pictured: Yodsanklai Fairtex credit: Bernie Palmore
Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent announced Tuesday that Yodsanklai Fairtex will battle Chike Lindsay at Lion Fight 10 in the main event for the Lion Fight World Middleweight Championship. Fairtex makes his return to fight in North America on Friday, July 26 at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. AXS TV will present “LION FIGHT 10” starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
“I set 2013 as the year for Muay Thai to thrive in America, and the time when Lion Fight would establish itself as the premier organization in the sport,” said Kent. “I think Lion Fight 10’s main event between Yodsanklai Fairtex and Chike Lindsay is not only thrilling for fight fans, it also legitimately establishes another undisputed Muay Thai champion for the Lion Fight organization. I’m excited as everyone else for this card and am looking at adding yet another championship fight. We are also signing more fighters to long-term contracts with Lion Fight and will be making those announcements soon.”
Tickets for Lion Fight’s full rules Muay Thai event “LION FIGHT 10” are on sale now and available for purchase through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Fairtex’s (183-71-4) much hyped North American debut came against Gregory Choplin in the main event of Lion Fight 8. In the third round, Fairtex finished Choplin by KO.
“When Scott Kent asked me to come back to Las Vegas and fight for the Lion Fight middleweight title, I didn’t hesitate to say yes,” said Fairtex. “I’m excited to fight Chike Lindsay, he’s a champion and I respect him as my opponent and for taking this fight. I hope America welcomes me back this summer, and that everyone watches my fight on July 26 – I can’t wait for Lion Fight 10 and to fight for the belt.”
Lindsay (21-4) started training Muay Thai in 2003 and less than five months later won his first United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA) amateur championship title. In 2006, Lindsay went pro and fought through the Muay Thai super welterweight division. In addition to defeating greats Mukai Moromo, Matee “Dragon Leg” Jedeepatik, and Malaipet, he also won the WBC International championship and the International Muay Thai Organization’s (IMTO) championship title in this division.
“I’m honored to headline Lion Fight 10 and to fight Yodsanklai Fairtex,” said Lindsay. “He’s a legend in Muay Thai and everyone knows he’s one of the greatest fighters in our sport, but on July 26th I’m going to be better and I can’t wait to prove it.”
The co-main event features “The Soul Assassin” Kevin Ross who has won his last two fights over Bernie Mendieta at LION FIGHT 9 and Chris Kwiatkowski at LION FIGHT 8. Ross is a two-time WBC Muay Thai Champion and will be facing Canadian Muay Thai prodigy Matt Embree.
Also on the card, “The Yard’s” Joe Schilling will meet Charles Byrd. And the undefeated Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest takes on Lucy Payne in a women’s bantamweight bout.