I had the great pleasure of getting press access to take photographs at the May 16th MMA fights for the IFL promotion at Mohegan Sun . As my first up-close introduction to MMA, I can attest to the incredible athleticism, endurance, technicality, and adrenaline that goes on each intense 4-minute round in that ring. It's a brutal, but controlled, exhibition of probably the rawest form of direct physical competition. Here's a small selection from the action. For many more photos from this shoot, and to learn more about the sport, please check out MMA HQ (Ed: site defunct) , one of the premier MMA news blogs.