On December 8th, UFC 181 will take place withThe cover unveiled will be used ahead of UFC 181 as the promotion teams up with DC Comics for the special poster for the event that takes place on December 6 from Las Vegas with Anthony Pettis facing Gilbert Melendez for the LIghtweight championship and welterweight champion Johny Hendricks facing off against Robbie Lawler. The poster for the pay-[er-view was just unveiled and it features art by Howard Porter with color by Alex Sinclair in a DC Comics style image. . Porter is a fan and was very excited to work on the image.
“I was pinching myself. After I stopped doing backflips around the house, I just couldn’t believe it because I’m such a big fan of MMA. I didn’t think an opportunity like this would come along in my lifetime,” Porter told FOX Sports.
“On the onset you’re asked to do some rough sketches so you can plan for the final piece and I had the weekend to do it and I did way too many sketches because I couldn’t stop drawing these guys. I wanted to do 15 covers. I was very excited.”
Although there have been a couple of MMA-themed comics, and a lot of fighters are comics fans (like every group it seems) this is one of the more official crossovers between the worlds. We’re just surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.