In the Main Event it’s Malaipet Sasiprapa of Fresno, Calif. by way of Surin, Thailand taking on Liam Harrison from Leeds, United Kingdom. In the rear is Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight and to the right, Master Paulo Tocha, a former actor, fighter, trainer of champions and VP of the USMTA. He was the official representing the USMTA, the organization which is sanctioning Friday’s event.
Well, tonight it’s going to be like opening night on Broadway. All the really hard work has been done by the 24 combatants who on Thursday made their weight requirement for Lion Fight #23, another Full Rules Muay Thai show beginning at 5 p.m. this evening, inside the Grand Ballroom at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. Even though tickets are still available, it’s likely the venue will be very near capacity by time the first fight begins.
Without further ado, here is the line-up of exciting matches and the photos taken at Thursday evening’s weigh-ins.
Three of the most interesting bouts feature (top to bottom) the bout between Marvin Madariaga (l) and Tony Fausto; the Mike LeMaire (l) and Andrew Kapel match and (bottom) Daniel McGowan versus Romie Adanza (r).
(top) Lion Fight ringside commentators – UFC Hall of Fame fighter Pat Miletich who works well with the comical, loose tongue of Michael Schiavello.
(middle, left) Tough guy extraordinaire, Kevin Ross, who has sought out and fought the best Muay Thai fighters, is returning to competition after having ACL Surgery. (bottom) Tiffany Van Soest (l) who will be defending her women’s featherweight world title against Poland’s Martyna Krol is shown working out at the same gym as stable mate Marvin Madariaga (c).
Here is the official bout sheet for tonight’s contests. The red markers are used to point out the fighters who live close to home within San Diego County, as they say home boys and home girls. Cheer accordingly.
Bout #1 has Ben Roberts (l) of Undisputed Fitness, San Diego going up against Ryan Castillo of Elite Fight & Fitness/HD Muay Thai in Palmdale, Calif.
In Bout #2 it will be Antonio Arango (l) of Valor Muay
Thai, San Diego taking on Ardavan Moeini of Team
Oyama, Irvine, Ca. Photos: Jim Wyatt
In the third Amateur bout you have Jack Terzian (l) of Saekson Muay thai, Van Nuys, Calif. taking on Sef Ramos of Kings Combat Sports, Chatsworth, Calif. (r)
In Bout #4 you have Fanny Tommasino (r) going up against Magalie Alvarez (l).
In Bout #5, we have Amateur sensation Devin Taylor
of The Arena in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif. taking on Sean Madden of Denver, Colorado.
In the first pro bout, Bout #6, it will be Marvin Madariaga (l) of San Diego, taking on Tony Fausto (r) of La Jolla, San Diego, Calif.
In Bout #7, it will be Daniel McGowan (l) going up
against the veteran Romie Adanza of Irvine, Calif.
The highly-acclaimed Mike Lemaire from the Art of Eight Training Center, San Diego is facing Andrew Kapel a gent who is seeking revenge. In their previous match, he lost a close one in which he feels he got robbed. Photos: Jim Wyatt
The unbeaten Victor Saravia (r), has already beaten the likes of Andy Singh and Anthony Castrejon. His opponent tonight is Stan Mancebo (l).
Tough guy extraordinaire, Kevin Ross (41-12), who has sought out and fought the best Muay Thai fighters, is returning to competition after having ACL Surgery. His opponent on Friday night is Rungrat Sasiprapa.
At first Rungrat Sasiprapa of Bangkok, Thailand was a tad over weight .2 lbs..
Kevin Ross (l) of Dublin, Calif. and opponent Rungrat Sasiprapa (r) of Team Sasiprapa, Bangkok, Thailand pose for photos at the conclusion of their weigh-in.
Tiffany Van Soest (r) will be defending her women’s featherweight world title against Poland’s Martyna Krol (l). Photos: Jim Wyatt
Being on the shortside Tiffany “The Time Bomb” Van Soest is getting a reputation for being a giant killer.
Muay Thai legend Malaipet Sasiprapa will be going up against the always tough British sensation Liam Harrison shown here getting weighed.
Experience galore – Malaipet Sasiprapa (146-29-6, 23 KO’s) vs. Liam Harrison (74-18-2, 38 KO’s) is a non-title bout at 147 pounds.
Tickets are still available for Lion Fight 23 and can be purchased at www.pechanga.com or by contacting Pechanga’s Box Office at 1-877-711-2WIN. Tickets range in price from $50 to $100 per seat.
LION FIGHT 23 airs live on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello.
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