Tracy Lee: This is my last UFC shoot

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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.