A straight look at the win-loss records would show that Jared Tipton might not stack up that well against John Nofer when the two stand across the ring from each other at Lion Fight 29.
Tipton would like to advise not to let the contrasting numbers carry you to an early judgement. He might have a mere 1-1 mark while Nofer sports a striking 7-1 log, but don’t be fooled. Or, if you choose, go ahead and let the decidedly different records make the decision for you. Tipton will offer his detractors the same statement he’ll give his opponent when they meet on Friday, May 27th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino.
“Nofer certainly has an experience advantage. He’s fought and beaten some of the top guys in the division. I respect him for that but I believe he is in for a surprise,” touted Tipton.
“I want to be the best and there’s no better time to prove it. Some people are afraid to fight him but I’m not in this sport for easy wins. Nobody really knows who I am yet but they are about to find out.”
For starters, Tipton was born and raised, and still lives in Maryland. After a brief time working at a trucking company, he made the fight game his full-time career as a competitor, personal trainer and coach based out of Level Up Boxing and Fitness. His passion for fighting started as a teenager with MMA and eventually moved to Muay Thai. It was onward and upward from there.
“All I wanted to do was fight and I was able to get fights in Muay Thai and kickboxing so I took them and immediately fell in love with the sport,” he said. “I’ve been at it since I was about 16 or 17, and me and my coach Jason Farrell pretty much clicked right away. I knew he was the perfect coach for me. Through ups and downs, he’s had my back and now here I am shoving my foot in the door of the biggest Muay Thai promotion out there. All I’ve ever wanted to do was be a professional fighter and now that’s exactly what I’m doing – living out my dream to the best of my ability.”
Much has gone right for Tipton as he definitely seems like a guy who is happy with his current career path. But it hasn’t always gone smoothly. Tipton lost his pro debut, a fourth-round TKO setback to a rival he’s previously lost to as an amateur. It was a result hindered by the fact Tipton had broken his thumb early in the second round of the bout. After that, three perspective fights were cancelled and a fourth was waved off the day of the weigh-in when the schedule opponent showed up 15 pounds over the contracted weight and sporting a nasty cut over his eye. Thankfully, a prior opponent from the amateur ranks stepped up on super-short notice, giving Tipton a chance to get back into action. He responded with a first-round TKO finish.
Tipton is putting Nofer and everyone else on notice that while there’s been those ups and down in his career, he’s now bringing his best skills and hardened instincts into the Lion Fight ring.
“I’m a fun guy and a big kid at heart who plays video games, board games and love to joke around, but when I’m in that ring it’s all business,” he said. “My strengths and advantages are that I just keep coming no matter what and with speed and precision.
“I work very hard. This is what I do, this is my dream and I will never give up in the ring. You have to stop me because I’m not backing down.”
The Tipton-Nofer matchup is part of the six-fight main card slated for Lion Fight 29 which is topped by a super welterweight title bout pitting reigning Lion Fight champion ‘Smokin’ Jo Nattawut against former WBC title-holder Armin Pumpanmuang. The lineup also includes a tilt featuring former Lion Fight lightweight champ Ognjen Topic against onetime Lumpinee Stadium champion Dechsakda Sitsongpeenong.
Tickets for Lion Fight 29 are on sale now 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.

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