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Kevin Ross and Lion Fight Ink a Deal, Ross Fighting at Lion Fight 8

Kevin RossEveryone at some point gets stuck in one of those ridiculous "pound-for-pound" discussions when it comes to fight sports. It just happens and it kind of sucks and everyone walks away feeling kind of dejected, angry or even depressed over it. When it comes to American Muay Thai fighters, just about everyone can agree that Kevin Ross is the guy. He's fought everywhere and fought some of the best in the world, including the elusive Thais from Muay Thai's home of Thailand.

It almost seems like a no-brainer that Lion Fight Promotions, based out of Las Vegas, would sign Kevin Ross to a contract. In fact, I'm confused as to why they haven't before now, but that is the past, I guess, and this is the present. The present is that Kevin Ross has signed a deal with Lion Fight Promotions and he will be fighting on Lion Fight 8 in January, says Can't Stop Crazy.

This will be Kevin's first fight back after being out of action with a torn ACL.

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Houcine Bennoui vs. Imwiset Pornnarai Added To Yokkao Extreme 2013

The fight card for Yokkao Extreme 2013 is starting to shape up, with Saenchai vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang and Kem Sitsongpenong vs. Jordan Watson already being announced, as well as Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov being the main event.

Today Yokkao announced a new match-up, as Houcine Bennoui fights Yokkao-sponsored fighter Imwiset Pornnarai. The fight will be 65kg under full Muay Thai rules.

Houcine Bennoui returned to action this year after a long layoff in June where he stopped Manuel Umberti. Since and including then, he's 2-2 in 2012, going 1-1 against Singmanee Kaewsamrit. Bennoui is also scheduled to fight in the Krush 67kg tournament on January 14.

Imwiset fought at this year's Yokkao Extreme in January, where he defeated Angelo Campoli.

With Yokkao Extreme quickly approaching on January 26, be on the lookout for more fight announcements soon.

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Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Gregory Choplin To Headline Lion Fight 8 On AXS TV

As we posted about previously, Lion Fight will start to air on AXS TV on January 25 with Lion Fight 8, which takes place at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

Today Lion Fight announced that Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Gregory Choplin will headline its debut on AXS TV at Lion Fight 8. This is Yodsanklai's first fight in the United States, while Choplin lives in the US now. Choplin is 2-1 in the US, with wins over Chaz Mulkey and Joseph Valtellini this year and a loss to Ky Hollenbeck in 2011.

For Lion Fight's debut on TV, this is a big fight. Yodsanklai is still a one of the marquee names on the international Muay Thai scene. First, he'll be fighting Kem Sitsongpeenong on December 30 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Also on the card is a women's bout between America's Tiffany van Soest and England's Alexis Rufus, which will serve as the co-main event.

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Lion Fight To Air On AXS TV Starting January 25

Lion Fight Promotions can probably be seen as the premier Muay Thai organization in North America, and they've got some good news.

Lion Fight will start airing on AXS TV, starting with Lion Fight 8 on Friday, January 25, and it'll be live at 10:00 PM ET. For Muay Thai in the United States, this is a big deal to be featured live on TV. Before, Lion Fight aired via PPV live stream and now being able to watch for free on TV will be a huge help in bringing Muay Thai to more viewers and potential fans. Read the full press release below:

LAS VEGAS – After two years of presenting world class Muay Thai action featuring the most exciting stand up fighting in the sport, and featuring top-ranked talent from around the world, Lion Fight Promotions today announced that it will make its long-awaited LIVE television debut with ‘Lion Fight 8’ on AXS TV Friday, January 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

“I am so proud to announce today that the network that brought the tradition of Friday Night Fights back to the mainstream audience will now showcase Lion Fight Muay Thai in addition to its blend of mixed martial arts and kickboxing programming,” said Kent. “I am committed to growing this amazing stand up fighting style, with its rich history and culture, to an American audience and thanks to Mark Cuban and Andrew Simon, our live television debut on AXS TV brings us a giant step closer.

"We are excited to introduce AXS TV Fight Fans to the stand-up artistry that is Lion Fight,” said Andrew Simon CEO of AXS TV Fights. “Lion Fight was once called ‘The Best Kept Secret of the Las Vegas Fight Scene,’ find out why on January 25th!"

Lion Fight 8 will present a full card line-up of professional fights including male and female competitions. All of the main card's professional Muay Thai fights will air live on AXS TV, culminating with a main and co-main attraction yet to be announced.

Ticket information and more news for Lion Fight Promotions January 25, 2013 event taking place live at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be announced soon.

For more information on Lion Fight Promotions, please visit lionfightpromotions.com and follow on Twitter @LFPLasVegas and Facebook atFacebook.com/LionFightPromotions.

About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions, LLC is a Muay Thai fight promotion company based out of Las Vegas, Nevada USA. The ultimate goal of the company is to help the sport of Muay Thai expand in America. Unfortunately, in many other parts of the world, the level of exposure and appreciation outnumbers that of what is represented in the U.S.

About AXS TV Fights
AXS TV Fights is renowned for its universally recognized Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing events. As Your Home For MMA, AXS TV utilizes an expansive network of promotions from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to broadcast more LIVE fights than any other television network. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world-champion Pat Malevich provide viewers expert play-by-play, in depth fighter coverage and extensive analysis to each fight card. AXS TV broadcasts world-class LIVE fight events from Legacy Fighting Championship, Titan Fighting Championship, XFC, Maximum Fighting Championship, BAMMA, The Score Fighting Series and It's Showtime every Friday night, at 7PM PT/10PM ET.

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