When I watched the Muay Thai fights at The Active Edge Gym in Lansing Il the first thing that struck me was the proximity of it all. Two men were punching and kicking and clawing at each other less than five feet away from me. When they leaned out over the ropes, which stood as the only barrier between the crowd and the violence, they came out towards me like a 3-D movie whose consequences would be all too real. We were right up close to it, and for me there is nothing quite like watching a fight up close and personal. The following are some images from that night.