Take On Muay Thai XXI
Muay Thai was center stage at the Resorts World Casino in New York as TaKe-On Productions presented TaKe On Muay Thai XXI, a full contact Muay Thai event, at the first ever casino in New York City. The card featured a wild main event and a blistering co-main event as well as a rematch for the vacant 175 lb TaKe-On Title on this 10-bout card.
In the main event, arguably the most exciting American kickboxer in the world, Cyrus "Black Dynamite" Washington (52-27) lived up to the hype as he defeated JR "Dragon" Hines in impressive fashion with a highlight reel KO (spinning heel kick) in round one. Washington came out with his feet planted and moving forward in a very traditional Thai stance as Hines bounced around and stayed light on his feet in more of a kickboxing stance as he darted in to throw combos and then bounced away from Washington. Washington continued to come forward in methodical fashion and landed a left high kick that dropped Hines. When the fight resumed, Washington landed leg kicks, while Hines connected with a push kick to the body. Washington connected with a spinning heel kick to the body that immediately sent Hines down in agonizing pain as it could have broken a rib or landed on the liver which would have caused debilitating pain. Either way the fight was over as Washington picked up a first round KO and looked back in championship form.
In the co-main event, Jay Matias (6-2) defeated the hard hitting John Vargas (5-4) via TKO (spinning elbow) in round four. In the first two rounds, Matias found his distance early as he connected with kicks, elbows, punches and knees that wore Vargas down and put Vargas in defensive mode. Matias was the more accurate striker and his blows landed with pinpoint accuracy as Vargas showed a ton of heart and weathered the storm initially. In round three, Matias continued to land elbows as Vargas threw a Superman punch trying to get his distance and timing down, but was met with a combo by Matias. Matias continued to land with solid body kicks as Vargas covered up. Matias also connected with an elbow in the corner as the round ended. In round four, Vargas landed with a looping right hand as Matias continued to score with body kicks, leg kicks and flying knees. Both fighters continued to trade shots, until Matias connected with a spinning elbow flush on the head of Vargas that immediately opened up a huge cut. Vargas stood up but was wobbly and with the size of the cut, the ref called a halt to the bout.
In championship action, for the vacant 175 lb TaKe-On Championship, Jason Van Oijen (7-0-1) defeated Georgui Smaguin (6-3-1) via unanimous decision to win the belt. These two fought to a draw last April and Van Oijen made it clear this time out who was the superior striker.
If you love the art of striking, there is no better iPPV for you to order than TaKe On Muay Thai XXI. Take-On Productions always puts on great shows and this event was no different for the East Coast kingpin of Muay Thai. Order now.