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Lion Fight Promotions has announced its first event for 2017. Lion Fight 34 will be held at the newly-renovated Tropicana Resort Casino on Feb. 3 and the show is slated to be loaded with international flavor.
Anchoring the event will be Regian Eersel making the first defense of his super middleweight title against 2014 Best of Siam champ Samy Sana (86-3). Eersel (44-4) exploded on the American scene back at Lion Fight 29 when he torched Jo Nattawut with a head kick in the fourth of a non-title affair. At Lion Fight 33, “The Immortal” clobbered Jake Purdy by finishing him with knees in the second.
Also slated for the bill is women’s super bantamweight champion Iman Barlow (84-5-3) defending her title against Meryum Uslu (39-9-1). Middleweights Gabriel Mazzetti and Nick Chasteen will collide, as will Anthony Njokuani and Chris Harrington in a super middleweight tussle. The promotion also announced that Diego Llamas will face River Daz and Kronphet Phetrachapat will take on Kevin Burmester.
“When you can put champions like Regian Eersel and Iman Barlow on the same card alongside rising stars like Gabriel Mazzetti and Diego Llamas,it is already a stellar lineup,” said Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent. “Then you add global sensations like Samy Sana and Chris Harrington, and that raises the bar even higher.”
Lion Fight 34 will air live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Additional bouts will be announced soon.
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Glory Kickboxing announced last week that Chicago will serve as the host City for Glory 38. The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, just outside of Chicago, will house the event on Feb. 24.
Headlining the card will be the rubber match between light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov and Saulo Cavalari. Vakhitov (17-5, 7 KOs) has racked up a 6-1 record in Glory and captured the promotion’s belt by edging Cavalari (60-4, 49 KOs) via decision at Glory 28: Paris in March. The Brazilian had previously beaten Vakhitov by split decision at Glory 20 last April. Vakhitov last fought on Nov. 5, when he knocked out Zack Mwekassa at Glory 35: Nice to retain his title.
Another match has been added to the card is “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry (8-, 4 KOs) and Catalin “The Carpathian Death” Morosanu (42-10, 25 KOs). The matchup will anchor the Glory 38 SuperFight Series undercard.
Glory 38: Chicago will be aired live on ESPN3 beginning 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT immediately following the Glory 38 SuperFight Series undercard, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
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UFC announced on Thursday that its pay-per-view event scheduled for the Honda Center in Anaheim, originally entitled UFC 208, has been moved to Aug. 5. As a result, the card UFC 209 card set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 11 will now become UFC 208.
No reason was given for the change. As of right now, there are two events scheduled for January: UFC Fight Night 103 “Rodriguez vs. Penn” in Phoenix on Jan. 15 and UFC on Fox 23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Jan. 28.
The Anaheim event was initially set for the same day as Bellator 170, which takes place at the Forum in Los Angeles features a light heavyweight showdown between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen.
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Hector Lombard will try to attempt to end a three-fight losing streak when he faces Brad Tavares at UFC on Fox 23.
UFC confirmed the middleweight bout as well as a lightweight showdown pitting J.C. Cottrell against Jason Gonzalez. UFC on Fox 23 takes place on Jan. 28 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, with the evening’s main card airing on the Fox Network. A headliner has not been announced for the event.
Lombard hasn’t won in the Octagon since a decision triumph over Jake Shields at UFC 171 in March 2014. The ex-Bellator ruler has since been stopped via TKO by Dan Henderson and Neil Magny, while a victory over Joshua Burkman was overturned to a no contest after “Lightning” failed a drug test.
Tavares, meanwhile, has won two of his last three Octagon appearances. Most recently, the Hawaiian garnered a split-decision triumph over Caio Magalhaes at UFC 203 on Sept. 10.
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