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Last Friday, I ventured out to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY to photograph the Take On Muay Thai XXIV event.
I had a really great time at the event. The venue staff was very friendly and everyone backstage with the promotion and the various fight camps were really cool. I didn’t want to shoot pure action, so I tried to incorporate behind the scenes documentary pictures as well as abstract/textural things.
And Phil Nurse of the Wat sprayed me with water. More on that later.
Let’s look at some photos!
Mike Burke warms up Macho Soto (The Institute Muay Thai in New Jersey):
John Pina of Class One MMA getting his hands wrapped, with an apprehensive bystander: (a girlfriend perhaps?)
Getting pumped. I really dug the Caravaggio-esque lighting on this one:
Take On Promoter Eddie Cuello:
The amazing Larry Legend:
The very lovely ring card girls:
An intrepid videographer:
A calmer entrance:
Yorrick Anderson of Class One MMA:
Joe Estevez checks a leg kick from Cornel Ward:
Definitely a Rocky vibe:
Thrill of Victory:
Robert Hansen of Five Points Academy’s memorable post-fight celebration:
Jess Cavagnaro of Sitan Gym LI:
The esteemed Phil Nurse, who sprayed water on me. It was pretty interesting standing just feet from one of the most esteemed striking coaches (he worked with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre) in the world. Damn that guy is in good shape – he flew over the top ropes like a freaking superhero.