These next few images are ones that I recently turned in as part of a larger series of photos telling the story of an Ohio University student looking to go professional in Mixed Martial Arts fighting. The first critique was an eye-opener, and I definitely learned some of the do's and don't's of telling a story with photos. I have a lot to work on, and hopefully I can improve with my upcoming stories.
Ohio University student Jayde Sheeley is not your typical senior. While many of her peers are simply trying to finish their last couple semesters, Sheeley is pursuing a Sociology-Criminology major while training to become a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. MMA fighting is an extreme contact sport that is a mix of cage fighting, grappling, kickboxing, boxing, and judo. Inspired by her father, a world-class MMA fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) coach, Sheeley began Kung Fu fighting when she was five years old. Once she turned 18, Sheeley began entering amateur cage fighting competitions, bringing her amateur fighting record to 2-1. “This sport is so different and it gives me the chance to break the stereotypes for women. That’s why I love it,” says Sheeley. “The first time I got kicked in the face, I was pretty surprised, but I learned how to get back up and keep going.” Upon graduation, Sheeley hopes to sign with the UFC fighting league to become a professional fighter.