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From the BXP photo archive: Ring of Combat 3, June 2003

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True story: Roughly of a decade ago, I took an admittedly thin—I would have said “growing”—portfolio of Thai boxing and mixed martial arts photos to Sports Illustrated. A photo editor gave me a few polite minutes and then rendered his verdict: This does not fly for SI. This MMA stuff is too violent, he told me. It’ll never catch on in the U.S.

Mixed martial arts bout between James Gabert and Joe Rodriguez, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 9, 2003

Mixed martial arts bout between James Gabert (top) and Jose Rodriguez, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 7, 2003

I shot Ring of Combat 3 on old-fashioned negative film, hence the funky, retro colors.

Mixed martial arts bout between Tom Muller and Erik Certo, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 7, 2003

Mixed martial arts bout between Tom Muller and Erik Certo, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 7, 2003

Grappling bout between Chris DiPaolo and Mike Wojcik, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 7, 2003

Grappling bout between Chris DiPaolo and Mike Wojcik, Ring of Combat 3, Morristown, NJ, June 7, 2003

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