A great way to gain insight into Scott Hirano’s creative direction and how he gets the photos he does is to take a look at his inspiration. His photojournalistic style is inspired by the likes of: James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards, Nina Berman, and especially one of his favorites W. Eugene Smith. He feels that their secret is to invest a lot of time into their subjects, which in turn creates images that are way too real.
This is our second instalment of our feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” – in which we celebrate some of the best photographers within the fight industry. Many of these guys and girls help to accelerate the growth of the female fighting industry, and their work and effort often go un-praised.
Farinaz Lari Interview Pt.2. This is the second part of the Farinaz Lari interview, here is the link to part one.
Farinaz Lari Interview Pt.1. Farinaz Lari is an Iranian born amateur female fighter, in the disciplines of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. In 2010 she moved to Vancouver, Canada. She holds a 2nd Degree black belt in kickboxing and is an amateur world champion!
Paige VanZant Interview. Like the rest of the fight community, Paige VanZant had been waiting excitedly and patiently for the TUF 20 filming to start. Recently the UFC made a shocking announcement that Paige would not in fact be entering the show.
Tecia Torres Interview. Hi Tecia, thank you so much for speaking with us. We’d like to get your thoughts on last year, which was an extremely successful year for you, and more importantly, find out how you’re doing in the run up to TUF!
Jo Calderwood Interview. Joanne Calderwood is undoubtedly one of the fan favourites among the new UFC Strawweight division. Not only is she incredibly humble and softly spoken, but she has some serious Celtic skills and flies the Scottish flag high.
Maritzarda Hersisia Interview. Maritzarda Hersisia is a Dutch female Muay Thai fighter under Ben Boekee, Team Thriving. She is also a Champion in Sanshou, let us not forget that!
Tanya Merrett “with kindness and respect”. An interview with Tanya Merrett. Tanya Merrett is a National Muay Thai Champion fighting out of Eagles Muay Thai in Cardiff, Wales under Lee Power. You’d be hard pushed to find someone who’s met Tanya and doesn’t love her, she is an absolutely lovely girl.
Lauren Huxley “I will dominate and win”. Lauren Huxley, aka The Hatchet, is a 16 year old Muay Thai fighter who has already made European Champion. She fights out of WPT Wales, Swansea and relentlessly excites audiences with her fearless and technical style.
Vicky Church Interview. Vicky Church is an English Muay Thai fighter from Touchgloves Gym in Cornwall. She started out in martial arts with Taekwondo, achieved a 2nd Dan Black Belt and won a myriad of medals and awards. She fights Lauren ‘The Hatchet’ Huxley on March 23rd for a British Title in what has all the hallmarks of an epic fight.
Victoria Lomax Interview. Victoria Lomax is a 23 year old Muay Thai and K1 fighter from England, who actually fights out of Spain. She faces Lucy Payne on March 23rd and aims to take the Awakening World Title from her. We decided to chat to her and throw some questions her way in the run up to the fight.
Hatice Ozyurt talks MMA. Recently Muay Thai fighter Hatice Ozyurt (aka The Turkish Delight) posted a new promo video to her Facebook Athlete Page. We decided to take a look at it and discuss a few things.
Hatice Ozyurt, aka The Turkish Delight, is a Muay Thai World Champion from the Netherlands. At just 26 she can be considered a prolific female fighter – Starting at age 13, she has over 100 fights under her belt and a jaw dropping record of 71 wins, 7 losses and 3 draws!
Originally from France, Annabelle Gely is a Muay Thai fighter living in London, England. She is a European Champion and has a record of 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. We decided to catch up with her in the run up to her world title fight against Hatice Ozyurt on February 22nd at Battle Under the Tower in Holland.
You are set to fight fellow Brit Christi Brereton on February 22nd in Telford, UK for the UKMF British Title at 55kg. What can you tell us about Christi? “Christi and I were due to fight a few years ago when she was 17. It was on a UKMF show and I think for a title. The fight was pulled the day before the weigh in. It was massively frustrating for both of us
Alexis Rufus is an experienced Muay Thai fighter from London, England – fighting out of Stars Gym. She is also two times European Champion, and five times World Champion. As 2014 begins, it makes her ninth year as a female fighter with a record of 28-6-0 – and we are delighted to bring you this interview.
Christi Brereton is a female Muay Thai fighter from Exeter, UK. She fights out of Gym Chaos in Okehampton, UK and at 21 years old she is already a WPMF World Champion, a title that she impressively won at the age of 14! Christi now has a professional record of 10-3-1 and is actively looking at raising her profile and making more of an impression on the world stage.
Caley Reece is well respected and extremely experienced female fighter from Western Australia. Although known for an impressive Muay Thai career (48-5-0), Caley dabbles in Grappling and holds a Brown Belt in Freestyle Karate. A lot has been going on with Caley recently, so we jumped on her to grab this interview for you.
Hi everyone, I’m Ashley Mann from Awakening, I’m here with Awakening World Champion Lucy Payne. Hi Lucy, thanks for taking the time to chat to us today. “You’re welcome”. I know a lot of people saw you fight last in August at Lion Fight, could you tell us a bit about how your fight was against Tiffany Van Soest?
Natasha Sky is a Muay Thai fighter from Australia, and over the last twelve months has been spending more and more of her free time working on her blog, Muay Tash, in which she predominantly interviews female Muay Thai fighters from around the world. It is for this blog that Natasha was voted Journalist of the Year in the Awakening Female Muay Thai 2013 Awards
For those that don’t know the name, Rosy is an ex-fighter who is essentially a female fight fan with a mission. She runs the very successful global Female Muay Thai on Facebook Group, for which was voted Media Resource of the Year in the Awakening Female Muay Thai 2013 Awards. The community is made up of fighters, coaches, fans and promoters from around the world