A bevy of Lion Fight’s best talents will be on display when the organisation returns to Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, for Lion Fight 30 on Friday, July 8th.
American sensation Ky Hollenbeck leads the pack and will get a main-event spot against a to-be-named opponent. Also returning to the Lion Fight ring will be new lightweight champion Sergio Wielzen, and Lion Fight will crown a new women’s lightweight champ with as K1 Enfusion Tournament winner Antonina Shevchenko occupying one of the hopeful spots.
“We are very excited to be bringing in major talents from around the world to Lion Fight as well as feature some of huge homegrown stars we have developed highlighted by Ky Hollenbeck,” said Scott Kent, CEO & President of Lion Fight Promotions.
Hollenbeck (33-3-1) is coming off a dazzling display at Lion Fight 28 when he notched a second-round knockout victory over Justin Greskiewicz. The San Francisco, California, product put Greskiewicz in danger at the end of the first with a vicious spinning backfist, and then dropped him early in the second with a well-placed uppercut. Hollenbeck brought a screeching halt to the proceedings with a decisive elbow strike.
Hollenbeck (Twitter: @KyHollenbeck) previously earned a unanimous decision verdict over Richard Abraham at Lion Fight 24, and has won past titles under the WBC and WCK banners.
Wielzen (Twitter: @SergioWielzen) returns to Lion Fight for the first time since dethroning former lightweight king Ognjen Topic at Lion Fight 28. Wielzen (41-9-2) took Topic’s crown when his carving elbow strikes caused a deep cut over Topic’s eye and the ringside doctor waved a halt to the title fight at the 50-second mark of the third round. The Dutch fighter’s triumphant debut came on the heels of previous title wins in the W5 and It’s Showtime organisations.
Shevchenko is one of Lion Fight’s most-recent prominent signings as the 2016 K1 Enfusion Tournament and WKC world champion agreed to a multi-fight deal just days after her sister Valentina joined the UFC.
Shevchenko (Twitter: @KO_Antonina) is originally from Kyrgyzstan and now lives in Lima, Peru. She captured the K1 Enfusion Tournament title earlier this year with back-to-back victories over Laetitia Bakissy and Shana Lammers. Prior to that, Shevchenko was a three-time IFMA Muay Thai champion, earning top spot at events in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Malaysia. Shevchenko, whose mother also practiced martial arts, has also claimed WKC titles in kickboxing and Thai boxing.
Matchups and the entire Lion Fight 30 lineup will be announced shortly.
The Lion Fight 30 main card will air live on AXS TV Fights with a special start time of 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. with commentary from renowned duo “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m. ET – just a few hours before the action hits the ring for Lion Fight 30 live at Foxwoods. Tickets will be available at www.foxwoods.com or by calling 800-200-2882 or by visiting the Foxwoods Box Offices.