Lion Fight Muay Thai Returns to Pechanga in Oct.
10-TIME WORLD CHAMP JOHN WAYNE PARR
BATTLES COSMO ALEXANDRE IN LION FIGHT 25 TITLE FIGHT
OCT. 23 AT PECHANGA RESORT CASINO
RUBBER MATCH TO BREAK 1-1 TIE BETWEEN THEM
CO-MAIN EVENT: JORINA BAARS VS. MARTINA JINDROVA
Tickets for “Lion Fight 25” go on sale 3 p.m. PST Friday, Aug. 21 through PECHANGA.COM
LION FIGHT 25 Airs Live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Las Vegas, Nev. – John Wayne Parr, an international kickboxing and Muay Thai sensation whose fighting brilliance has inspired rave reviews from legions of fans and MMA royalty such as Georges St. Pierre and Joe Rogan, collides with Cosmo Alexandre in a Muay Thai rules “rubber match” in the Lion Fight 25 main event, the promotion announced Thursday. The vacant Lion Fight super middleweight title (167 pounds) will be at stake during the Oct. 23 clash and strapped around the winner.
The Blitzkrieg-minded Aussie (Parr) and the unpredictable Brazilian (Alexandre) have tussled twice before, with each getting his hand raised once. For nearly seven years both elite fighters have hungered for a trilogy; their wish will finally be fulfilled on the Lion Fight stage, with Lion Fight 25’s entire main card broadcast live on AXS TV.
“Our third fight will be action-packed,” said Parr, a 10-time world champion who has been fighting professionally since he was 16 years old and owns marquee wins over Yodsanklai Fairtex, Cosmo Alexandre and even former UFC standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig. “I won the first fight, Cosmo won the second. He’s a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. Cosmo is huge for the weight classes. He has very strong Thai technique so I have to bring my A-game if I plan to win. This is our third fight and we both want to prove a point, so it’s guaranteed we won’t be leaving anything in the tank.”
Parr, 39, trained in Thailand during the mid-1990s, fighting at the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium on several occasions, winning two world titles there and voted “Best Farang (Foreign) Fighter” in 1997. The people of Thailand revere Parr (88-30-1, 30 knockouts) for the ferocity, relentlessness and extraordinary skill he showcases inside the ring. A fighter who constantly tested himself against the best, JWP has repeatedly clashed with Muay Thai legends such as Yodsanklai and Buakaw, splitting victories with Yodsanklai and succumbing to Buakaw via split decision.
Alexandre, meanwhile, is also a force to be reckoned with. The 33-year-old, himself a former world kickboxing champion and Bellator Fighting Championships standout, trains at the renowned “Blackzilians” in Boca Raton, Fla., alongside the likes of former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, Tyrone Spong and a host of other top fighters. Alexandre has entertained crowds across the world, having his visa stamped in a plethora of nations, including: Jamaica, Brazil, U.S., Australia, Thailand, Italy, Hungary and Netherlands, New Zealand and Portugal. Rather interestingly, the Brazilian (44-16-1, 19 knockouts) eschews strategy in favor of spontaneity inside the ring. He relies heavily on his instincts and improvisation, and boasts a remarkable ability to read a situation in a fight like a computer and adapt accordingly. Alexandre enters the ring without a script, and without fear, comfortable making decisions on the fly. He scored his signature win in August 2008, the night he stopped Parr in the second-round due to a series of vicious leg kicks. The victory avenged a decision loss to Parr the year prior.
“What better place to settle the score in their trilogy than in a Lion Fight main event on AXS TV?” said Lion Fight president Scott Kent, wearing an ear-to-ear grin. “I’m telling you, I’m super-pumped to see this fight and to have an incredible talent like John Wayne Parr headline our event. The guy is lightning in a bottle, a true ‘gunslinger.’ I’ve admired JWP and his expression of Muay Thai for a very long time. To finally have John Wayne Parr fight under the Lion Fight banner is about as good as it gets. Couldn’t be more amped up for this fight.”
In the evening’s co-main event, 37-0 Jorina Baars – best known for her five-round thrashing of Cris “Cyborg” at Lion Fight 14 – defends her Lion Fight women’s welterweight title against Czech Republic star Martina Jindrova, a freakishly strong fighter who has fought extensively in Thailand, has earned a reputation for rag-dolling opponents in the clinch, and throws some nasty spinning elbows.
Tickets for Lion Fight 25 go on sale 3 p.m. PST Friday, Aug. 21, and can be purchased at www.pechanga.com or by contacting Pechanga’s Box Office at 1-877-711-2WIN. Tickets range in price from $50 to $100 per seat.
LION FIGHT 25 airs live on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello.
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