Current champions Yodsanklai Fairtex & Jorina Baars return to America




Tickets on Sale Saturday, July 19 at 12:00 p.m. PT through

LAS VEGAS, NV – Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight, today announced that two reigning Lion Fight champions and two of the biggest stars in the sport, Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars, will top the card for LION FIGHT 18 live from the Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Friday, September 5.

Inside MMA was the first to reveal that LION FIGHT 18 will feature two championship title fights, with Fairtex headlining and Baars competing in the co-main event. Both champions will attempt to defend their titles for the first time.

Tickets for LION FIGHT 18 are on sale Saturday, July 19 starting at 12:00 p.m. PT through Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, online at or by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. The full rules Muay Thai LION FIGHT 18 event will take place at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, Sept. 5. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT; the first bout starts at 5:00 p.m.

LION FIGHT 18 will be broadcast live on AXS TV, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT) with play-by-play and commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and Michael “The Voice” Schiavello.

“Lion Fight is bringing two of the best Muay Thai fighters, Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars, back to the U.S. for LION FIGHT 18 at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas,” said Kent. “In the world of Muay Thai, no name is bigger than Yodsanklai Fairtex and to have him fight on the same night as Jorina Baars, who just defeated the ‘baddest woman on the planet, Cris ‘Cyborg,’ makes LION FIGHT 18 a mega-fight for fans everywhere.”

Fairtex won the men’s middleweight title at LION FIGHT 10, scoring a unanimous decision over his opponent, Chike Lindsay, while putting on display his world class Muay Thai techniques and style. Fairtex has fought twice for Lion Fight and remains undefeated with wins over Lindsay and French Muay Thai Champion Gregory Choplin.
“I am looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for my first title defense at LION FIGHT 18,” said Fairtex. “I give my thanks to my fans for their support and to Scott Kent and Christine Toledo for giving me another chance to show millions of Americans what my country’s sport is all about.”

Lion Fight’s women’s welterweight champion Jorina Baars is on tap for LION FIGHT 18’s co-main event title fight. She last fought at LION FIGHT 14 against one of the biggest stars in combat sports, Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and shocked and impressed fight fans with a dominant performance and unanimous victory over the Brazilian Muay Thai and MMA standout.

“This is my sport,” said Baars upon defeating Cyborg and claiming the first ever Lion Fight welterweight title in the women’s division. “Whoever Lion Fight puts in front of me on September 5th, I will do the same. I’ve been fighting my whole life. No one is going to take this title from me.”

More bouts for LION FIGHT 18 will be announced soon.

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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 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. Sponsored by Singha Beer, the exclusive and official beer of Lion Fight, its full rules Muay Thai events are televised live nationally to over 43 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.

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, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada and the Caribbean.

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 Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.


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