Lion Fight CEO Wants to See More MMA Fighters Challenge Themselves in the Promotion
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.13.2014
"Competitive fighters love a standup fight."
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed Scott Kent, CEO of the muay Thai fight promotion Lion Fight, last week. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Kent on the Jorina Baars vs. Cris Justino fight being Lion Fight's version of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar in the UFC: "I think it is. The AXS TV ratings were through the roof on this fight. I think it gave us an opportunity to further expand our muay Thai audience, not only with our casual fans, but with our MMA audience. We had press we've never had before, and that's what a celebrity like Cris ‘Cyborg' will afford you, is the opportunity to be on a much bigger platform. When the fight goes the way it did, it's just a home run."
Kent on putting the challenge to other MMA fighters to try doing a muay Thai bout in Lion Fight: "Competitive fighters love a standup fight. And we're really putting the call out now to all MMA fighters – if you love standup fighting, if you think you've got great skills, let's put you against a muay Thai fighter and let's see what happens."
Kent on some other names he'd like to see in Lion Fight: "Melvin [Guillard], you mention Paul Daley – there's a lot of guys out there that have good muay Thai backgrounds or are very aggressive strikers, and that's what we want to really showcase in muay Thai: fighters that will really bring it," Kent said. "We want to make sure that all of these fighters have an opportunity. If they want to be a two-sport champion, let's give them the platform to do that. And now we're at a level where we're getting a lot of media attention, where we have the wherewithal to bring in a lot of these fighters. … It's an interesting challenge for the fighters themselves, and I think it makes marketing sense for us."