Battle in the Desert 3
Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke vs. Cosmo Alexandre
Cosmo Alexandre and Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke are scheduled to fight for 5 rounds by 3 minutes each round under Full Muay Thai Rules at an agreed weight of 155 lbs.
Scott Kent, President of Lion Fight Promotions commented, "It's an honor to have a true Thai legend on our August 20th card. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time and matching him against rising star Cosmo Alexandre represents the past versus the future of Muay Thai."
155 pounds for this bout) matchup between Chaz Mulkey (6-4) of Las Vegas and
Remy Bonnel (55-7) of Miami, Fla. has been upgraded to a WBC interim
international title fight. The previously announced bout between Joe
Schilling (10-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Brandon Banda (5-1) of Concord,
Calif. has likewise been promoted to a title bout with the vacant WBC light
heavyweight (175 pounds) crown at stake.
Ky Hollenbeck will defend WBC interim world middleweight title against Simon
“(Chu)’s got a high KO percentage. I like fighting fighters who make me
fight my hardest, and this seems like it’s going to be one of those fights,
so it’s going to be an exciting one,” said the 24-year-old Hollenbeck who
has made waves in both the professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts
world with an explosive and, at times, unorthodox style of fighting.
Hollenbeck fights out of the San Francisco, Calif. based World Team USA
under head trainer Sam Phimsoutham. “I like to bring a couple of tricks
with me every time I fight to throw my opponent off and make things
difficult for him to deal with."
“Fans can expect an explosive fight as I always come to win,” said the
33-year-old Simon Chu, whose appearance will mark his debut in The United States.
A strong technical fighter with quick hands and powerful kicks, Chu is a
four-time British Muay Thai champion who has faced and defeated some of the
best competitors throughout Europe. “It means a lot to me to be fighting
for a WBC title as it is the most recognized organization. I’ve always
wanted one of their green belts around my waist."
“We are excited about producing another card loaded with some of the finest
Muay Thai talent on the planet,” said Scott Kent, president of Lion Fight
Promotions. “Muay Thai is an incredible martial art and combat sport that
requires its athletes to be skilled in every area of striking – from punches
and kicks to elbow and knee strikes – and Lion Fight Promotions is committed
to bringing fans the best possible matchups between the world’s greatest
fighters in this fast-growing sport.”
In the main event, two-time world Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexandre (40-13)
of Brazil will square off with five-time Muay Thai champion and multi-title
Lumpinee Stadium champion Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke “Zingano“ (228-19) of
Broomfield, Colo. via Thailand in a middleweight (*contracted weight of 155
pounds for this bout) “Superfight.” In addition to his two titles,
Alexandre won the coveted, annual King’s Cup tournament in Bangkok, Thailand
on Dec. 5, 2009.
Sitchuchoke is coming off a third round (TKO victory over James Martinez, a
K-1 USA veteran and contestant on the 2008 first season of The Contender
Asia, the Mark Burnett-created reality television series that documented 16
Muay Thai fighters from 12 different countries as they competed for a prize
of $150,000. Sitchuchoke consistently beat Martinez to the punch throughout
the matchup and broke Martinez’s arm with repeated round kicks aimed at the
head and body.
Women’s Muay Thai and MMA star Jeri Sitzes (3-0) of Springfield, Mo. defend
her WBC international title against Misty Sutherland (1-0) of Calgary,
Canada. Sitzes captured her title on Aug. 28, 2010 by scoring a second
round (2:06) TKO on Australia’s Joanna MacEachern with a flurry of straight
Complete Fight Card:
Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil) vs. Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke (Thailand)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout)/ 5x3 rounds
Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs. Simon Chu (Leeds, England)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / WBC interim world title / 5x3 rounds
Chaz Mulkey (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Remy Bonnel (Miami, FL)
Middleweight (*contracted weight of 155 pounds for this bout) / WBC interim
international title / 5x3 rounds
Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Brandon Banda (Concord, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / WBC light heavyweight title / 5x3 rounds
Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Misty Sutherland (Calgary, Canada)
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) / WBC international title / 5x3 rounds
Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ryan Ratcliffe (Concord, CA)
Catchweight 124 lbs / 5x3 rounds
Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Oscar Sanchez (Irvine, CA)
Catchweight 125 lbs / 3x2 rounds
Justin Driggers (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Carlos Delcid (Van Nuys, CA)
Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jill Guido (Concord, CA)
Flyweight (112 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Patti Teran (Las Vegas, NV) vs. TBA
Mini Flyweight (105 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Moses Lopez (Los, Angeles, CA)
Welterweight (147 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Michael Ellison (Los Angeles, CA)
Middleweight (160 lbs) / 3x2 rounds
Tickets for Lion Fight Promotions’ stacked WBC world championship Muay Thai
event are on sale and can be purchased at the Primm Valley Casino Resorts
ticket office (702-386-7867), Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 and
online at Ticketmaster.com and LionFightPromotions.com.