Full Rules Muay Thai on UFC Calendar for July 4th Fireworks

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Thailand’s Rungravee Banchaemek Sasiprapa will make his Lion Fight debut.

Rungravee Banchaemek Sasiprapa (Right) vs. Kunitaka Fujiwara.  Photo by Joséphine Runneboom.

Rungravee Banchaemek Sasiprapa (Right) vs. Kunitaka Fujiwara. Photo by Joséphine Runneboom.

Headliners Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson will battle for Lion Fight’s first ever Super Lightweight Championship.

Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest will also be featured in the Co-Main Event.


Scott Kent broke new ground for the sport of Muay Thai in America and his LION FIGHT organization by joining with the UFC, for the first time ever, to present a world class full Muay Thai rules event, LION FIGHT 16, as part of the   UFC’s International Fight Week taking place in Las Vegas July 1 – 6. UFC President Dana White and Kent, LION FIGHT Founder and CEO, announced that LION FIGHT 16 will take place live Friday, July the 4th from The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort. It will be presented on the UFC’s roster of fan events and activities taking place in the city’s hottest venues and clubs throughout the holiday weekend.

Kevin Ross (Right) vs. Kittichai Churat Sasiprapa.  Photo by Scott Hirano.

Kevin Ross (Right) vs. Kittichai Churat Sasiprapa. Photo by Scott Hirano.

Kent also announced the main event match-up for LION FIGHT 16, introducing a new championship division, with America’s world ranked Kevin Ross battling Australia’s Michael Thompson for the Lion Fight World Super Lightweight Championship. Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross fights out of Dublin, CA by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s earned 27 career wins with nine knockouts on his record. The 5’10” fighter is currently ranked 10th in the world by the WBC for Muay Thai in the Super-Lightweight Division (140 lbs., 63.503 kg). Among Kevin’s titles are the Super Light Weight (140 pounds) WBC International championship title, the Welterweight (147 pounds) WBC USA National championship title, the FIDAM Welterweight championship of Mexico and the United States Muay Thai Federation (USMF) Welterweight champion title.

Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson, an Australian Intercontinental and World Muay Thai Champion, has racked up 34 wins and 17 knockouts at just 24 years old. He favors the aggressive Western style of Muay Thai with heavy elbows and fast punching power. Last year, he defeated Thai superstar Pornsanae Sitmonchai. It was a pivotal career win that proved his skill and established him as one of the fastest rising stars in the sport.

Tiffany Van Soest (Left) vs. Vivian Leung.  Photo by Ray Kasprowicz.

Tiffany Van Soest (Left) vs. Vivian Leung. Photo by Ray Kasprowicz.

“In honor of our first event in conjunction with the UFC, we are stacking LION FIGHT 16 with the best of the best in Muay Thai…Our former lightweight champion and the hardest working fighter in the women’s division, Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest, will compete in our co-main event.” Fighting out of Blue Ocean Muay Thai in San Diego, Tiffany Van Soest is the former Lion Fight lightweight champion with a professional Muay Thai record of 8-1-1. She started her martial arts training when she was just eight years old with the U.S. Karate Organization in Riverside, California. She earned a second-degree black belt at age 17. After winning consecutive USKA State, National, and World karate titles, she began training in Muay Thai. Van Soest also grew up as a soccer player. She played two seasons for Cal State San Marcos, while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and certifications in personal training.

And for the first time ever, Rungravee Banchaemek Sasiprapa will fight inside the Lion Fight ring – this is a fast rising star in Muay Thai and someone that our fans have been asking us to bring to America. On Friday, July the 4th, the stars of Muay Thai are coming to Las Vegas. They’re ready to kick off the fireworks extravaganza.”

Tickets for LION FIGHT 16 are on sale NOW starting at $25 and are available for purchase through   Ticketmaster. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Pearl at the Palms box office. (Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges).

LION FIGHT 16 airs live on AXS TV starting at 6:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by Pat Miletich alongside sports commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello.

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