LION FIGHT 65 PRIMER
Lion Fight 65
UFC FIGHT PASS (8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT)
Salina, Kansas, USA
Co-Main Event: Taylor “Tay-Tay” McClatchie (18-1) vs. Angela “Riptide” Whitley (11-2)
Lion Fight Women’s North American Lightweight Title – 132 lbs. / 59.9 kg
The inaugural North American championship in this division pits two highly accomplished fighters – both in and out of the ring – against each other. McClatchie, who hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, holds a master’s degree in cellular molecular medicine and is a research scientist, while Whitley is completing her PhD in environmental science. For Whitley, who is originally from La Perla, Puerto Rico, and now fights out of Killeen, Texas, USA, this will be her second crack at a Lion Fight title after going five rounds and falling short against reigning Women’s World Welterweight champion Jorina Baars.
Co-Main Event: Jake “Lee” Peacock (4-0) vs. Kaleb Hunter (4-0)
Lion Fight North American Super Welterweight Title – 150 lbs. / 68.0 kg
After missing out on Lion Fight’s debut event on UFC Fight Pass due to illness, worldwide sensation Peacock will make his much-anticipated return to action. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada, product has finished all four of previous opponents by KO/TKO, including his most-recent outing when he took out Lee Walton in Ireland. He’ll face a stiff opponent in Hunter, who fights out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, and has his sights set on derailing Peacock.
Doug Holland (3-1) vs. Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore (1-1)
Heavyweight – 235 lbs. / 106.6 kg
Both fighters have intentions on making themselves known in Lion Fight’s blossoming heavyweight division. Holland, who fights out of Providence, Rhode Island, USA, has split his two previous ventures inside the Lion Fight ring, while this bout marks the organizational debut for “Big Kansas” Gallemore, a combat sports veteran who will have a sizeable fan base on hand as he competes near his hometown of Eskridge.
Jefferson Silva (19-2) vs. Ian Greer (5-1)
Middleweight – 154 lbs. / 69.9 kg
It’s a pair of promotional newcomers squaring off in a showdown to see who will take the next step up in the division. Silva is originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, but now lives in San Antonio, Texas, USA, where he is a training partner of Lion Fight light heavyweight contender Washington Dos Santos. Greer had fought exclusively in Thailand before returning home to Egan, Minnesota, and he is widely considered to be one of the top emerging American talents in Muay Thai.
Adrian Weathersby (4-1) vs. Shahriar Zolfaghari (2-0)
Cruiserweight – 180 lbs. / 81.7 kg
More young talent gets its opportunity to shine with another pair of newcomers going head-to-head. Weathersby, who fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, brings an unorthodox style into the ring, while Zolfaghari, who is originally from Iran but now lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA, has flashed his power with back-to-back knockout wins.