The 250th MMA-produced program for AXS TV, Lion Fight 16, will see the network join up with the UFC as part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas this July.
In the main event, Kevin Ross will face Michael Thompson for the inaugural super lightweight championship. Other bouts include Tiffany Van Soest vs. Sindy Hyuer and Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Adrian Morilla.
“When I started AXS TV (formerly HDNET), both high-definition TV and MMA were in their infancy. I saw a huge opportunity for AXS TV to be a leader in what later became the fastest growing sport in America,” said Mark Cuban, AXS TV Founder. “Some 10 years and 250 fights later, this event on July 4 is a testament to the power of the sport and the unwavering support of its fans.”
Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello will occupy the broadcast booth. This marks the first Lion Fight event to receive the backing and support of the UFC.
“We are excited to present Lion Fight 16 on the Fourth of July and to be the 250th fight broadcast on AXS TV,” said Scott Kent, Lion Fight Founder and CEO. “I give my congratulations and appreciation to Mark Cuban and Andrew Simon for recognizing the potential of Lion Fight. I also want to thank UFC owners Dana White and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta for making us the first-ever professional combat sports organization to take part in their International Fight Week extravaganza. Fight fans are fired up for Lion Fight 16 and the historic nature of this world class Muay Thai event.”
AXS TV has aired previous WEC cards, events from Japan, Legacy FC, Maximum Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance events. More cards are planned through the rest of the year on the network.
“Thanks to our broadcast partnerships with some of the finest promotions in combat sports, AXS TV Fights has been able to accomplish this unprecedented achievement broadcasting 250 fights,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “For over a decade, we have scanned the globe to bring our viewers the best MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing. I want to say thank you to all the promotions, fighters and fans that have contributed to our long-term success.”