Spectators cheered as entire Cambodian Midget Fighting League squared
off against African Lion
An African Lion much like this is responsible
for the death of 28 Cambodian Midgets
Tickets had been sold-out three weeks
before the much anticipated fight, which took place in the city
of Kâmpóng Chhnãng.
The fight was slated when an angry fan contested Yang Sihamoni,
President of the CMFL, claiming that one lion could defeat his entire
league of 42 fighters.
Sihamoni takes great pride in the league he helped create, as was
conveyed in his recent advertising campaign for the CMFL that stated
his midgets will "... take on anything; man, beast, or machine."
This campaign is believed to be what sparked the undisclosed fan
to challenge the entire league to fight a lion; a challenge that
Sihamoni readily accepted.
An African Lion (Panthera Leo) was shipped to centrally located
Kâmpóng Chhnãng especially for the event, which
took place last Saturday, April 30, 2005 in the city’s coliseum.
The Cambodian Government allowed the fight to take place, under
the condition that they receive a 50% commission on each ticket
sold, and that no cameras would be allowed in the arena.
The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters
were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries
including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to
Sihamoni was quoted before the fight stating that he felt since
his fighters out-numbered the lion 42 to 1, that they “…
could out-wit and out-muscle [it].”
Unfortunately, he was wrong.