‘Crazy Viking’ vs. ‘Washingthai’ co-main event for Lion Fight 53
An international middleweight showdown will slide into the co-main event spot for Lion Fight 53 taking place on Saturday, March 30th in Las Vegas.
Sweden’s Magnus “The Crazy Viking” Andersson (35-12) will take on Washington “Washingthai” Luiz (22-0), who is from Brazil and now trains in San Antonio, Texas. Their matchup fits under the superfight main event as Lion Fight North American Super Cruiserweight champion Steve “Put ‘Em To Sleep” Walker puts his undefeated record on the line against Holland’s Bader Ferdaous, the top student of legendary fighter Peter Aerts.
Andersson currently trains at the renowned Sitsongpeenong Phuket camp in Thailand, and that experience has guided him to victories in four of his last five fights. Three of those four wins came in the Top King World Series in Thailand.
Luiz brings over 90 pro fights’ worth of experience in various disciplines into the matchup, highlighted by his unbeaten record in Muay Thai. Throughout his lengthy combat sports career, Luiz has posted several notable wins, including victories over Saulo Cavalari and Pete Spratt.
Also set for the main card is a potential show-stealer in the featherweight ranks as electrifying prospect Ricardo Mixco(2-0) of Baltimore, Maryland, takes on hometown Vegas veteran Anthony Castrejon (7-5). Kicking off the TV main card is a women’s flyweight battle pitting Magalie Alvarez (2-1) of North Hollywood, California, against social media sensation Andy “The CrAsian” Nguyen (1-0).
Lion Fight 53 Prelims:
Isaiah Gathings Jr. (Las Vegas, Nevada – pro debut) vs. Fidel Martinez Jr. (Denver, Colorado – pro debut), middleweight
Kyle Neal (Las Vegas, Nevada – pro debut) vs. John Garcia (Los Angeles, California – pro debut), middleweight
Andrew Grijalva (Las Vegas, Nevada) vs. Joshua Trejo (North Las Vegas, Nevada), amateur lightweight
Frank Perez (Los Angeles, California) vs. Anel Dudo (Denver, Colorado), amateur featherweight
Desiree Wodicker (Dublin, California) vs. Martha Rodriguez (Los Angeles, California), amateur super flyweight
Erick Watts (Las Vegas, Nevada) vs. Raymond Sydnor (Van Nuys, California), amateur cruiserweight
Calvin Parrington (Las Vegas, Nevada) vs. Harold Freeman (Las Vegas, Nevada), amateur welterweight
Blake Hodges (Las Vegas, Nevada) vs. Mike Mazariego (Oxnard, California), amateur lightweight