Due to the UFC essentially monopolizing the major MMA market, Dana White’s promotion often takes center stage on White Belt Breakdown. As much as we may criticize the UFC, it is still home to the World’s top Mixed Martial Arts talent. No one can make a legitimate argument against this as of the current time. What can be argued is the fact that the UFC is not necessarily the most exciting combat sports promotion. Lion Fight Muay Thai holds that honor. Although far less mainstream in comparison to the UFC, Lion Fight always delivers an elite display of Muay Thai when televised on AXS TV Fights. The following are top 5 reasons not to miss Lion Fight 37 on July 28th, also known as UFC 214 eve. (For other can’t miss fights in July check out: Ranking the Top 5 Fights Remaining in July)
5. The Best Young Talent in Combat Sports
Owner of Florida Kickboxing Academy (FKA Website), Asa Ten Pow, takes center stage for this example. Although Ten Pow is 27 years old, it is safe to assume he still gets carded walking into a bar. Don’t let appearance fool you though, the young prospect is a creative striking assassin. Ten Pow made a name for himself on the amateur circuit and when called up to the big leagues he has delivered exciting fights in both victory and defeat. Potentially the best thing about Lion Fight is their young talent. Every fight on the card has the opportunity to be the most entertaining, something seldom seen in other promotions.
4. An Extremely High Level Display of Muay Thai
Muay Thai is the most beautifully violent display of combat when performed at the highest level, even without a knockout associated. This work of art is displayed fight after fight by ex MMA prospect and current Lion Fight 37 Cruiserweight Title Challenger, Chip Moraza Pollard. The “Surgeon” lives up to his nickname picking apart opponents with crisp hands, elbows, knees, and kicks. Unfortunately, due to his quick rise to Muay Thai stardom little footage is available to demonstrate his talent. The following clip against UFC vet Dan Lauzon in MMA should prove as a great example of how talented Moraza-Pollard is on his feet.
3. Muay Thai Star Power
For now, Muay Thai events are far less popular in the United States when compared to both Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. Luckily for those who are in the know, Lion Fight is slowly attracting the best of the best from around the world. A perfect example of this is two division Champion “Smokin” Jo Nattawut who defends his Super Welterweight Title at Lion Fight 37. If you are looking for an introduction to Muay Thai, look no further than this man. When at his best, he is virtually untouchable in the ring.
2. Everyone has a Puncher’s Chance, as well as a Kicker’s, Elbower’s, and Knee-er’s Chance
The popular phrase in boxing for underdogs is they have a “puncher’s chance”. Well, Muay Thai, also known as the “art of eight limbs” makes even heavy favorites susceptible to defeat. Although matched up against a fellow hitman in Regian Eersel, even Lion Fight poster boy “Smokin” Jo has felt a face full of canvas. Unpredictability inevitably breeds entertainment.
1. Highlight Reel Knockouts
More often than not, or at least it seems, Lion Fight match-ups end in knockouts. Looking back at the short history of Lion Fight it is extremely hard to recall a card littered with decisions. There is no better example of this than the early front runner for Combat Sports Knockout of the Year. At Lion Fight 36 the Muay Thai specialist known as Lerdsila brutally knocked out Jacob Hebeisen with a cringeworthy question mark kick. My God. (Editor’s Note: This fight never should have been sanctioned but credit to Hebeisen for being a Psychopath)
Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS a second of Lion Fight 37 on July 28, 2017.