Lion Fight Promotions CEO Scott Kent is excited about his upcoming event Lion Fight 7 Muay Thai, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 13, which is a full rules Muay Thai card. When he joined the MMA Fight Corner on Wednesday night, he promised a high octane battle in the main event, a catchweight fight at 180lbs between Joe “Stitch em Up” Schilling and Eddie “Showtime” Walker.
Schilling has been fighting since he was 17 years old. His opponent, Walker out of Alanta, GA, has more of a “Rocky story” as Kent put it. “This guy’s coming from more of a regional fight base and he’s been dreaming of fighting Vegas and this is a big opportunity. We’re very excited about this fight.”
In addition to the fight having full rules muay thai, the two fighters are both aggressive and will be looking to finish. “[Walker] says he’s going to bring it. His history he’s a knockout artist, I don’t think you’ll see a lot of technique in this fight. I think both guys are really going to come to bring and that’s always been Joe’s reputation also,” Kent said. “One of the things we really wanted to focus on in this fight was to put together wars.”
As for the main card, Gregory Choplin, one of the top kickboxers in France will face off against Canadian Joseph Valtellini who has knockout power and unrelenting style. Jeri Sitzes and Tiffany van Soest will also face off in the main card. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of these fights don’t go the distance,” Kent admitted.
Though not everyone is talking about it, Kent is sees a resurgence in Muay Thai coming forth. “I think that’s where our company plays so well, especially being here in Vegas,” Kent said. “We’ve always tried to focus on that we’re not going to compete with Mixed Martial Arts. We have a niche market for people that like stand up fighting. You’ve mentioned K-1, I think what we’ve focused on to really distinguish ourselves is the elbows and the clinches and what’s really different about that. If you look over the history of K-1, seven, eight years ago when they were very popular, it would have been difficult to have Muay Thai.”
Kent said that even television has picked up interest and he has hopes to put Muay Thai into the mainstream media very soon. “We’ve got a couple things cooking right now. I don’t want to talk about them until we have a contract signed, but we’ve got some interest.”
The Lion Fight 7 event will start at 5pm PT in the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 4pm PT. Call 800-745-3000 for tickets or visit Ticketmaster.com