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MMA Artwork that Doesn’t Suck

(BJ painting a masterpiece in his preferred medium)

Looking around at the walls of my office, I’m reminded of a cold, hard reality: Most MMA artwork sucks.

That’s why I’m staring right now at a few framed MMA magazine covers and some vintage boxing posters, but no drawings or paintings of anything MMA-related. There just isn’t a hell of a lot cool stuff out there.

Sure there are exceptions.

Guys like Evan Shoman, who is so good that he gets accused of tracing almost as much as he gets props for his work, defy the usual convention. His work is top notch, especially when compared to the norm — artists like this guy and his gallery of manlove (his words, not mine).

Myself, I’m more into quirky art and prefer offbeat, non-traditional pieces, so when I stumbled upon this guy’s blog and saw his work, I was really impressed.

(Seriously, Fedor as Winnie the Pooh? How the hell did I not think of that?)

Normally I’m not a fan of caricatures, but this artist, Michael Myers (if that’s even his real name) does some pretty fantastic things, combining ink, watercolor and offbeat Japanese creativity, making his pieces a lot less "mall kiosk" and a lot more awesome.

Here are a few more that stood out:

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fatbellyfrank- July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Asterix and Obelix rock, gimme some of that magic potion and I'll come over and fight Mumbles Toney
Saidative- July 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm
The Machida picture is supposed to be him drinking his piss. Don't know why he's breathing out piss fumes though. I guess he eats a lot of asparagus.
ghostboner- July 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm
Asterix and Obelix! Haven't seen that since the bygone days of my youth. I just went to his site to check it. I think it could be James Thompson?
Chris123- July 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm
Page 37 - Jardine Nipple clamp "wanted" picture = pure genius
MoTropolis- July 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm
I like the one of Uma Thurman as her character from pulp fiction with the needles sticking out her chest, all tho I dont remember her hair being that short or blonde in the movie. Also, the artist went a little crazy with the jawline and made her look like Josh Barnett.
Dick_Gozenya- July 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Good stuff. As another artist I am impressed with his ability to capture the essential elements of peoples' facial features.
bitteralex- July 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm
who the hell is in #9 and why the hell are they sitting on a terran bunker???
i get the asterix and oblix reference (which is awesome by the way)
halfbreed23- July 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I thought the BJ picture was Scott Coker.
ghostboner- July 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Buffalobama!! Oh shit! Priceless! That is what I thought too when I saw that. Then I realized it was Nog.

I think Rexual Healing is correct on the Arlovski cerebrus. I think he is trying to say that Ichiro, Leonidas and Arlovski are a body triple, where each is linked to one by the other. Kind of like James Hetfield, the cowardly lion, and Mark MacGuire.
dogpt3- July 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Those were legit. Overeem on the nimbus cloud is jokes.
itsgalf- July 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm
I want the Randy Couture one as a T-shirt
itsgalf- July 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm
haha I just now realized that BJ Penn is drawing the painting with the blood on his hand. Awesome
Plan B- July 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Lesnar as an Ultralisk? Fucking cool in my books.
bitteralex- July 26, 2010 at 11:41 am
Crocop and Jardine are gold!
ReX13- July 26, 2010 at 11:32 am
I'm leaning toward the far left head being Ichiro, the middle head being Gerard Butler as Leonidas, and the right head being Arlovski. Still feels like i'm missing something though.
BrandonTheTruth- July 26, 2010 at 11:31 am
btw, that dude's work is straight up amazing!
ReX13- July 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
Silva/Duvall/Sakuraba piece is ricockulous.


Machida looks more like a bug than an eastern dragon, though.

Why does one Arlovski Cerberus head have a baseball in its mouth?

i'm not getting the Forrest Griffin--angel wings, lives in a sock?

Also, the last one. Huh?

Um, maybe i just have the Monday morning dumb.
BrandonTheTruth- July 26, 2010 at 11:20 am
arlovski is the pitbull. dogs fetch balls. makes perfect sense.
jimbonics- July 26, 2010 at 10:52 am
Where's the one with Lightning Lee Murray and sacks of money?

Oh, right. ESPN e60 this week. Nevermind.
ReX13- July 26, 2010 at 10:45 am
MoTropolis>> Wings, lion's tail = griffon. Well done.

Still clueless about the sock or whatever he's in.

And still clueless about Hari being a window licker.
macreadysshack- July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am
The last one with Badr Hari is awesome.

I think the Marius Pudziceiwizleburger is to indicate that he can only conquer things that aren't alive. The only ball he can't lift is the one that's alive. Kilograms don't hit back.

Cool stuff. I'll check out the site.
Dojima- July 26, 2010 at 10:32 am
I'm pretty sure that michael myers is korean, brah. those characters aint japanese.
As Good As Anyone- July 26, 2010 at 10:24 am
Page 27: Sapp = Hilarious
Page 28: Cro Cop = Epic
Page 29: Lesnar = WTF
Page 34: Couture = Captain Lulz
Page 37: Jardine = Epic Lulz
justscrappin- July 26, 2010 at 10:20 am
All violence..and no surgery make Wandy an ugly boy.
MoTropolis- July 26, 2010 at 10:17 am
I think they gave Forest wings and a tail as to symbolize a griffen. As far as the boot covered in feces, maybe it was drawn shortly after he had the shit stomped out of him by Silva.