To commemorate this weekends UFC Middleweight title showdown between Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva, the Fight Museum at Mandalay Bay, in association with the fighters and artist Richard T. Stone, has released a series of prints showcasing the two fighters duking it out.
“It’s artwork from Richard T. Stone,” Ronnie Pellizzari, the director of Las Vegas’ Fight Museum, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “He’s probably one of the most well-known artists for his age, especially at 36 years old. (He’s) up-and-coming. He has some great write-ups and great rewards that he’s actually won. He’s done the Boxing Hall of Fame for the last 13 years. He does a lot of the big fights that he gets commissioned to do as well.” The “Silva vs. Belfort Fine Art Edition” print is a giclÃ©e print and measures 20 x 24 inches and sits on heavyweight 310g archival premium fine art paper. For those of you who don’t collect art, that means its very high quality. This painting reminds me a lot of Leroy Neiman’s style, who many will remember for painting the picture of Apollo Creed VS Rocky Balboa from the “Rocky” movies, and many have forgotten that he designed the WAMMA logo. Remember WAMMA? The Fight Nerd does.
The prints, of which there will only be an appropriate 126 made, will be signed by both fighters, the artist and individually numbered. The Fight Museum is located inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and holds tons of memorabilia and artwork related to both MMA and boxing. For more information or to order, call (702) 460-4444, stop by the Fight Museum, e-mail to info@FightMuseumLV.com or check out the “Silva vs. Belfort Fine Art Edition” flyer.