Lion Fight Muay Thai is fresh off a successful tenth show which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Joint on Friday night. Middleweight Yodsanklai Fairtex and Women’s Featherweight Tiffany van Soest were both crowned inaugural champions at the event.
On Monday morning, another first was announced for the Muay Thai organization when the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience will play host to Lion Fight 11.
The downtown 5-block tourist attraction will house the largest Muay Thai promotion in Northern America. It is expected that about 4,000 tickets will be available for the outdoor venue.
After the September 20 event was approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last month, Lion Fight 11 is moving their ring outdoors. As per the LVRJ report, it will take place in front of the Third Street Stage outside The D casino-hotel. Additionally, it will be the first sports event to ever be nationally televised on AXS TV live from the Fremont Street Experience.
Andrew Simon, AXS TV CEO, was a guest on MMA Fight Corner’s Lion Fight 10 preview show on Friday night and stated that AXS TV currently reaches 42 million homes in North America. He added what prosperous and action-packed promotion Lion Fight has been thus far.
“Lion Fight is really just taking over Las Vegas,” Simon said. “Scott Kent bascially put on this show in Las Vegas, my hometown. And at the end of the day I came out to about three or four shows before we even considered it for the network. He puts on some of the best stand up action in the world.”
“I saw this here in my own hometown live on a Friday night in our time slot, bringing in people from all around the globe like he’s doing. It’s some of the best stand up fighters in the world,” Simon added.
A high profile lightweight affair is already on tap for the fight card. Japanese Muay Thai champion Tetsuya Yamato will face a Las Vegas fan favorite, Kevin Ross.
Tickets range from $25 to $95 and are on sale online at www.theD.com or The D Box Office at 702-388-2111.