For Immediate Release:March 21, 2014
FOXWOODS JOINS FORCES WITH LION FIGHT FOR FIRST-EVER LION FIGHT EVENT ON THE EAST COAST – FRIDAY, MAY 23
LION FIGHT 15 LIVE FROM FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO MUAY THAI CHAMPION COSMO ALEXANDRE TAKES ON MARK HOLST ALSO: FORMER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION TIFFANY VAN SOEST, MUAY THAI CHAMPION KEVIN ROSS AND RISING STAR JASON ANDRADA ON TAP FOR LION FIGHT 15 LION FIGHT 15 WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON AXS TVAT 9:00 p.m.ET/6:00 p.m. PT
Tickets on Sale Saturday, March 29 at 10am ET through foxwoods.com LAS VEGAS – LION FIGHT Founder and CEO Scott Kent and Foxwoods Resort Casino are joining forces to bring Lion Fight’s hard-hitting world class Muay Thai action, for the first time ever, to fight fans on the East Coast. AXS TV broke the news on tonight’s edition of Inside MMA, revealing to viewers that LION FIGHT 15, featuring a main event matchup between World Muay Thai Champion and Brazilian MMA superstar Cosmo Alexandre and World Muay Thai Federation Champion and former UFC fighter Mark Holst, will take place live from Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Friday May 23. Tickets for LION FIGHT 15 will go on sale Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET starting at $25.00 and will be available online at www.foxwoods.com or by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available by visiting the Foxwoods box office. LION FIGHT 15 airs live on AXS TV starting at a special time, 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by legendary MMA fighter and coach Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello. This will be the eighth total LION FIGHT event on AXS TV and the second since renewing their broadcast deal in early 2014. “Fans have been asking us to bring Lion Fight’s world class Muay Thai events to the East coast for years,” said Kent. “We just needed the right venue and the right partner and we found both with Felix Rappaport and his team at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Every year Lion Fight makes bold moves to grow this sport and attract more and more fight fans to Muay Thai, and so we are very excited to bring Lion Fight 15 and this incredible Muay Thai experience to fans out East.” “Foxwoods is one of the entertainment and sports Capitals of the World, and when Scott Butera, our President and CEO, recently asked me to join his team, he tasked me with bringing in the top sporting events available, including Mixed Martial Arts and Muay Thai, which our customers love,” said Felix Rappaport, Senior Vice President and COO, Foxwoods Resort Casino. “LION FIGHT Muay Thai may be new to the East Coast, but it’s a huge hit in Las Vegas, offering some of the best standup athletes in the world, going toe-to-toe, in non-stop action. Fans of both Mixed Martial Arts and boxing will love it.” “We value our partnership with Lion Fight and are thrilled to present the best in Muay Thai fighting from the largest resort casino in North America,” said AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon. “We hope this broadcast is the first of many successful events for Lion Fight and Foxwoods on AXS TV.”
The 31-year old Brazilian fighting superstar Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre is the former World Muay Thai Council (WMC) Intercontinental Champion, It’s Showtime Champion and WMC/S1 Champion. He fights out of the famed Blackzilians training camp in Boca Raton, Florida and is a three-sport professional athlete, fighting in MMA, boxing and Muay Thai. He stands undefeated in boxing and is riding a five-fight win streak as a professional mixed martial artist. On May 23, Alexandre returns to the Lion Fight ring for this full rules Muay Thai mega-fight against Holst. “Muay Thai is my first love and I’m excited to give fight fans out East a great main event at Lion Fight 15,” said Alexandre. “I’m taking this fight seriously and don’t plan to let the judges decide. So don’t blink. This is Muay Thai, the action doesn’t stop and I’m going to give my fans a knockout.”
Canadian Mark “Boots” Holst is a former World Muay Thai Federation Champion and also a former UFC lightweight. He has been training since he was 17 years old and has earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate and a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. He is also a Certified Senior Kru by the Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. He is known for his aggression and trademark roundhouse kicks. He looks forward to taking on Alexandre, one of the biggest stars in Muay Thai, and showing fans he is ready to fight one of the greatest athletes in the sport.” “I am very excited to make my comeback to the Muay Thai ring,” said Holst. “I have always loved to fight Muay Thai rules and I will be doing so for the prestigious Lion Fight organization. It is a great honor for me to fight Cosmo Alexandre, I can’t wait to put on a show for everyone watching!”
The full rules Muay Thai LION FIGHT 15 event will take place inside Foxwoods’ Fox Theater Friday, May 23, 2014. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET; the first bout starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. The main card will start live on AXS TV at 9:00 p.m. ET.
LION FIGHT 15 also features the return of former Lion Fight Featherweight Champion Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest, Muay Thai Champion Kevin Ross and rising star Jason Andrada.
Please visit LIONFIGHT.com for news, information and event updates, and follow on Twitter @LIONFIGHT. About Muay ThaiMuay Thai is a combat sport from the Muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline, which includes combat on foot, is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when Muay Thai practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts. The professional sport of Muay Thai is governed by the World Muay Thai Council.
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. Lion Fight’s full rules Muay Thai events are televised live nationally to over 42 million homes as part of AXS TV’s long-running Friday Night Fights series. The company 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 FightsAXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and Muay Thai 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 10pE/7pP.
AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebookand 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.
® Resort CasinoFoxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.
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