Lion Fight

Lion Fight 21 Results: Yamato Stops Ross, Claims Title

On Friday, March 28, Lion Fight hosted its 21st event from the┬áPechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The night’s main card aired live on AXS TV.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s super lightweight champion,┬áKevin Ross, looked for revenge as he rematched Japan’s Tetsuya Yamato. The pair clashed at Lion Fight 11 in September of 2013 with Yamato taking a hard-fought split decision. Since then, Ross had reeled off three straight wins in the Lion Fight ring. He defeated┬áChris Mauceri in May and then bested Australia’s Michael Thompson in July to capture the┬ásuper lightweight belt. Yamato, meanwhile, got revenge on┬áSagetdao Petpayathai in November and entered the fight riding a three-fight winning streak.

The night’s co-main event featured former featherweight champion Tiffany van Soest, who clashed with Moroccan┬áChajmaa Bellakhal. Van Soest made her make 11th appearance in the Lion Fight ring, with her lone loss coming against┬áCaley Reece last February.┬áBellakhal, who lives and trains in Holland, was coming off a split decision win over┬áJeri Sitzes at Lion Fight 19.


Tetsuya Yamato def. Kevin Ross by TKO (referee’s stoppage). Round 1, 2:43 ┬á– for super lightweight title
Tiffany van Soest def. Chajmaa Bellakhal by unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
Malaipet def. Ben Yelle by unanimous decision (50-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Victor Saravia def. Sam Poulton by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44. 49-45)
Josh Shepard def. Jose Lopez by knockout (knee to the body). Round 1, 1:33
Nick Chasteen def. Tony Fausto by TKO (referee stoppage). Round 4, 2:19