Better UFC 157 poster: USA or Japan?

Saturday, February 09, 2013

There is a long tradition of extraordinary Japanese fight posters, most notably by Pride FC.

UFC 157 headliner Ronda Rousey recently posted a Japanese version of the upcoming event.

Ronda Rousey ‏@RondaRousey
Just posted a photo

What do you think of the Japanese version?

Here is the English speaking world’s version.

And here is a trip down memory lane.

 First, some standard UFC posters.

The UFC has occasionally gone off the reservation with designs, with interesting, even amazing results.

http://assets.sbnation.com/imported_assets/84089/vault/ufc94_poster_ver2.jpg

However, for posters that bottle the mind, no one did it better than Pride.

http://www.robotplague.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Dream10x2.jpg

PRIDE GP 2004 second round poster butterfly

Yes, those are sperm.

When the UFC acquired Pride, they also got the poster copyrights. It might have been good if they got a Japanese graphic artist or two, too, as Pride’s lesser succesor DREAM still produces memorable imagery.

DREAM 1

DREAM 3

DREAM 4

DREAM 6

 

DREAM 7

DREAM 10

DREAM 12

Sometimes UFC fans have taking the task upon themselves, with compelling results.

http://olieng.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/vault/ufc128poster-post.jpg

What is your favorite MMA poster of all time?