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The final day of events at the Asian Indoor Games was Saturday. I decided to spend that day shooting Muay Thai, the original form of UFC.

Before a bout of muay, each fighter performs ram muay, a Thai ritual ceremony inside the ring. Prayers and dancing show one’s respect for the sport. Musicians near the ring provide, well, music. They also play during the fight itself, which was cool.

I think I want a blues band tagging along me for every time I take a photo. Just an idea.

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For whatever reason, photographers were restricted to the stands that day. Only TV got special treatment. Then towards the end of the day, I saw Nhat down on the floor and followed suit. When security approached me, I said I was with him. Worked like a charm.

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Easily the greatest excitement came when a Vietnamese fighter won his weight class. The place erupted – and reminded me why I love sports so much. Such great energy. The fighter then did a victory lap and thanked every judge, fan and official in the arena. Hell, I think he even thanked me.

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Championship days are almost always money. Someone wins, another loses. For me, it was a win-win.

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