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Lion Fight 64 Primer

UFC FIGHT PASS (4:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET)

Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

Main Event: Steve “Put Em To Sleep” Walker (8-0) vs. Brian “The Lion” Collette (27-5)

Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight Title – 205 lbs.

Two-belt champion Walker puts his North American championship on the line. The reigning and undefeated World champion, who fights out of Boston, Massachusetts, has rumbled through every opponent in his path, including a dominant five-round decision over Chris Bradford to win the World title as well as back-to-back knockouts against Kristaps Zile and Bader Ferdaous in a pair of superfights. Collette, who hails from Norfolk, Virginia, makes his organizational debut, replacing original opponent Marcus Sursa who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury. Collette holds a pair of notable victories over Myron Dennis.

Cody “The Freight Train” East (5-1) vs. Warren “Destroyer” Thompson (10-8)

Lion Fight North American Heavyweight Title Tournament Semifinal – 265 lbs. max.

East, the tournament’s top seed, looks to punch his ticket to the title fight. The combat sports veteran from Albuquerque, New Mexico, earned a controversial five-round decision victory over Joe Stripling in a Fight of the Year candidate at Lion Fight 54. Thompson, who fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, makes his promotional debut moving up in weight and seeking an upset.

“Bazooka” Joe Stripling (5-1) vs. Terrance “El Jefe” Hodges (6-1)

Lion Fight North American Heavyweight Title Tournament Semifinal – 265 lbs. max.

One of the promotion’s most-popular figures, Stripling, who hails from Wilmington, Delaware, rebounded from his loss to East by withstanding an early storm and then taking out Mirza Hopovac with a second-round TKO at Lion Fight 58. Fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, Hodges arrives on the Lion Fight scene after several significant knockout wins, including a first-round head-kick stoppage of Chris Barnett.

Cody Carrillo (8-3) vs. Chance Thackston (3-1)

Super Middleweight – 165 lbs.

Two of Kansas’ most-popular fighters square-off in a showdown marking the organizational debuts for both combat sports veterans.

Andy “The CrAsian” Nguyen (1-1) vs. “The Lovely” Crystal Van Wyk (pro debut)

Women’s Flyweight – 110 lbs.

Two of the most-stylish fighters in the business meet in a matchup that the pair of been wanting for quite some time. Fighting out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Nguyen, who is well-known for her elaborate ring entrances, makes her return to action after suffering a broken arm in her organizational debut. Van Wyk, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, steps into the Lion Fight ring for the first time looking to make an impression against her rival.

Michael “Iron Boy” Triana (6-1) vs. Cody “Black Shark” Moberly (23-15)

Lightweight – 135 lbs.

Triana, who hails from Worcester, Massachusetts, turned in a Fight of the Year candidate in his last outing, taking an action-packed, five-round verdict from Joseph Mueller in front of his home-town fans at Lion Fight 58. Moberly moves up in weight fighting in front of his fan base in Kansas. The Wichita native is best-known for his pivotal role in the Showtime documentary Prison Fights.


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