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Exclusive Photos of Yesterday’s UFC 119 Pre-Fight Press Conference


("You want the winner of Koscheck-GSP?")

Here’s another story that illustrates why the Potato Nation is awesome.

Jason Wright (or J-Dog as he is known around these parts) contacted us about a month ago to see if we needed a photographer to cover UFC 119 for us. Since CagePotato had never been credentialed, we figured with the success of our UFC Fan Expo booth (which was due largely to the help of CP’ers ReX13 and Viva Hate) now is as good a time as any to apply.


We sent in a request to the UFC’s PR department and received a credential application to fill out.

About a week or so later, we received notice that our request had been denied because the demand had been so great that a number of outlets had to be turned away.

It was disappointing, but it happens so we didn’t lose sleep worrying about it.

Long story short, Jason, who is a local professional photographer who has shot a number of local MMA events in Indianapolis, went to the press conference yesterday to get a few shots and to meet some UFC fighters and ran into UFC president Dana White and got a photo with him. While they were shooting the shit, J-Dog recounted CP’s failed attempt at getting him a photographer’s credential. When he pointed out that we were the guys he shouted out in his video blog for the book of Photoshops we did up for him, Dana said, "Yeah, I know CagePotato," called over his director of PR and said, "Get this guy a media pass."

So now J-Dog will be covering the event for us and will be getting us some ridiculous (in a good way) photos from today’s weigh-ins and tomorrow’s festivities.

Be sure to give him a CP salute for his efforts.

Check out more of his great shots from Wednesday’s presser after the jump.


(Mirko removed his shades and the room uttered a collective, ‘Holy shit. Look at his eye!’)


("Can’t we just look at the camera? I don’t want to look at that eye.")


(Mirko said the eye looks much worse than it is because he had been watching "The Notebook" before the presser.)


(I got your nose.)
 
(What? They signed Barnett? Well, Strikeforce is officially fucked.)

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J-Dog- September 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm
So all you Potatoheads look for me @ the cage entrance while you're watching the fights. I have Weezer glasses like new dad.
J-Dog- September 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm
I'll be in a CP shirt for sure. It will be mostly covered by my photo vest though. If you are at the fight and you spot me, give me a shout!!

I will try not to disappoint with the photos. I'm told I'm in an "obstructed view" location though, by the cage door. I guess the premium spots go to the more important people....
thebusinessman- September 24, 2010 at 11:37 am
The is the best fuckin news I have had all day!!!

CP and its followers are now legit!!!

J-Dog - Get the fuckin money shots and don't disappoint.

jericmiller - you fuckin moron! work on your nickname, your english and your lame ass comments.
mikesite- September 24, 2010 at 10:54 am
unfortunatly J-dog you have now been identified. So now the man whos hair you made a few comments on John Danahar, knows your name. For everyone who truely knows professor, you'll agree when i say, that im sorry j-dog but now its just a matter of time. check you closet before you go to bed at night. the good news is, you wont hear, or feel a thing. great guy. i just dont know if thats the man i would choose to kid with hahaha
cecils_pupils- September 24, 2010 at 10:33 am
J-DOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGG!!!









Fuck Yeah!
MoTropolis- September 24, 2010 at 10:20 am
Also, I dont believe Fedor would run thru the UFC's HW division.

Edit: well, maybe in a game of red rover.
BryanF- September 24, 2010 at 10:18 am
Atta Boy J-Dog!!! Get us a sweet pic of Arianny's ass for us! Never forget where you come from! Never!
MoTropolis- September 24, 2010 at 9:55 am
Rex13years ago was funny as hell.

@Jimbo

I understand the difference between the two, and actually addressed the financial aspects if you read my entire post. My point is that DW gives many reasons why Fedor isnt fighting in the UFC and its my opinion that the only real reason is the one he is NOT saying, which is he is worried Fedor would have a short, dominant run and then bail, leaving the UFC's HW division looking less credible and have to hear M1's shit about how their one fighter ran thru the UFC's best. Remember, this is just my opinion, and my bad about the run on sentence.
Biffmiester- September 24, 2010 at 9:50 am
Much respect to J-Dog for the pix.

Poor Mirko and that pink eye. Well, no worries. Just dabble some topical cream on there and that'll clear that sucka up in no time, mmmkay.
RwilsonR- September 24, 2010 at 9:37 am
@ J-Dog - Fucking bad ass, brotha!!! Great job, and way to get CP some recognition with the big man.

@ jericmiller - Stop coming back. There will be no resurgence. There is no reason for you to return... ever.

@ doowm - yes, it is only Dana's ego keeping it from happening. It has nothing to do with sound business sense at all. It is almost like he is putting his company and its interests ahead of our whims. That asshole!

And fucking fantastic captions on these pics - "I got your nose" - just great!



intercept440- September 24, 2010 at 9:35 am
Kudos to the J-dog

Thats how we roll bitches. if at first you dont succeed. call out the nation , and then proceed!!!

wow..... thats kinds catchy...

@fbf actually i think Mirko might have been watching GSP clown Kockstack with his fake pick list from TUF, and was laughing so hard, he broke a vessel in his eye
rampagejaxson- September 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
FUCKING AWESOME!!!! congrats J-dog!!! all HAIL the Nation!
ReX13- September 24, 2010 at 9:21 am
DAN THE VIKING Says:

"Dude? Big ups? Playa? You should be Rex13Yearsago."



I'll keep this in mind next time i need a by-line nickname.
Crap Factory- September 24, 2010 at 9:21 am
Way to go!! I'd like to toss my name in the hat for the next time the UFC comes to Boston. I'm a hobby photographer but have the opportunity to take time off from work and such when ever I want.
GILL-uh-TEEN- September 24, 2010 at 9:19 am
J-Dog: wear a CP shirt and walk around taking polariods or winding disposable cameras... especially the underwater ones.
Shaky- September 24, 2010 at 9:16 am
Salute!! Is that how I do it? Just say salute?...Or write *salutes*? How do I say it is for J-Dog? I guess a salute is usually something you physically do in someone's face....Nonetheless, nice photos J-Dog!! Real nice. Also nice that Dana White is like "he's with me-ing" CP. So salute to the nation. Man, I can't wait till you guys get real credentials and shit, then the nation will be unstoppable.

@jericmiller

Dude, stfu. You don't have to come back. The writing here is still dope. MRuss is dope and is getting doper by the second. Chad Dundas is money. Ben G is the godfather (wanted to say dope...don't really know many "cool" adjectives) and Rex and Viva and any other commenter who contributes is cool with me. Let's be honest, how many MMA sites are humble enough to give their readers a say, even if it is only a couple of them. To conclude, jericmiller, once again, stfu or gtfo.
agentsmith- September 24, 2010 at 9:16 am
@ Mike Russell:

My only critique of the Bum Rush is that you should, I dunno, say "I dunno" somewhat less, you know?
2DaDeath- September 24, 2010 at 9:15 am
Great job J-Dog! Keep it up!

Keep it up, so that one day you become familiar enough to be shit on in the comments section. Actually, i'll go ahead and start now. What's with the 6 pictures from your camera phone? First!
jimbonics- September 24, 2010 at 9:13 am
In regards to the video game v. M1 thing.

Microsoft is paying the UFC money to show their game.

The UFC would have to pay M1 to show their name.

Big difference people.
Videodrome_NOW- September 24, 2010 at 9:07 am
@ the Viking

Do you know who Rex is? He's this guy(hxxp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gollum),
So he can say whatever he wants, however he wants, even if it's as gay as Playa.
Douchey McDoucherton- September 24, 2010 at 9:05 am
so let me get this straight.....by saying you're a CP Warrior or dropping the CP Bomb, you can get just about anything in the MMA world, except getting laid?....unless ofcourse you run into a drunk Tracy Lee at the after parties.
jimbonics- September 24, 2010 at 9:03 am
Good shit J-Dog!
DAN THE VIKING- September 24, 2010 at 9:02 am
\m/ J-Dog \m/
fatbellyfrank- September 24, 2010 at 9:02 am
@ friedtaco, not me bro, I'm stickin with the beastiality
DAN THE VIKING- September 24, 2010 at 9:00 am
Dude? Big ups? Playa? You should be Rex13Yearsago.
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