It’s been a quiet few weeks fights-wise on AXS TV. Springtime is Music Festival Season at AXS TV and fights have been missing from the network while festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Jazz Fest, and Rock on the Range have taken center stage. That all changes tonight as Lion Fight 22 ushers in a return to business as usual (and outside under the lights, nonetheless). Tune in to AXS TV at 10 ET | 7 PT and be sure to catch a new episode of New Japan Pro Wrestling BEFORE fights, and an All New Inside MMA AFTER the fights!
He may only have three pro fights under his belt, but already the youngster has become one of our favorites at Lion Fight. He takes on Damien Earley (4-1) in the third fight of the night. Bolanos is aggressive and delivers BRUTAL elbows. At Lion Fight 16 Bolanos carved up the eyebrow of Tyler Toner with a spinning-back elbow that eventually ended the fight, and at Lion Fight 20 he knocked out his opponent with another spinning-back elbow (see video below). Oh yeah, he’s also coached by former Lion Fight champ Kevin Ross…[youtubeif AgoemoAYjQc]
Both fighters are Lion Fight regulars. Both fighters are coming off losses. Both fighters are from Las Vegas. The feature bout of the night sees a rematch between Castrejon (5-2) and Andrada (5-2). The two met years ago in the ring and it was Castrejon winning by head-kick KO. Both men will be looking to avoid losing a second fight in a row, and hometown bragging rights will be on the line.
The Super Welterweight Title is up for grabs in the night’s main event and it’s one of two title fights on the Lion Fight 22 card. Jo Nattawut (53-10-2) will take on Salah Khalifa (36-5-1) (originally supposed to be Kem Sitsongpeenong). Both fighters are returning to Lion Fight, and both men are coming off wins. Nattawut is riding a 3-fight win streak and Khalifa (who was already prepping for a May 16 fight) is stepping up on two weeks notice for a shot at the title. Look for a long and very technical fight in this one.
We’ve only seen Tiffany Van Soest lose once at Lion Fight. It was a close decision loss to Caley Reece, in which she lost her featherweight title. Since the loss, we’ve seen a much more violent version of “The Timebomb” as she’s worked her way back to a title shot. A few months ago Caley Reece announced her retirement from fighting so instead, Van Soest will have to go through Bernise Alldis for the vacant featherweight title. Alldis is a 13-year veteran of the sport and it will be interesting to see how her technical style matches up with the footwork and aggressiveness of Van Soest.[youtubeif K7tAoEgNSiQ]
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