Tracy Lee: This is my last UFC shoot


MMA photographer Tracy Lee announced via a series of Twitter posts that she will no longer be shooting UFC events. Lee is a deeply admired figure on the Underground, both for the remarkable quality of her images, and for her extraordinary work ethic.

Lee's tweets began during UFC on FOX 6 Saturday night, at 9:52 PM.

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
Trying not to be sad.. I can't stop crying.. Lol

Ken Pavia ‏@KenPavia
why last???

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
Because this is my last UFC fight. Its hard to shoot through tears, lol..

Matt Phillips ‏@MattPhillips22
going in front of the camera?!

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
I should clarify. Last one I am shooting. I will still be around the UFC and MMA.

Pawan Malli ‏@pawanmalli
wow that sucks. u were the best in the business!

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
were? Damn that was fast.. Lol ‏@cagepotatomma
I don't get it...are you crying or are you LOL'ing? Did the UFC ban you or something?

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
I am not banned.

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
I didn't do anything wrong. I'm very sad I won't be shooting cageside anymore. I'm not leaving my mma family though. Ill still be around!

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
I'm sad, I'm not surprised though. I'm surprised UFC didn't make these changes a long time ago. Not mad at anyone or anything..

Tracy Lee ‏@mstracylee
The show of support from everyone is incredible-thanks to all of u for ur concern.Ill still put out a bunch of content for you to enjoy!

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In 2010 the UFC announced that Getty Images would be the authorized worldwide commercial distribution partner of imagery captured by UFC’s photographers and licensor of the entire UFC image archive. 

Recently, the UFC determined that it was to their advantage to mandate that media outlets get UFC fight images via Getty, rather than by permitting them to send a photographer. Yahoo hired Lee to shoot UFC events worldwide, but will now be purchasing images through Getty. Thus, UFC on FOX 6 is the final UFC she can shoot cageside.

Tracy Lee is an invaluable asset to the MMA community, and the loss of her images leaves a hole in it that is not replaceable.

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tracylee site profile image  

1/30/13 8:05 PM by tracylee

Because when I posted it I had to beg people to bump it or keep it up so I got lazy.. I am about to post a bunch of pics from this last weekend though.. If people show interest in the pics then I will start posting again..I understand that people don't like my site. I have been trying to work on the new version of CL for a very long time but it takes a long time to transfer over 150k photos...

CindyO site profile image  

1/30/13 7:32 PM by CindyO

Ha! Me too! I like the behind the scenes shots she used to get and post. NO ONE did what Tracy did and her work was a UG staple at one point. Not sure why she stopped posting it here on a reg basis.   Cindy

lookoutawhale site profile image  

1/30/13 4:00 PM by lookoutawhale

thanks for liking my vids! =)

rushinbear site profile image  

1/30/13 3:03 PM by rushinbear

I always drooled at the food pics........

tracylee site profile image  

1/30/13 2:55 PM by tracylee

I think I may start working on the blogs again.. thanks, love your vids!!

lookoutawhale site profile image  

1/30/13 2:50 PM by lookoutawhale

Thanks for all the pictures Tracy! loved reading your blogs when you posted them. The combination of the fights, everything that happened outside the fights and the tasty food made your stuff unique and fun to look at. Hope they let you take pics in the future!

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1/30/13 1:12 PM by tracylee

:) thank you, and thank you to all who have showed me support!1

n3m site profile image  

1/30/13 2:07 AM by n3m

Jive, I agree with you for the most part. The only exception is timing. I feel with mma, timing is the hardest part. Certain photogs are better at getting the rythm or timing of the fighter. The rest for the most part is technical and position.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

1/29/13 11:45 PM by Brian J DSouza

Next week, the bully will take someone else's lunch money while everyone looks the other way because it isn't happening to them at that moment.

Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

1/29/13 10:57 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Tracy is awesome and very cool, down to earth girl. I'm happy for her, she still is going to be around.