While the sport of MMA continues to evolve and improve inside and outside the cage, one area that has stayed relatively stagnant in recent years has been the design of official fight posters.
While some of the artwork produced by independent artists (tip of the hat to you, Bosslogic) has been both original and pleasing to the eye, many of the posters put out by the big promotions have all been a bit “samey.” The same fonts each event, the same look, slight variations on pretty much the same layout. They might fit the corporate brief, but they don’t really set the pulses racing and make the posters fun, exciting or collectible for fans.
It means that when we do see moments of rare creative license being allowed, it really stands out. And that’s certainly the case with the new poster for Bellator and Rizin’s twin events at the Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 29 and 31.
I mean, just look at it! It’s a work of art:
Spanning the 6,781 miles from The Statue of Liberty to Mount Fuji (we checked), it’s just about the best fight poster we’ve seen this year. And if the two promotions can serve up fight nights to match the promotional artwork, fans are going to be in for an end-of-year treat.
Bellator Japan will feature a battle of heavyweights who became legends in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” as former PRIDE heroes Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton Jackson will go head to head in the main event. The co-headliner will see former champions collide as ex-UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson takes on former Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler.
Rizin’s New Year’s Eve offering, meanwhile, is expected to feature two-promotion champ Kyoji Horiguchi, who will put his Rizin bantamweight title on the line against the man who finished him in the first round at Rizin 18 earlier this year, Kai Asakura.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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