Monday, January 2, 2012

Schilling vs. Marcus, Mulkey vs. Choplin and more expected to take place at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"

We previously announced four fights that are expected to take place at Lion Fight Promotions “Battle in the Desert 5”. There are three more bouts that are expected to take place at the event. The three additional bouts as well as the pervious four have not been officially announced by Lion Fight Promotions, but sources close to the situation have informed Muay Thai Authority that the bouts are expected to take place at their February 25th event in Las Vegas.

The night’s main event is expected to be a light heavyweight bout between Joe Schilling of Los Angeles, CA and Simon Marcus of Toronto, Canada. Schilling is coming off the biggest win in his career, a one sided knockout of Kaoklai in the first round. Marcus last competed in China where he took home a fifth round (T)KO, but American fans got to see him action in September when he defeated Artem Vakhitov in Long Beach, CA. The bout has been asked for by fans and now it seems it will come to fruition.

The nights co-main event is expected to feature a bout between the 2011 Muay Thai Authority Breakthrough Fighter of the Year winner Chaz Mulkey and France’s Gregory Choplin. Mulkey had a phenomenal 2011 campaign and will look to build on a five-fight win streak in 2012. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory of the UK’s Simon Chu at Lion Fight Promotions “Battle in the Desert 4”. Choplin will be looking to end a two-fight skid; he has dropped his last two fights to highly ranked fighters Abdallah Mabel and Yohan Lidon.

Young gun Anthony Castrejon is also expected to fight on the event against Francisco Barragan from Texas. Castrejon will be looking to get his third consecutive win and push his pro record to 3-0. He defeated Ryan Ratcliffe by (T)KO in August of 2011 at Lion Fight Promotions “Battle in the Desert 3”. Barragan who trains under Saekson Janjira in has been active in MMA as of late with mixed results.

As previously mentioned none of these fights have been made official by Lion Fight Promotions, but sources close to the situation have informed Muay Thai Authority that the bouts are expected to take place at “Battle in the Desert 5”.

Expected Fight Card*:
Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus
Chaz Mulkey vs. Gregory Choplin
Matt Embree vs. Coke Chunhawat
Scotty Leffler vs. Sheldon Gaines
Kit Cope vs. Jose Palacios
Vivian Leung vs. Tiffany Van Soest
Anthony Castrejon vs. Francisco Barragan
Eduardo Morais vs. TBA

*No bouts have been officially announced by Lion Fight Promotions

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