Slideshow: Lion Fight – Battle in the Desert 5

Scotty Leffler (right) eats an elbow from Sheldon Gaines at Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5. Photo by Kristyn Adamakis for

LAS VEGAS — Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 took place Saturday night at the Joint at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas. The main event saw WBC Interim World Muay Thai Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Schilling (12-2, 10 KOs) get taken out in the first round by undefeated contender Simon Marcus (23-0, 18 KOs) in a non-title bout. Marcus may not have gotten the title but took home Schilling’s entire purse in a rare “winner take all” match.

Also, WBC International Middleweight champion Chaz Mulkey (7-5, 3 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to two-time world champion Gregory Choplin (60-9, 22 KOs), and Muay Thai legend Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat (146-25, 24 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to rising challenger Matt Embree (20-3) for the vacant WBC international lightweight championship.‘s ( Joe Gugelman was ringside for the LIVE results and play-by-play and photographer Kristyn Adamakis shot photos of all the action. In addition to the fighters mentioned above, the following slideshow also has pictures of Scotty Leffler’s unanimous decision win over Sheldon Gaines, Tiffany Van Soest’s unanimous decision win over Vivian Leung, Anthony Castrejon’s knockout victory over Frank Barragan and Shane Oblonsky’s unanimous decision win of Jose Palacios.

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