Lion Fight continues to bulk up its roster ahead of its hotly anticipated return from the shutdown due to the global pandemic.
Colorful fan favorite and heavyweight title hopeful “Bazooka” Joe Stripling heads a trio of fighters signed to new multi-bout exclusive contracts beginning in 2021. Stripling (5-1) last stepped inside the Lion Fight in August 2019 and notched an impressive second-round knockout win over Mirza Hopovac.
The Wilmington, Delaware, product was part of Lion Fight history when he made his organizational debut in April 2019. He battled Cody East in Lion Fight’s first-ever heavyweight division bout and two went on to have a Fight of the Year contender in a riveting back-and-forth war.
“Joe was a part of putting the heavyweight division on the map in Lion Fight and we are excited to see a lot more of him,” said Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent. “One thing about Joe is you know that you are going to see an all-action fight whenever he gets in the ring.
“He is Lion Fight’s version of ‘Big Country’ Roy Nelson – a giant personality, an enormous physical presence, and a devastating fighter. He may have started out as ‘Bazooka’ Joe but he’s ‘Big City’ Joe now.”
Another familiar name has agreed to a new contract with Lion Fight as well. Welterweight Marc Entenberg also made his organizational debut at the same event as Stripling, coming away a winner in his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Entenberg earned a third-round TKO that night as the 27-year-old battered cross-town rival Sean Baca with a spectacular barrage of leg kicks. Since then, Entenberg (4-2) has competed twice in Thailand and upped his record with head-kick knockout.
The third addition to the Lion Fight roster is newcomer Adrian Weathersby, a 25-year-old undefeated light heavyweight from Atlanta, Georgia.
Weathersby (4-0) picked up the nickname “The Matrix” as he created a fighting style that incorporates his vast background in martial arts. His 15-victory stint in the amateur ranks was highlighted by three title wins.
“Marc showed a very exciting style in his debut and we are intrigued to see what he can bring stepping up in competition,” added Kent. “Adrian is a bright prospect and as always we are looking for new talent that brings a certain amount of flare to the ring.”