“Smokin” Jo Nattawut will once again put his illustrious Lion Fight super welterweight title on the line when he battles Lumpinee Stadium champion Yodpayak “Tua” Sitsongpeenong at Lion Fight 29 as North America’s premier Muay Thai promotion returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday, May 27th.
Tickets for Lion Fight 29 go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, March 25th at http://www.foxwoods.com or by calling 800-200-2882 or by visiting the Foxwoods Box Offices.
The main card will air live on AXS TV Fights with a special start time of 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. with commentary from renowned duo “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich.
“Our main event for Lion Fight 29 pits two unbelievably talented fighters in the ring against each other – a gifted and accomplished champion against a brilliantly skilled challenger,” said Scott Kent, President & CEO of Lion Fight.
“The championship fight is also Thai vs Thai which makes the clash even more significant. With that comes an inherent rivalry, a clash of styles, and a burning desire to show who has the better abilities. The best part is that the fans will be the benefactors as they get to see an incredible world title fight.”
Nattawut (56-5-2) returns to the Lion Fight ring on the heels of retaining his title with a victory over Cedric Manhoef at Lion Fight 28. Nattawut, who fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, capitalized early and then used superior defense and speed to dominate his way to a unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46).
Following a victory over Cosmo Alexandre, Nattawut was crowned champion at Lion Fight 22 with a dominating decision win over Salah Khalifa. He defended his newly won title at Lion Fight 24 by way a third-round TKO finish of Charlie Peters.
Thailand’s Yodpayak (born Waranat Ponnikom) comes to Lion Fight on a tremendous run of success. He opened his 2016 campaign with a victory over Russia’s Mogomed Zaynukov, and then continued his winning ways by claiming the Lumpinee Stadium super welterweight championship with a five-round win over Sirimongkol Sitniwat.
Yodpayak (138-39-2) notched three impressive victories in 2015, taking decisions from Tengnueng Sitjaesairung and Fahmongkol SJ Danrayong, plus a third-round knockout of Teedet Sitjakoong. The 23-year-old is also the reigning Omnoi Stadium super welterweight champion.
Yodpayak’s teammate Dechsakda “Num” Sitsongpeenong will also be in the lineup for Lion Fight 29 as he steps up in weight to face former Lion Fight lightweight champion Ognjen Topic.
Dechsakda (born Wanathep Nupan), a former Lumpinee Stadium super bantamweight champion, is ranked #2 in the world by both Lumpinee Stadium and WBC Muay Thai. Dechsakda (66-27-4) started 2016 off with a five-round verdict in a rematch with Wancha A. Bunchuay. The 22-year-old posted three wins in 2015, earning decision victories over Ploywittaya Moosapanmai, Pateng Kiatponthip, and Bunchuay.
Topic (17-6) lost his crown at Lion Fight 28 when he was stopped by new champion Sergio Wielzen (42-9-2) in Round 3 after sustaining a deep cut over his eye courtesy of a vicious elbow. Topic, who fights out of Lodi, New Jersey, originally won the lightweight title at Lion Fight 24 when he took a unanimous decision from Stephen Meleady. A mindful tactician in the ring, Topic (Twitter: @TopicOFC) was Muay Thai Authority’s Pro Rookie of the Year in 2011 and went on to win WBC and WKA titles along with numerous “Fight of the Night” honors.
More main card fights as well as the undercard will be announced shortly.
Lion Fight 29 was originally schedule to take place at Pechanga Resort & Casino but due to ongoing renovations, Lion Fight will be rescheduling all its 2016 events slated for the resort to new locations. Lion Fight is expected to return to Pechanga next year.
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About Lion Fight Promotions
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lion Fight Promotions, LLC is the world’s premier Muay Thai organization. Founded in 2010 by Chief Executive Officer Scott Kent, Lion Fight is the most active promoter of Muay Thai events and stands as the largest standup combat sports organization in North America. Sponsored by Singha Beer, the exclusive and official beer of Lion Fight, its full Muay Thai rules events are televised live nationally to over 45 million homes as part of AXS TV’s long-running Friday Night Fights series. The first-ever professional combat sports organization to be included on the UFC International Fight Week schedule of events, Lion Fight is dedicated to growing Muay Thai in America and to presenting world-class events stacked with the best fighters in the sport.
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About AXS TV Fights
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