("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.)