MTGP presents Lion Fight 39

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    Date/Time
    Date(s) - 18/11/2017
    4:00 PM - 11:30 PM

    Location
    Indigo O2, London

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    MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39

    Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard vs. Jordan Smith – Lion Fight cruiserweight title

    Jose “Pitbull” Varela vs. Amine Ballafrikh – MTGP super featherweight title

    Two of the world’s most dominant forces in Muay Thai combat sports are uniting for an explosive event.

    Muay Thai Grand Prix (MTGP) and Lion Fight Promotions are teaming up with MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39 slated for Saturday, November 18 at the Indigo inside the famed O2 Arena in London, England.

    This is the first time the partner promotions have combined to present what is sure to be an epic night of fights.

    Tickets will be available shortly at AXS.com with broadcast details to follow.

    “It will be a historic night of Muay Thai,” said Philip Tieu of Muay Thai Grand Prix. “This is a ground-breaking event that brings some of the best MTGP and Lion Fight together in some incredible matchups.”

    MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39 marks Lion Fight’s first venture outside of the United States, and the excitement level for the upcoming show has hit an all-time high.

    “Every single one of our fighters has asked to be a part of this show which is a testament to how big and how important MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39 is,” said Scott Kent, President & CEO of Lion Fight Promotions.

    “This will be a spectacular show and the first of many joint events between MTGP and Lion Fight. We are already putting plans together for two partner shows in 2018 to showcase the two organizations’ very best talent.”

    The main event marks the first title defense for Lion Fight cruiserweight champion Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard (5-0) as he faces England’s own rising star Jordan Smith (12-0). The undefeated Moraza-Pollard claimed the belt in a thrilling five-round affair against Paul Banasiak at Lion Fight 37.

    In the co-main event, the MTGP super featherweight title is at stake as current champ Jose “Pitbull” Varela of Portugal lines up across from challenger Amine Ballafrikh of USA.

    MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39

    Official Full Fight Card
    Saturday November 18th @ Indigo O2, London, UK

    -Lion Fight Title Defence & MTGP World Cruiserweight Title-
    Chip Moraza-Pollard V Jordan Smith
    FTR – 84KG – 5×3
    International Bout (USA v UK)
    Holder: Chip Moraza-Pollard

    -MTGP Super Featherweight Title Defence-
    Jose Varela V Amine Ballahfrikh
    FTR – 58.97KG – 5×3
    International Bout (Portugal v USA)
    Holder: Jose Varela

    -MTGP Light Heavyweight Title-
    Ryan Li V James Benal
    FTR – 79.38KG – 5×3
    International Bout (UK v France)

    Aaron McGahey V Evan Jays
    FTR 55.4KG – 3×3
    International Bout (Ireland v UK)

    Odin Daniels V Jake Purdy
    FTR – 72KG – 3×3
    International Bout (Australia v UK)

    Eddie Abasolo V Jersey Pinto
    FTR – 72.72KG – 5×3
    International Bout (USA v Portugal)

    John Scott V Michael Pham
    FTR – 67KG – 3×3
    International Bout (Ireland v UK)

    Steve Primrose V Nicolas Mendes
    FTR – 74KG – 3×3
    International Bout (UK v Spain)

    Miguel Martinez Molina V Daniel Terry
    FTR – 61.23KG – 3×3
    International Bout (Spain v UK)

    -KGP European Title-
    Joe Himsworth V Kieran Manwaring
    K1 – 65KG – 3×3
    Domestic Bout

    TBA (new opponent) V Kelly Haynes
    K1 – 50KG – 3×2
    International Bout (Spain v UK)

    -KGP European Title Defence-
    Luke Whelan V Eddie Sadaoui
    K1 – 72KG – 3×3
    International Bout (UK v France)
    Holder: Luke Whelan

    -Preliminary Card-

    Rob Hayward V Lewis Childs
    FTR – 72.57KG – 3×3
    Domestic Bout

    Shaq Davies V Thai Hoang
    B-Class – 65KG – 3×3
    Domestic Bout

    Lee Sims V Aaron Neil
    K1 – 100KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout

    Harry Lenton V Lawrence Brown
    C-Class – 76KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout

    Amro Ghanem V Sean Baxter
    C-Class – 63KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout

    Nial Durkan V Sam Algiers
    C-Class – 61KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout

    Sam Godfrey V Marlon Gillett
    K1 – 75KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout

    Aion Spring Lee McRae V Liam Patel
    C-Class – 60KG – 3×2
    Domestic Bout
    (first bout of event)

    Event Start

    Doors 3pm / Prelims 4pm / Main Card 7pm approx.

    International viewers can watch live on Flo Combat PPV – click here

    Main Events / Title Fights / FTR = 5 x 3 minute rounds
    K-1 = 3 x 3/3 x 2 minute rounds
    B-Class = 3 x 3 minute rounds
    C-Class = 3 x 2 minute rounds

    Main Event Preview

    Jordan Smith has the home-town advantage, but he’ll still have to do quite a lot to rip the Lion Fight world cruiserweight title from the hands of Chip Moraza-Pollard.

    Yet Smith is confident he can pull off dethroning “The Surgeon” from his championship perch. The London fighter will get that opportunity in his own backyard at Muay Thai Grand Prix presents Lion Fight 39 on Saturday, November 18th, at the Indigo at O2 Arena in London, England. Lion Fight’s first venture outside the United States and with its partner MTGP will air live worldwide on FloCombat.com at 7 p.m. London time and 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT in the U.S.

    The Smith/Moraza-Pollard matchup headlines the massive card with both the reigning champ’s Lion Fight belt as well as the vacant MTGP title up for grabs. That’s the kind of opportunity that Smith couldn’t pass up.

    “I’m a businessman at heart and two for the price of one sounds like a good deal to me,” said the 25-year-old who sports an 11-0 record.

    “I’m enjoying the journey to becoming a house-hold name is this sport so as you can imagine I was over the moon to hear I would not only be fighting for one but two titles.”

    Should Smith come away with the victory on November 18th, the fighters are committed to engage in a rematch with both titles on the line. If required, the rematch will take place in early 2018 and in the United States.

    Moraza-Pollard (5-0) claimed Lion Fight’s world title with a five-round verdict over Paul Banasiak in a Fight of the Year candidate, and brings a wealth of overall experience into the upcoming showdown. But Smith isn’t fazed in the least by his opponent’s background or fast rise to the top.

    “I see him getting frustrated with the fight as the rounds progress puzzled with the movements and it ending in a stoppage,” said Smith, who has blazed a trail through his past opposition yet remains focused on what’s ahead, not his past achievements.

    “No one is unbeatable. I think having that mindset could creep into comfort. I’m never comfortable. I’m always pushing my mind and body to be better than yesterday. I will say one thing, come fight night I will put everything on the table and show the world Kru Sam’s Formula.

    “There’s always pressure, whether it be a little or a lot. The most important thing is how you balance it, and at KO South, Kru Sam has always kept us grounded. Even when we win titles big or small, we’re back to business in the next couple of days training as usual.”

    Three other MTGP titles will be on the line at Muay Thai Grand Prix presents Lion Fight 39 including the world featherweight bout which will see Lion Fight’s Amine “The Moroccan Freak” Ballafrikh take on MTGP’s Jose Varela. As well, Lion Fight middleweight contender Eddie Abasolo will make the trip to London to take on Jersey Pinto.

    Tickets for Muay Thai Grand Prix Presents Lion Fight 39 are available at https://www.axs.com/events/342910/muay-thai-grand-prix-11-ft-lion-fight-39-tickets.

    Available on PPV with FLO COMBAT – click here

    Main bouts will be repeated on Box Nation TV at a later date