Lion Fight 16 announced for UFC’s International Fight Week

CEO Scott Kent continues to keep the surprises coming by most recently announcing the biggest and boldest move for both the sport of Muay Thai and his Lion Fight promotion.

In a recent press release, Kent stated that for the first time ever, a Muay Thai event is set to be apart of the UFC’s upcoming International Fight Week, which takes place July 1-6.

It was revealed that Lion Fight 16 will be presented on the UFC’s roster of fan events and activities taking place in the city’s hottest venues and clubs throughout the holiday weekend. The event takes place July 4, at at the Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort.

Apparently, it was also collaborative effort between Kent and UFC president, Dana White.

“Presenting Lion Fight 16 as part of UFC’s International Fight Week, the biggest fan event in the world of combat sports, is a privilege and an honor and further proves that Lion Fight is the premier promotion in standup fighting,” Kent said. “I sincerely thank UFC owners Dana White and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta for giving Lion Fight this opportunity. I promise you and the fans that our Fourth of July full Muay Thai rules event will be the ultimate action-packed prelude to your UFC 175 mixed martial arts mega-fight on July 5th.”

Details on the fight card were also released. In this seminal moment for Muay Thai, Kent turned it up a notch by introducing a new division in the Lion Fight ranks, with Muay Thai superstar Kevin Ross battling Australia’s Michael Thompson for the Lion Fight World Super Lightweight belt. 

As one of the most decorated fighters in the world at Super-Lightweight, Dublin, California’s Ross needs no introductions. With a record of 27-9, he is currently ranked 10th in the world by WBC Muay Thai. He’s held a myriad of titles including the WBC International championship, the Welterweight (147-lbs) WBC USA National championship and the United States Muay Thai Federation (USMF) Welterweight championship among many others.

Thompson, 24, meanwhile, is an Australian Intercontinental and World Muay Thai champion, who has racked up 34 wins and 17 knockouts. Just last year, the Aussie fighter defeated Thai superstar Pornsanae Sitmonchai, a win that proved his skill and established him not only on the map, but as one of the fastest rising stars in the sport as well.

Former Lion Fight Lightweight champion, Tiffany Van Soest, was also announced for the card along with Thai up-and-comer, Rungravee Sasiprapa. Their opponents will be announced on a later date.

“In honor of our first event in conjunction with the UFC, we are stacking LION FIGHT 16 with the best of the best in Muay Thai, and topping it off with a world championship super lightweight title fight between Muay Thai superstar and fan favorite Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross and Australian knockout artist Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson,” Kent concluded. “Also, our former lightweight champion and the hardest working fighter in the women’s division, Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest, will compete in our co-main event, and for the first time ever, Rungravee Sasiprapa will fight inside the Lion Fight ring – this is a fast rising star in Muay Thai and someone that our fans have been asking us to bring to America. On Friday, July 4th, the stars of Muay Thai are coming to Las Vegas ready to kickoff the fireworks extravaganza.”

Lion Fight 16 airs airs LIVE on AXS TV at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. Lion Fight 15, meanwhile, takes place later this month on May 23 at the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The event will also air LIVE on AXS TV beginning 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Author:Thinesh John

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