: who are the world’s best fighters?
Handmade in Italy by the world’s most experienced craftsmen, this collector’s edition of Octagon is unrivaled in quality and presentation. Bound in pristine leather and printed with specialty inks on the finest Italian-made art paper and natural cloth, Octagon showcases the work of photographer Kevin Lynch as well as the stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® events in highly detailed and artfully rendered portraits—moments before going into battle and moments after the fight has ended. In these larger-than-life photographs Lynch captures the confidence, fear, and passion in the eyes of key UFC® athletes including Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Rich Franklin, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, and Ken Shamrock, among others.
Kevin Lynch is internationally recognized for his growing portfolio of conceptual portraiture. At turns graphic, glamorous, and graceful, Lynch’s celebrity, fashion, advertising, and fine art images have appeared in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States. Lynch resides in Studio City, California.
Dave Hickey is a freelance writer of fiction and cultural criticism. He has written for most major American cultural publications, including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Hickey has written many books and numerous exhibition catalogues on artists including Richard Serra, Robert Gober, Edward Ruscha, and Gerhard Richter.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC® organization produces approximately twelve to fourteen live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, on MAIN EVENT in Australia, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com.
Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa™, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.