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Sports Claymation

Sport moments captured in claymation by Jackson artist Azod Abedikichi.

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Did you look down at your phone to send a "HERE WE GO!" text message and completely miss Ronda Rousey's 14-second victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Saturday night? Or are you still a huge "Celebrity Deathmatch" fan and would love to see the Claymation version of Rousey's victory?

If you said yes to either or both questions, it's your lucky day. A talented artist posted a Claymation video of the fight on Instagram, and it's pretty much the greatest thing you'll see all week. Minus, you know, the bout itself...

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Credit to: D'Arcy Maine, ESPN

Growing up in the town of Magee, Azod Abedikichi felt he had to choose between being an artist or an athlete. He dreamed of going to film school but spent his time on cross-country, soccer and football.

“There never seemed to be a hybrid option between athlete and artist. To me, it was one or the other,” said Abedikichi, whose father Mahmood played on Iran's Olympic soccer team. “There was no reference for someone crossing over as an artist.”

It wasn't until after Abedikichi graduated from New York University’s Los Angeles film school in 2005 that he began to realize that the separation of art and sport extended well beyond Simpson County...

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Credit to: Jacob Threadgill, The Clarion-Ledger

Credit to: The Clarion-Ledger

Credit to: Sports Claymation

Credit to: Sports Claymation

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