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Justin McAllister with artwork

Recapping With Justin McAllister – I Am Still Evolving

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Justin McAllister with artwork

Justin McAllister with artwork

If you have picked up a copy of TapouT magazine, you probably have seen artwork by Justin McAllister.  His drawings have been published in TapouT and MMA Worldwide and used for t-shirts for fighters.  MMA Recap’s Brent Todd caught up with McAllister to talk about his craft.

So what got you into drawing MMA Fighters?
Truth is I was trying to figure out how to make some money about five years ago now.  I drew a picture of Chuck Liddell, a character from lost and a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  I was selling them on ebay and I noticed I was selling the little Liddell pictures a lot faster.  For a while I was just adding little fighters here and there to make like $5 per print on ebay.  That’s what got me started and real into it.  Shortly after doing that, I did a t-shirt for the Hillbilly Heartthrob Brad Imes.  He saw my work on myspace when myspace was hot and that’s how it got going.

Which fighter piece would you say has been your most recognizable?
That’s a good question.  Probably Chuck Liddell and it isn’t the first piece that I did.  It was probably a year into drawing fighters, me, Evan Showman and a couple artists did a charity piece for the Ryan Bennet foundation.  That was the most recognizable.  People were buying those pieces for anywhere from $500 to $1,000 a pop.  And then there’s everything that’s been in TapouT magazine.

Anthony Petis by Justin McAllister

Anthony Petis by Justin McAllister

Which piece was your favorite after it was all done?
To be honest, unlike Showman where his stuff has been awesome from day one, I feel like I am constantly growing trying to get to the top level that I can find.  I told Pettis last night that was my favorite piece and that’s the truth.  I like the Bart a lot, but there’s something about that Pettis that I want that to be my gold standard.  Usually it’s my latest piece.  In this case it is one of the last, and since I am growing it is usually the most recent piece of artwork.

How long does it take for you to complete a drawing?
When I started doing the drawings, the early stuff I did I could do two in a day.  I don’t know if you have seen the real old stuff I would just do black and white and no details.  Back in the day I would bang out two in a day in maybe a six hour session.  Pettis though took between thirty and forty hours.  Pettis was probably made out of 50,000 dots.  The other thing about it is I can’t screw up.  There’s a lot of just looking at it and trying to figure out what I am going to do next.  If I ink the wrong spot it is dead you know.

Cain Velsaquez by Justin McAllister

Cain Velsaquez by Justin McAllister

What mediums do you use to draw the fighters?
I’ve drawn all my artwork for years, except when I was in jail with Sharpies.  Sharpie is real cool.  The head lady over there is kinda anti-UFC; she doesn’t think it is family friendly.  So I don’t get any monatary support or real interest in the fighters from Sharpie.  But they do like my art enough that I get free pens whenever.  I make a phone call and I will get a thousand pens from them.  A lot of people don’t realize it, but Sharpie has about a hundred different colors.  A lot of people will get the black pen or the 10-colored pack.  But if you get into what they have, there’s probably that many color options.  I also draw on watercolor paper and the pen kind of works that way.  You can layer it and kinda blend colors.  It is really versatile.  To me, it is amazing.  From the transformation from the first drawings where I would use a black Sharpie the whole thing.  Now I got a selection for shading.  I could go from a maroon to a red to an orange to a light orange.  It’s amazing to me to see the growth.  Figuring out the pens it would take a while to see how versatile those pens are.

Which fighters do you have in the pipeline shall we say for you to draw?
We are going to see Jens Pulver soon.  I had a buddy follow around Pulver.  Plus he’s such a popular guy even with a six fight losing streak before his XFO victory.  That’s coming down the pipeline.  I want to do a Jeff Curran.  I want to focus on more local guys.  That’s why I did the Pettis, the Bart.  I spent such a long time getting after who I liked the most or whoever the fans think is the best.  And I decided its time to give back to the local guys.  When I am thinking of the pipeline I am thinking of local guys.

How big are these original artworks?  How big are the prints?
The original are 24 inches by 18 inches.  The prints are 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

You scan them in after they are done to do the prints?
Actually I do my own photographs on them.  I am not a professional photographer, but I feel like I am a professional art photographer.  I have a tripod and a nice camera.  All that is just so I can take square pictures of my drawings.

Chuck Liddell by Justin McAllister

Chuck Liddell by Justin McAllister

Your work has been published in TapouT magazine, where else can fans see your work?
Not just in TapouT, it’s also in MMA Worldwide Magazine.  If you can find an old shirt from Premier Fighter before they closed up shop I got those out there somewhere.  For a while I was doing shirts for Premeir Fighter and did like twelve fighter shirts.  A couple years ago I saw Alan Belcher wear my stuff, Clay Guida wore one of mine.  You can also see my work at rattling-the-cage.com and Facebook of course.

Do you sell any of the artwork, original or prints and if so where can the fans find them at?
I just went up and got prints from Pettis.  I gave him a real good deal on the artwork.    I am going to do limited runs on each drawing of 50 to 75.  I am going to sign them and number them.  I know some of the fighters lately have been saying they want to buy my drawings and that’s pretty cool.

Do you take requests from fans for artwork?
It’s really hard.  Here and there if someone comes through and it really has to be done.  Or if a fighter says they want me to do it.  Basically if the money is there I will.  With the time that I put in its nearly impossible to do it just because someone wants to see it.

Anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to?
Always want to thank TapouT Magazine.  All I did was draw pictures and they did something with it.  I remember the first thing was all my pictures on one page.  I want to thank all the local events that give me the best seats for free cause I am out there doing something for the love of the fighters.  Jeff Curran over at XFO, the guys at Ruckus, all the promotions that welcome me.  Half the time it is just because I draw a fighter. 

WEC 50 Cruz vs Benavidez poster

WEC 50 Recap And Results

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WEC 50 Cruz vs Benavidez posterLast night, World Extreme Cagefighting held their 50th show entitled “Cruz vs. Benavidez”.  The night’s action took place at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and the main card was televised on Versus.  Read on for the night’s televised recap as well as full results of the event.

The first night of the fight saw Chicago-based fighter Bart Palaszewski take on Zach Micklewright.  After a back and forth opening round, Palaszewski’s corner told him to wake up.  Palaszewski listened to his corner as he needed just 31 seconds in the second round to earn the TKO victory over Micklewright.

Scott Jorgensen continued his winning streak and more than likely picked up a fight of the night bonus against Brad Pickett.  The three round war saw both fighters landing big punches that hurt the other.  But neither fight would go down and unlike many opponents, the two of them pushed forward after being rocked instead of backing away.  Jorgensen’s wrestling and takedowns proved to be the difference as he would use them to secure the scores on the judges’ score cards.

Cub Swanson wanted to keep his fight standing against Chad Mendes, and it looked like Mendes would comply.  But after eating a couple of shots from Swanson, Mendes went back to his superior wrestling roots and used takedowns and ground and pound through out the three rounds.  With less than a minute left, Swanson threw massive punches to try and earn the victory, but Mendes just scooped him up and took him down to earn the judges’ decision.

Another exciting matchup was next between Anthony Pettis and Shane Roller.  Pettis who is known for his flashy attacks let some fly in the fight.  A great spinning hook kick landed on the back of Roller’s neck briefly wobbling him in the first round.  At the end of the first Pettis nearly scored again with a spinning kick from the ground.  In the second round Roller was able to put Pettis on his back, but Pettis would quickly escape.  The third round Roller took Pettis to the ground and worked some great ground and pound before Pettis was able to get up.  With just seconds left in the fight Roller attempted an arm-in guillotine, but Pettis was able to roll out of it and secure a triangle choke of his own.  Under ten seconds and Pettis squeezed the choke forcing Roller to tap.

The main event featured a rematch between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez, only this time it was for the belt.  The five round fight was non-stop from the beginning bell to the closing bell.  Cruz worked his light and quick feet to attack Benavidez from multiple angels, but Benavidez did his homework, as he was able to counter many of his opponent’s attacks.  Cruz would score takedowns sporadically through out the fight to help ensure he would get the points for the round.  After the five round fight MMA Recap had it 48-47 for the champion but the judges were slightly different as they were split in who should win.  In the end though, the champion defended his belt with judges’ scorecards of 47-48, 48-47 and 49-46.

Quick Results:

  • Champ Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) (retains bantamweight title)
  • Anthony Pettis def. Shane Roller via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:51
  • Chad Mendes def. Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Scott Jorgensen def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Bart Palaszewski def. Zach Micklewright via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:31
  • Maciej Jewtuszko def. Anthony Njokuani via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:35
  • Javier Vazquez def. Mackens Semerzier via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Fredson Paixao def. Bryan Caraway via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Danny Castillo def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

 

Javier Vazquez

Javier Vazquez in for Homick against Taurosevicius WEC 43

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Javier Vazquez

Javier Vazquez

MMA veteran and highly touted brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner Javier Vazquez (13-3) will replace the injured Mark Hominick (16-8) at WEC 43.  Vazquez will take on former IFL stand out and WEC newcomer Deividas Taurosevicius (10-3).  Vazquez and Taurosevicius will be apart of a talent rich WEC 43 card headlined by an interim title fight between Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson.

Vazquez comes off a close decision loss to Militech Fighting System’s L.C. Davis.  He will look to stay relevant in a stacked featherweight division by bringing Taurosevicius to the floor.  For those who haven’t seen Vazquez’s brazilian jiu jitsu, don’t blink, as he can catch a submission faster than a speeding bullet.

Deividas Taurosevicius last saw action against IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz losing an incredibly close battle that went all five rounds back in May of 2008.  Undoubtedly Taurosevicius will want to make a statement in his WEC debut, and keep this fight standing.  Taurosevicius despite the long lay off, has shown tremendous well rounded skills in his previous bouts, and is notorious for coming forward and bringing the action.

WEC 43 Fight Card

MAIN CARD

Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson (for WEC interim lightweight title)

Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.

Damacio Page vs. Akitoshi Tamura

Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis

PRELIMINARY CARD

Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin

Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rabello

Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Kotch

Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland

Muhsin Corbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani

Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler

Javier Vazquez vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

Razor Rob McCullough

“Razor” Rob McCullough To Fight Anthony Pettis At WEC 44

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Razor Rob McCullough

Razor Rob McCullough

“Razor” Rob McCullough (17-5) and Anthony Pettis (7-0) have agreed to fight each other at WEC 44.  WEC officials have not announced the event, however November 11 is more than likely the date for the event.  A main event of Mike Brown versus Jose Aldo is also in the works.

McCullough, a former WEC lightweight champion, lost his title to Jamie Varner at “WEC 32: Albuquerque”.  Since the loss, he has gone 2-1 losing to Donald Cerrone and holding split decision wins over Kenneth Alexander and most recently Marcus Hicks at “WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia”.

Pettis made his WEC debut at “WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2” where he was able to submit Mike Campbell in the first round.  The undefeated fighter is looking to continue his win streak.