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First Place
Sam Morris The Las Vegas Sun
"Daddy's OK"
Second Place
Jonne Roriz Agencia Estado
"Ouch Target"
Third Place
Lexey Swall The Naples Daily News
"Father's Condolence"
Award of Excellence
Petrut Calinescu
"Jallikattu - The Indian Bull Fighting"
Award of Excellence
Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune
"Ski Watcher"
Award of Excellence
Craig Golding The Sydney Morning Herald
"Football Hero"
Award of Excellence
Tomasz Gudzowaty Focus Fotoagentur
"Punching Women"
Award of Excellence
Fldi Imre Hungarian News Agency-MTI
Award of Excellence
John Locher The Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Rural Football"
Award of Excellence
Linus Meyer Freelance
"On the way up"
Award of Excellence
Donald Miralle Getty Images
"Midnight Run"
Award of Excellence
Gregg Newton SouthernCross Images
"Waiting for the Wave"
Award of Excellence
Mike Roy The Monitor
"Hold On"
Award of Excellence
Aksel Sundstrom
First Place
Sam Morris The Las Vegas Sun
"Daddy's OK" Ignoring the post-fight question posed by the public address interviewer, Mark Coleman grabbed the microphone and yelled "I love you girls! I'll be back," while jabbing a massive hand towards his daughters in the audience. Moments before, nearly 12,000 people watched as the Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight was beaten into submission by a Russian giant when he found himself trapped an excruciating hold called an armbar. Two of those 12,000 saw something entirely different: their Daddy got hurt. To calm the tears and fears of his daughters Morgan, 9, and McKenzie, 7, the bloodied Coleman embraced his daughters while caressing their hair and repeating over and over that 'Daddy's OK. Daddy's OK,' after they were lifted up to the ring and into his waiting arms. When his repeated reassurance that 'Daddy's OK, it's all over. It's all over. Daddy's OK. Let's go have some fun now,' failed to completely calm the girls, Coleman took them to center ring and introduced them to Fedor Emelianenko, the man who turned his face into a bloody pulp. After a minute or two of talk, Coleman playfully tagged the Russian champion with light tap to the chin and then raised his arms in victory maybe Daddy is invulnerable after all. As the near-sellout crowd continued to file out of the Thomas & Mack Center, it seemed as if only a handful of photographers paid attention to the scene until a ringside judge was seen surreptitiously rubbing his eyes and wiping his cheeks. Of course, it is within the realm of possibility that he had piece of dust in his eye.
 

 

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