Live on Friday, February 7, 2014 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino of Las Vegas.
MAIN EVENT: Van Soest vs. Reece for the Lion Fight Women’s Featherweight Championship and first ever female headliner at Lion Fight 13 on AXS.TV.
Andy Singh vs. Jason Andrada
Coke Chunhawat vs. Rami Ibrahim – Rematch
Matt Embree vs. Kevin Ross – Rematch
Daniel Kim vs. Josh Shepard
Nick Chasteen vs. Jonathan Del Rosario
In the fierce world of women’s fighting, Lion Fight will step up in 2014 to give two of the best standup fighters in the world top honors as the first ever females to headline a Lion Fight event. Reigning featherweight champion Tiffany Van Soest will go for a second successful title defense against Australian Muay Thai Champion Caley Reece at Lion Fight 13.
Van Soest (8-0-1) fights out of Blue Ocean Thai Boxing in San Diego, California. She became the first ever women’s Lion Fight featherweight champion at LION FIGHT 10 with a show-stopping first round TKO of Lucy Payne. The fast-rising Muay Thai star and fan favorite Van Soest will look to increase her perfect record yet again against Australian Muay Thai World Champion Caley Reece.
“Every fighter dreams of fighting in the main event title fight, and to have this opportunity – especially as a woman – is a dream come true,” said Van Soest. “What means even more to me as a fighter is challenging myself against the best. I want that super hard battle to see what I am really made of and I know I will get that with Caley. I am looking forward to a tough fight and to my hand being raised at the end. Thank you Scott Kent and Caley Reece for this awesome event February the 7th in Las Vegas!”
Multiple Muay Thai World Champion Caley Reece is no stranger in the world of fighting. Considered one of the greatest fighters in standup sports, the Australian native has held three World Muay Thai Council (WMC) titles and fought as a professional kickboxer. She is a legend in standup and has the experience, confidence and aggression to challenge the undefeated Van Soest for the Lion Fight featherweight strap.
“When Lion Fight called me about this title fight, I was immediately excited because I have what it takes to beat Tiffany Van Soest and take this belt back to Australia,” said Reece. “She is a talented, young fighter but I’ve got years of ring experience and my winning strategy already figured out. I look forward to coming to America and to this championship fight at Lion Fight 13.”
LION FIGHT 13 also features two much anticipated rematches. Kevin Ross vs. Matt Embree and Coke Chunhawat vs. Rami Ibrahim 2. Ross and Embree first fought at Lion Fight 10 in a battle for North American super lightweight bragging rights. Embree won a unanimous decision. Now, on February the 7th, Kevin Ross looks to reclaim his standing, while Canada’s Embree plans to remain on top of the North American rankings.
Chunhawat first fought Ibrahim in November of 2011 as a Lion Fight co-main event. Despite both fighters knocking each other down (Coke’s knockdown of Ibrahim was ruled a controversial slip, not a knockdown), the five round fight was so action-packed that one of the judges ruled it a draw. The two other judges both scored the fight for Coke, resulting in a majority decision. Now, two years later, these fighters meet in a “winner takes all” (winner earns both fighter prize purses) rematch.
Kicking off the first fight on the main card, Las Vegan Jason Andrada returns to the Lion Fight stage, following his thrilling elbow to the chin KO over Mohammed Lemjerdine at LION FIGHT 12. Andrada goes against New York City’s Andy Singh, the incumbent WBC U.S. National Champion. Just back from Thailand, Andy might just well be the best pound-for-pound in North America. This one will be watched for the next promising American talent on the world scene.
Las Vegas local Josh Shepard, who last fought Damien Earley to a majority decision win at LION FIGHT 8, will take on San Francisco’s Daniel Kim, who makes his Lion Fight debut in the second nationally televised fight of the night.
Also on the live card for LION FIGHT 13 is seven-time amateur Muay Thai champion Nick Chasteen, who makes an immediate return to the ring following his successful professional debut at LION FIGHT 12. Chasteen earned a unanimous decision victory over Chris Culley on November 1st and now looks to improve his pro record to 2-0 in February.
LION FIGHT 13 will take place at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, February 7, 2014. The main card fights will be broadcast nationally on AXS TV. Tickets for this full rules Muay Thai event are on sale now through Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.
For additional information on Lion Fight, visit LionFight.com, Facebook.com/LionFightMuayThai and follow on Twitter @LionFight.
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 owner and 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. Lion Fight’s full rules Muay Thai events are televised live nationally to over 42 million homes as part of AXS TV’s long-running Friday Night Fights series. The company is dedicated to growing Muay Thai in America and to presenting world-class events stacked with the best fighters in the sport.
About AXS TV Fights
AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
AXS TV Fights can be found online at www.axs.tv/programs/fights/, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/axstvfights and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/axstvfights.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú Asian restaurant; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.