Yangon, Myanmar: World Lethwei Championship (WLC), the world’s largest bareknuckle fighting organisation, has released the full fight for WLC: LETHWEI SHOWCASE. In the main event, the Light Welterweight World Lethwei Championship will be on the line as champion Antonio Faria (3-0 lethwei) from Portugal defends his title against Spanish veteran Fransisco Vinuelas (0-0 lethwei). In the newly announced co-main event, two of the world’s best Middleweights will go to battle as Spain’s Nico Mendes takes on Thailand’s Saensuek.

WLC: LETHWEI SHOWCASE will air on 25 September at 6.30pm Myanmar time (5am Pacific Time, 8am Eastern Time, 1pm London Time) and is available on UFC Fight Pass, Canal+ and other broadcast partners across 100 countries. Please check your local listings.

More information on WLC: LETHWEI SHOWCASE is available at http://www.facebook.com/worldlethwei

World Lethwei Championship chairman Zay Thiha stated, “Lethwei is poised to blossom as the next major combat sport on the global platform, providing combat sport fans the alternative it craves from boxing and mixed martial arts. This event is a showcase of the best that lethwei has to offer as a world-class sport.”

Antonio Faria has the most knockouts in World Lethwei Championship history and has never seen the judges’ scorecards in three outings. His bouts have been immortalised as some of the most exciting fights in lethwei history. At WLC: MIGHTY WARRIORS last February, he defeated Saw Htoo Aung to become the inaugural Light Welterweight World Lethwei Champion and will now defend his title for the first time.

Fransisco Vinuelas is a veteran of the Chinese mixed martial arts and kickboxing circuit. In his two-decade long martial arts career, he has amassed more than 60 official fights across all disciplines. Vinuelas started out in Vale Tudo competitions as a teenager before moving on to focus on mixed martial arts and now looks to take the next step by becoming World Lethwei Champion.

Nico Mendes is a former IFMA Champion and Golden Fight Tournament Champion. The lanky Spaniard is effective in using his range and poses a stylistic matchup for all his opponents with his accurate straight punches and devastating knees.

Saensuek is a teenage muay thai prodigy training out of Venum Training Camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Despite his young age, he has amassed close to fifty fights, having competed in all the major competitions in Thailand.

Main Event
Light Welterweight 60 to 63.5kg (Light Welterweight World Lethwei Championship)
Antonio Faria- Champion (Portugal) VS Francisco Vinuelas (Spain)

Co Main Event
Middleweight 71 to 75kg
Nico Mendes (Spain) VS Saensuek (Thailand)

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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