Lion Fight Promotion’s “Lion Fight 8” will be held on January 25th, 2013 inside the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This will be there National Televised Debut on AXS TV for “Friday Night Fights.” Which fight are you most looking forward to at Lion Fight 8? Lion Fight continues to make strides for American Muay Thai.
Yodsanklai Fairtex vs Gregory Choplin: Yodsanklai is coming off a 3rd Round Knockout of Muay Thai Star Kem Sitsongpeenong and looks to be in the best shape of his life. He’s riding some good momentum leading into this fight. Experienced French Fighter Gregory Choplin has fought and beaten some of Europe’s best. Choplin holds recent victories against Chris Ngimbi and Joseph Valtellini. Expect to see some high caliber Muaythai.
Tiffany Van Soest vs Alexis Rufus: Van Soest just signed a multi-fight deal with Lion Fight Promotions. She is undefeated and one of the fighters Lion Fight is building their promotion around. She defeated Jeri Sitzes at “Lion Fight Muay Thai 7” capturing a WBC Title.
Kevin Ross vs Chris Kwiatkowski: The return of Kevin Ross “The Soul Assassin” vs New York’s Chris Kwiatkowski. Kevin Ross has been inactive rehabilitating from ACL Surgery. Deemed “Americas Poster Boy” for Muay Thai, the “Soul Assassin” is a fan favorite. I asked Chris Kwiatkowski about critics calling this a “tune-up” fight. “I know I am the underdog. I’m just coming in to rain on the parade,” says Chris. This is one you don’t want to miss. The soul assassin keeps moving forward like Liam Harrison. Several fans have stated they would like to see a future match-up with Kevin Ross vs Liam Harrison.
Remy Bonnel vs Shane Campbell: Shane Campbell isn’t very well known in the USA but he is one of the best in North America in the middle weight division. Shane beat two good fighters in Nate Chambers and Troy Sheridan and is now heading to the “Journey Fight Series” Finals in March to fight Sean Mckinnon. Remy Bonnel is an experienced French Fighter and a training partner of Choplin’s. Remy Bonnel has fought Chaz Mulkey twice before. I’m very much looking forward to this one.
Malaipet Sasiprapa vs Visnu Gulati: Vishnu Gulati has been on a long hiatus and comes out of World Team USA in Northern Caifornia home of Ky Hollenbeck and Michael Mananquil. He will be taking on “The Diamond” Malaipet Sasiprapa who has won his last two fights for Lion Fight against Jose Palacios and Justin Greskiewicz. Malipet was going to fight Ky Hollenbeck on two days notice last year and also beat Jose Palacios on a couple days notice.
Vivian Leung vs. Kate Mcgray: Las Vegas Resident Vivian Leung will be looking to bounce back from her loss to Tiffany Van Soest. She won her professional debut at “Battle in the Desert 4” defeating Cassie Trost.
Jason Andrada vs Thiago Azeredo: This will be Jason Andrada’s professional debut. Having had a long standing amateur career, Andrada has appeared on several of the amateur bouts for Previous Lion Fight Events. His saying is “Hella Do It.” He resides in Las Vegas, NV.
Joshua Shephard vs Damien Early: Damien Early is a good up and coming fighter coming out of Arizona. He fought at the K-1 Show in the fall of last year in Los Angeles, CA. He defeated Jermaine Soto and was chosen from the K-1 tryouts. He has a tough opponent in Joshua Shephard from One Kick’s Gym. Like Jason Andrada, Shephard has fought on several of Lion Fight’s amateur cards. He resides in Las Vegas, NV and this will also be his professional debut.
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