Undefeated Anderson Silva nephew, Guilherme Bertholdo, Leads Pack Of Undercard Talent for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas May 12

Written by: Eddie Goldman
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From Lion FightPromotions:


LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2012)
– Undefeated 19-year-old prospect GuilhermeBertholdo (6-0), the nephew of UFC Middleweight Champion and pound-for-poundgreat Anderson Silva, will look to extend his perfect run in Muay Thai’samateur ranks and move one step closer to turning professional when he facesoff with Chris Lazaro (7-2) of Las Vegas, Nev. in a welterweight (147 pounds)matchup on the undercard of the Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. MarcusII full-rules Muay Thai event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino onSaturday, May 12, live on LionFightPromotions.com.

"I am excited to finally test my skills against top level amateuropponents," said Bertholdo, a member of Black House Team Nogueira, thefamed training camp that is also home to Silva and is headed by MMA legends andtwin brothers Antonio "Rodrigo" and Antonio "Rogerio"Nogueira in San Diego, Calif. where he trains under Kru (trainer) Alex Palma.

In Brazil, Bertholdo took up Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at an early agebefore relocating to San Diego with his family. While his father has schooledhim Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and helped Bertholdo attain the rank of purple belt inthe submission fighting discipline, Bertholdo has gravitated to the sport ofMuay Thai due to his love for kicking and punching.

"Striking is my passion," he said. "My Kru (trainer) has reallytaught me to use my hands and angles and, because of this, I’ve learned toappreciate the beauty of Muay Thai. MMA is a sport that I eventually will focuson in the future but, for now, I want to sharpen my striking and compete in anall-striking sport."

Bertholdo said he is knocking on the door of gaining his United States citizenshipand would like to eventually represent America as a member of the U.S. NationalMuay Thai Team.

"I am learning from my senior (training partners) how to conduct myselfand perform like a true fighter, I am not attending college. Black House TeamNogueira is my college."

Bertholdo’s opponent, Lazaro, is a 24-year-old member of Hard Knocks Muay Thaigym and student of Renzo Asparria, whom Lazaro has been training with for thelast two years. The matchup with Bertholdo will be Lazaro’s first since hesustained a broken thumb during training last year.

"I love this sport and I’ve been eagerly waiting to get back in the ring.That time has come now that I’m healed up and I’m looking forward to putting ona great show," said Lazaro, a technical fighter known for staying in thepocket with his opponent and throwing hard uppercuts.

Reserved ticket seats for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II,priced from $45, are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino box office, allTicketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Doors at The Joint open at 4 p.m. and the first preliminary bout will begin at5 p.m.

The live stream of the 12-bout card, which will be facilitated by Go FightLive, will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on LionFightPromotions.com and can bepurchased for a one-time credit card charge of $14.99.

In the highly-anticipated main event, WBC Light Heavyweight (175 pounds)Champion Joe "Stitch ‘Em Up" Schilling (12-2, 10 KO’s) of LosAngeles, Calif. will face off with undefeated top contender and bitter rivalSimon Marcus (23-0, 18 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada in a grudge rematchafter their first meeting on Feb. 25 ended in a controversial first-round TKOin Marcus’ favor.

In the co-main event and a second highly-anticipated rematch, Filipino AmericanRomie Adanza (16-3, 7 KO’s) of Irvine, Calif. will face off with Thanit"Boom" Watthanaya (45-12, 12 KO’s) of Vancouver, BC Canada via NakhonRatchasima, Thailand.for the vacant WBC international super flyweight (115 pounds)championship.

Thai superstar Mongkon "Malaipet" Wiwasuk (138-27-5, 26 KO’s),fighting out of Fresno, Calif. will put his WBC national welterweight (147pounds) strap on the line against aggressive-minded counterpuncher JustinGreskiewicz (17-8, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, Pa.

Fresh off his rubber match victory over "Coke" Chunhawat, seasonedtechnician Matt Embree (20-3, 9 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada will return toLion Fight action and face another tough, highly-experienced adversary informer world champion Nils Widlund (34-1, 12 KO’s) of Stockholm, Sweden.

Undefeated rising star Tiffany Van Soest (2-0) of San Diego, Calif. will takeon fellow prospect Heidi Otterbein (3-1, 1 KO) of Las Vegas via Vancouver, BCCanada. in a 125 pound catchweight bout.

In a matchup of two experienced, Las Vegas-based MMA competitors who havedecided to test their combative skills in the Muay Thai ring for the first timein their respective careers, Javier Torres (0-0) will square off with MichaelMadrid (0-0) in a 170 pound catchweight fight.

Fresh off his fifth professional victory at Lion Fight Promotions’ last eventon Feb. 25, Scotty Leffler (5-2, 3 KO’s) of Las Vegas will return to actionagainst promising upstart Artem Sharoshkin (3-1) of San Diego, Calif. in a welterweight(147 pounds) affair.



Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Simon Marcus (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
175 lbs / WBC Interim World Title

Romie Adanza (Irvine, CA) vs. Thanit Watthanaya "Boom"(Vancouver BC CANADA / THAILAND)
115 lbs / WBC International Title

Mongkon Wiwasuk "Malaipet"(Fresno, CA / THAILAND) vs. JustinGreskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)
147 lbs / WBC National Title

Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)vs. Heidi Otterbein (Las Vegas, NV /CANADA)
125 lbs / no title

Nils Widlund (San Diego, CA /SWEDEN) vs. Matt Embree (Toronto,Ontario CANADA)
140 lbs / no title

Javier Torres (Las Vegas, NV /MEXICO) vs. Michael Madrid (LasVegas, NV)
170 lbs / no title

Scotty Leffler (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Artem Sharoshkin (San Diego, CA /RUSSIA)
147 lbs / no title


Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jessie Magusen (Fontana, CA) – 125 lbs
Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Amir K Ansari (Shreveport, LA) – 160lbs
Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Marie Choi (Irvine, CA) – 112 lbs
Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Guilherme Bertholdo (San Diego, CA) –147 lbs
Brandon Ebert (Las Vegas, NV) vs. William Briones (Van Nuys, CA) – 135lbs