Lion Fight Promotions announced on Wednesday, March 1 that the co-main event for Lion Fight 35 featuring women’s lightweight champion Antonina Shevchenko has been cancelled.
Challenger Magali Foroni was unable to secure proper medicals in time and therefore the bout against Shevchenko had to be called off.
“It is an unfortunate occurrence and we are disappointed for Antonina and our fans,” said Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent. “But we are very excited about the rest of the card which includes the main event of Jo Nattawut defending his super welterweight title against Kengsiam. I think there is also a great deal of anticipation for the return of Chip Moraza-Pollard, who had such a tremendous debut at Lion Fight 33.”
Main Event: (c) “Smokin” Jo Nattawut (60-6-2) vs. Kengsiam Nor Sripueng (65-12-5) – Lion Fight super welterweight title
Nattawut looks to maintain his standing as a two-division champion as he puts his super welterweight belt on the line for the second time in three months. The Atlanta, Georgia, resident defeated Hasan Toy at Lion Fight 33 to maintain this belt – a victory that came just two weeks after he captured the middeweight title with a resounding unanimous decision over Malaipet Sasiprapa at Lion Fight 32 in Las Vegas. Kengsiam has an extensive pedigree of success in his native Thailand and is a two-time Max Muay Thai gold belt champion.
Naruepol “Mr. GQ” Fairtex (179-46-5) vs. Amadeu Cristiano (51-15) – middleweight
Sporting one of the iconic surnames in Muay Thai, Naruepol is a former Lumpinee Stadium champion and also boasts key victories in several other prestigious organizations and in a variety of notable tournaments including Kings Birthday and The Contender Asia. Naruepol now lives in California after moving from his native Thailand. Cristiano, who is originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and now lives in Boston, has a strong resume of his own with six wins coming in the Phetchbuncha Stadium event along with earning the Epic Muay Thai championship last year.
Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard (2-0) vs. Scott “King Nomad” Noble (1-0) – cruiserweight
Moraza-Pollard, a veteran mixed martial arts fighter, went back to his striking roots at Lion Fight 33 and made a massive impact with a lopsided decision victory over the much more experienced Brett Hlavacek. The performance by the Plymouth, Massachusetts, native earned substantial praise from the AXS TV Fights commentary duo of Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich. Noble hopes to follow the same path as Moraza-Pollard as he ventures away from MMA and towards Muay Thai.
Jeri “Fists of Fury” Sitzes (33-13) vs. Andra Aho (6-1) – women’s super bantamweight
Sitzes, who hails from Springfield, Missouri, returns to the organization following her loss to Iman Barlow in the inaugural Lion Fight women’s super bantamweight title bout. Aho further expands Lion Fight’s quest to find the best worldwide talent as she arrives for her debut from Tallinn, Estonia.
Yeison “Yayyoo” Berdugo (2-2) vs. Jafar “The Cookie Monster” Toshev (pro debut) – lightweight
Berdugo, who represents Providence, Rhode Island, returns to Foxwoods where he has rattled off two straight wins including a second-round knockout of Isaac Tijierina which earned him a spot on AXS TV Fights’ Top 10 Knockouts of 2016. Toshev, a native of Uzbekistan who now makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, makes his pro debut after a decorated run in the amateur ranks.