Lion Fights, an upstart promotion based out of southern Nevada has featured some solid muay thai cards within the course of the last year. They are set to put on their third event in the series of "Battle in the Desert" this Saturday. Lion Fights released a statement today that they are working with Go Fight Live (GFL.tv) this upcoming Saturday to stream the event live for $14.99. This is a step in the right direction for Lion Fights, as I've been saying for a while that these upstart muay thai and kickboxing promotions in the United States need to work hard for exposure. Lion Fights is run by Scott Kent who has taken some of this advice and hired an actual PR firm to help with promoting the company and will stream the next event. These events have been well-received by those in attendance for past events, including UFC President Dana White.
The cost of 15 dollars might be a bit steep for a first event to be streamed, but a main event like Cosmo Alexandre vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke could make you think twice about that. Full Press Release after the break.
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LION FIGHT PROMOTIONS: BATTLE IN THE DESERT 3
WBC MUAY THAI CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
SAT., AUG. 20
Thai Legend and Five-Time World Champ Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke vs. superstar Cosmo Alexandre in WBC Superfight main event
Ky Hollenbeck to defend WBC interim world middleweight title against Simon Chu
Chaz Mulkey vs. Remy Bonnel for WBC interim international middleweight title
Joe Shilling vs. Brandon Banda for vacant WBC USA light heavyweight championship
Jeri Sitzes to defend women’s WBC international super bantamweight title against Misty Sutherland
PRIMM, NEV. (Aug. 15, 2011) – Lion Fight Promotions announced today that it has partnered with Go Fight Live (www.gfl.tv) to deliver a live, online stream of its highly-anticipated World Boxing Council (WBC)-sanctioned “Battle In The Desert 3” Muay Thai championship event at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. on Sat., Aug. 20.
Fight fans around the world can tune into the entire 12 bout fight card (6 professional main card bouts and 6 amateur preliminary card bouts) online by logging on to GFL’s dedicated web page for the event (http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MuayThai/Battle_in_the_Desert/1131) and paying a fee of $14.99. The one-time credit card payment will allow purchasers to watch the event both live and after its completion.
“We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our WBC world championship fight card to a global audience,” said Scott Kent, president of Lion Fight Promotions. “Go Fight Live has a reputation for streaming live combat sports events with exceptional quality, so fight fans will be able to enjoy all the hard-hitting action from our event to the fullest extent.
“We are thrilled to partner with Lion Fight Promotions to bring their WBC championship Muay Thai card to fight fans around the world,” said Go Fight Live Vice President of Operations, Keith Evans. “We recognize that Lion Fight Promotions has produced some incredible Muay Thai fights with world class competitors, so this event is a welcomed addition to the GFL family.”
In the main event of Lion Fight Promotions “Battle In The Desert 3” card, two-time world Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexandre (40-13) of Brazil will square off with five-time Muay Thai champion and multi-title Lumpinee Stadium champion Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke “Zingano“ (228-19) of Broomfield, Colo. via Thailand in a middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) “Superfight.” In addition to his two titles, Alexandre won the coveted, annual King’s Cup tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 5, 2009.
Sitchuchoke is coming off a third round (TKO victory over James Martinez, a K-1 USA veteran and contestant on the 2008 first season of The Contender Asia, the Mark Burnett-created reality television series that documented 16 Muay Thai fighters from 12 different countries as they competed for a prize of $150,000. Sitchuchoke consistently beat Martinez to the punch throughout the matchup and broke Martinez’s arm with repeated round kicks aimed at the head and body.
The co-main event will feature a world interim middleweight (160 pounds) title bout between explosive champion Ky Hollenbeck (18-1) of San Francisco, Calif. and powerhouse challenger Simon Chu (29-6) of Leeds, England.
A middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) matchup between Chaz Mulkey (6-4) of Las Vegas and Remy Bonnel (55-7) of Miami, Fla. will be contested with the WBC interim international title at stake. Joe Schilling (10-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. will take on Brandon Banda (5-1) of Concord, Calif. for the vacant WBC USA light heavyweight (175 pounds) crown.
Women’s Muay Thai and MMA star Jeri Sitzes (3-0) of Springfield, Mo. will defend her WBC international title against Misty Sutherland (1-0) of Calgary, Canada. Sitzes captured her title on Aug. 28, 2010 by scoring a second round (2:06) TKO on Australia’s Joanna MacEachern with a flurry of straight punches.
Tickets for Lion Fight Promotions’ stacked WBC world championship Muay Thai event are on sale and can be purchased at the Primm Valley Casino Resorts ticket office (702-386-7867), Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com and LionFightPromotions.com.
Complete Lion Fight Promotions: Battle In The Desert 3 Fight Card:
Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil/ Deerfield, FL) vs. Sakmongkol Zingano (Thailand/ Denver, CO)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout)/ WBC Superfight / 5x3 rounds
Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs. Simon Chu (Leeds, England)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / WBC interim world title / 5x3 rounds
Chaz Mulkey (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Remy Bonnel (France/ Miami, FL)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) / WBC interim international title / 5x3 rounds
Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Brandon Banda (Concord, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / WBC USA light heavyweight title / 5x3 rounds
Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Misty Sutherland (Calgary, Canada)
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) / WBC international title / 5x3 rounds
Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ryan Ratcliffe (Concord, CA)
Catchweight 124 lbs / 5x3 rounds
Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ruben Lahn (Los Angeles, CA)
Catchweight 130 lbs / 3x2 rounds
Justin Driggers (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Carlos Delcid (Van Nuys, CA)
Light Heavyweight (agreed weight - 180 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jill Guido (Concord, CA)
Flyweight (112 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Michael Ellison (Los Angeles, CA)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Patti Teran (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu (New York, NY)
Mini Flyweight (102 lbs) / 5x2 rounds
Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Niko Ruiz (Van Nuys, CA)
Welterweight (147 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based world championship Muay Thai kickboxing promotion dedicated to producing matchups between the best Muay Thai fighters in the world in their respective weight classes. Led by former Las Vegas casino executive, Scott Kent, the promotional company has been developed in consultation with Christine Toledo, one of the sport's most popular champions and star of the Oxygen Network reality television show Fight Girls. Both Kent and Toledo share a common passion for Muay Thai and are working together to promote the sport.
About Go Fight Live (GFL)
GFL Combat Sports Network is a pioneer in Internet Sports Broadcasting. Over the years GFL has broadcast more than 1100 live events with over 5500 combat sports videos in 196 countries. GFL is especially proud to have served greater than 5 million public viewers over the years with more than 250 combat sports related website affiliates in its network. GFL is now available on Roku, Android, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices.