Eersel and Kohout rivalry resumes with Lion Fight title on the line

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Regian Eersel has looked unbeatable and unstoppable in his previous outings inside the Lion Fight ring.

Though he is dubbed “The Immortal,” Eersel has more resembled “The Terminator.”

So much so that opponents willing to take on the reigning super middleweight champion are an utter scarcity. But one man may hold the secret to dethroning the knockout kingpin. He’s bested him before and if he can do it a second time, he’ll take the title from Eersel.

Last spring in his home town of Prague, Czech Republic, Matous Kohout defeated Eersel via unanimous decision. They will meet again with Eersel’s belt at stake at Lion Fight 38 coming up on Friday, September 29th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Their bout tops the lineup of the main card airing live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Although he came away victorious from their first encounter, Kohout doesn’t expect an easier time of it in the rematch.

“The fight last year with Regian was very hard and very close,” said Kohout (39-9). “Regian has been very impressive since that fight, but I have not lost this year and I have won a European title so I want to show on American soil that our last fight wasn’t just luck. I want to show the world my skills and win the belt.”

The belt has appeared to be locked tight around Eersel (46-4) but Kohout may hold the key.

“It would be a dream come true to beat Regian and hold that prestigious title,” said the 25-year-old who lists MMA star Conor MacGregor as one of his idols.

Eersel is certainly not going to willingly relinquish his grip on the title. He has been a one-man wrecking crew since joining Lion Fight – a tenure that started off with a shocking fourth-round head-kick knockout of two-division champion Jo Nattawut in a non-title bout.

The Suriname-born Dutch star followed that up by claiming the super middleweight crown with a two-round demolition of Jake Purdy, and then defending his title with a first-round finish against D.C. Pratt.

Kohout is the nemesis that haunts him. The last man to beat him and now a direct threat to his championship reign. However, that doesn’t mean the champ is lacking for confidence in any way.

“I expect a hard fight. I know how I can beat him and how to hurt him, so it would be a pleasure beating him,” said Eersel.

The Lion Fight 38 lineup also includes a key light heavyweight tilt as Juan Jackson meets Elijah Clarke, an international matchup in Lion Fight’s new women’s flyweight division as England’s Dani Fall takes on Italy Silvia La Notte, plus the return of top prospects heavy hitting super cruiserweight Steve “Put Em To Sleep” Walker and slick lightweight Jafar “The Cookie Monster” Toshev.