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Lion Fight 27 – RESULTS + PICTURES

This past Friday, January 29th, 2016, Lion Fight Promotions headed to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California to once again showcase the best in the sport of Muay Thai at Lion Fight 27. Their were a total of 10 fights at the event with 4 amateur bouts and 5 pro bouts, two of which were title fights. It was a night where every fight went the distance but that did not take away from the fact that pretty much every fight was exciting and action-packed. There were no duds at Lion Fight 27.

The night was not without controversy however, as rising star Gaston Bolaños (7-1) put his young undefeated record on the line against Kronphet Phetrachapet, a Thai veteran with over 100 fights. Bolaños was no doubt aware that Kronphet was a step up in competition but he sure did not fight that way. He put on a Muay Thai display that was well beyond his experience and for many in attendance and watching around the world it seemed he had done more than enough to win the fight. However, in a surprising decision, the judges awarded the bout to the Thai via split decision. The consensus across social media and for those in attendance was that the 23 year old Peruvian born sensation, Gaston Bolaños had been robbed. We also scored the fight for Bolaños.

In the other fights of the night Tiffany Van Soest became a two division Lion Fight champion with a win over Canadian fighter, Ashley Nichols. Nichols did not go down without a fight and took Van Soest the distance but Van Soest was simply too quick, too elusive, and too mobile for the Canadian out of MAS Muay THai in Cambridge, Ontario.

In the main event of the evening, Fabio Pinca defended his Lion Fight welterweight title, fighting a game but outgunned Charlie “Boy” Peters. Peters showed resilience and determination to not get finished but it was one way traffic from Round 2 as Pinca ran roughshod over Peters, tossing the Englishman around the ring and landing significant kicks, punches, elbows, and knees seemingly at will.

All in all it was yet another successful night of fights for Lion Fight Promotions who continues to showcase that they are without a doubt the top Muay Thai promotion in the U.S. and only growing. Lion Fight promotions heads to the East Coast for their next event on February 26th as they head to the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for what already looks like an absolutely stacked event.

Below are the full results of the evening as well as photographs of the event taken by The Striking Corner’s new official photographer, Victor Alvarez.

FULL RESULTS:

Fabio Pinca def. Charlie Peters by Unanimous Decision
Tiffany Van Soest def. Ashley Nichols by Unanimous Decision
Kronphet Phetrachapet def. Gaston Bolanos by Split Decision
Brian Del Rosario def. Chris Culley by Unanimous Decision
Anvar Boynazarov def. Coke Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision
Travis Clay def. Jared Papazian by Unanimous Decision
Spenser Mix def. James Gregory by Unanimous Decision
Bee Nguyen def. Gabi Maxwell by Unanimous Decision
Carlos Dagieu def. J.J. Madrid by Unanimous Decision
Susan Wallace def. Monica Teran by Unanimous Decision

Photos by Victor Alvarez

Lion Fight 13 – Van Soest vs. Reece in Pictures

Lion Fight 13 took place on Friday, Feb. 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada. MTiL photographer Chad Hill was on hand to capture all the exciting Muay Thai action of a stellar fight card that featured American sensation Tiffany Van Soest vs. Caley Reece in what was the first time two ladies headlined a Lion Fight Promotions card. Also on the program was a highly anticipated co-main event rematch between the “Soul Assassin” Kevin Ross and Canada’s Matt Embree. Besides the two blockbuster matchup’s Lion Fight 13 was a solid card that featured bouts such as Coke Chunawat vs Rami Ibrahim and Jason Andrada vs Andy Sing among others. Check out the amazing shots Chad took of all the action!

Battle in the Desert 5 Photos by Galen Okazaki + Weigh In Pics from Jeff Dojillo!

MTiL’s very own Galen Okazaki was once again our go to guy to capture all of the action at this past weekend’s Lion fight Promotions “Battle in the Desert 5” event! As always Galen snapped away and captured some great shots of all the action that took place inside the Lion Fight ring. Along with Galen’s pics we have also featured a few pics from the events weigh ins that were captured by our good friend, the very talented Jef Dojillo. Some of you may know Jeff, as he is the mind behind the exceptional “Into the Fight” series. Jeff is another one of our talented friends and also captured some great shots of the action at Lion Fight. In the Gallery below you will see Galen’s pics as well as the pics Jeff snapped at the weigh-ins.

If you wish to see the other images Jeff snapped at “Battle in the Desert 5” please make sure you check out his blog at Jeff Dojillo Photography. Enjoy the pics!

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