Month: August 2016

The faces of MMA fighter Sean O’Connell

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sean O’Connell works out at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Performance MMA in Sandy, Wednesday June 8, 2016. O’Connell was a walk-on linebacker at the University of Utah, too slow and undersized, who continued to pursue his dream of being a professional athlete through mixed martial arts. He likewise became a sports radio personality, working on a show in the Bay Area on which UFC President Dana White. O’Connell asked White, on air, if he could have a contract. White didn’t give him one. So O’Connell worked his way into a UFC contract the hard way, plowing ahead with a tough chin and hard strikes, while gaining a cult following on the Internet for his colorful weigh-in antics. Next week, in Ottawa, is a must-win fight for O’Connell as he vies to stay alive in the UFC.

Gee Wizz

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Eric Matesen and Lily Valerio ride the Gee Wizz on the opening day of the Salt Lake County Fair, Wednesday August 17, 2016, marking its 80th year with traditional fair events and modern entertainment. The Fair continues through the weekend at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan.