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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.


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 and follow on Twitter @LFPLasVegas and Facebook

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.


Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jordan Watson added to Yokkao Extreme 2013

Yokkao Extreme 2013 takes place on January 26 in Milan, Italy. So far we'd known two fights, with the main event being Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov under K-1 rules and Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym fighting Diesellek Aoodonmuang in Muay Thai.

Today Yokkao announced that Kem Sitsongpeenong and Jordan Watson will fight under full Muay Thai rules, but with the format being three rounds of three minutes.

Kem's last outing came in a close loss to Andy Souwer at the S-Cup on November 17. Before that, he did win the Toyota Marathon eight man tournament on September 28 in Muay Thai. Watson last fought at GLORY 3 Rome in kickboxing, where he won a unanimous decision over Mustapha Haida, and is set to fight for GLORY again on March 23 against Steve Moxon. Kem also has another fight set, on December 30 against Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya, Thailand.


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