CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS ANNOUNCED FOR LION FIGHT 18
YODSANKLAI FAIRTEX vs. SALAH KHALIFA
JORINA BAARS vs. ANKE VAN GESTEL
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
LIVE AT THE JOINT IN HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS
LION FIGHT 18 AIRS LIVE ON AXS TV FIGHTS at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Tickets on Sale Now through axs.com
LAS VEGAS, NV – Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight, today announced the two contenders vying for Lion Fight belts in the double championship headliners on tap for LION FIGHT 18 Friday, September 5th live from the Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Kent confirmed that United Kingdom’s Salah Khalifa will fight reigning champion and Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex for the men’s middleweight belt, and that Belgium’s World Champion Anke Van Gestel will challenge the unbeaten Jorina Baars for the women’s welterweight Lion Fight strap.
Inside MMA was the first to report news of the two contenders scheduled to face Fairtex and Baars, as well as the entire line up of live televised fights for LION FIGHT 18.
Tickets for LION FIGHT 18 are on sale now through Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, online at AXS.com or by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. The full rules Muay Thai LION FIGHT 18 event will take place at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, Sept. 5. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT; the first bout starts at 5:00 p.m.
LION FIGHT 18 will be broadcast live on AXS TV, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT) with play-by-play and commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.
LION FIGHT 18’s main live card is packed with American Muay Thai talent including Las Vegas local Jason Andrada, fighting out of Fight Capital Gym, vs. Canada’s Stan Mancebo. Rising star Nick Chasteen, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona makes his return to the Lion Fight ring to take on California’s Jose Palacios. The card also features west coasters Brian Del Rosario, fighting out of Van Nuys, California vs. Victorville, California’s Chris Culley. Kicking off the first fight of the night will be Phoenix, Arizona’s Damien Earley vs. Vallejo, California’s Eddie Abasolo.
LION FIGHT 18 also showcases the best up-and-coming talent in Muay Thai with a stacked amateur undercard:
125 lbs Women’s Bout
Christine Ferea (Hard Knocks, Las Vegas) vs. Ashley Burns (Nashville, TN)
165 lbs Men’s Bout
Jordan Joseph (Syndicate, Las Vegas) vs. Robert Farabough (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
155 lbs Men’s Bout
Zhenya Chuprina (Hard Knocks, Las Vegas) vs. Edgar Frias (Tustin, CA)
125 lbs Men’s Bout
Armin Eusabio (Alliance, Las Vegas) vs. Chris Mendoza (Los Angeles, CA)
142 lbs Men’s Bout
AJ Smith (Fight Capital – Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Shaw (Stockton, CA)
Please visit LIONFIGHT.com for news, information and event updates, and follow on Twitter @LIONFIGHT.
About Lion Fight Promotions
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lion Fight Promotions, LLC is the world’s premier Muay Thai organization. Founded in 2010 by owner and Chief Executive Officer Scott Kent, Lion Fight is the most active promoter of Muay Thai events and stands as the largest standup combat sports organization in North America. Sponsored by Singha Beer, the exclusive and official beer of Lion Fight, its full rules Muay Thai events are televised live nationally to over 43 million homes as part of AXS TV’s long-running Friday Night Fights series. The first-ever professional combat sports organization to be included on the UFC International Fight Week schedule of events, Lion Fight is dedicated to growing Muay Thai in America and to presenting world-class events stacked with the best fighters in the sport.
About AXS TV Fights
AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebookand on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada and the Caribbean.