If you want a written history on the UFC then this is not the book for you. If you read at a 2nd grade level like “The Mad One”, then this book is a must have. All kidding aside, “Octagon” is a virtual pictorial documentary of the plethora of legendary MMA fighters both past and current that have bravely graced the Octagon.
Lorenzo Fertitta provides the introduction and explains how the book started as a project but quickly morphed into a life of it’s own. Here is a short excerpt from his introduction:
“These photos, whether action or still shots, reflect drama, emotion, the heart and soul of what it takes to be a professional athlete in a sport that can leave you a completely different person, be it physically, financially, or emotionally. The drama is the main reason why the before and after photos Kevin has assembled are so compelling. As an active art collector, I can say these are some of the best art photos I have ever seen.”
I agree totally. The book is a work of art, and Kevin Lynch brings his best to the table and delivers stunning imagery worthy of ripping out of the book and professionally framing. I’m tempted to do just that with mine, but I think I’ll keep it intact. It’s just too beautiful to disturb in it’s totality.
The book shows breathtaking images of blood spattered canvas, and insane action shots. The before and after pictures are very interesting as some fighters look as if they’ve barely broken a sweat, while others look like they just stepped off the scene of a 5 car pile up.
The book is a bargain for $40, especially considering the original hand bound mammoth sized version will cost you a cool $2500. Enough of the ranting and raving, check out some of the pictures from the book below:
-Denny “Mad One” Hodge