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Invicta FC 23: Tiffany van Soest has opportunity to capture first MMA win

Tiffany van Soest has accomplished a lot in her combat sports career, but she has yet to capture her first professional mixed martial arts victory. That could all change on May 20 at Invicta FC 23.

At the event, which is headlined by a flyweight bout between former title challenger Vanessa Porto and undefeated prospect Agnieszka Niedźwiedź, van Soest will face Las Vegas native Christine Ferea in a strawweight bout.

This is an important fight for van Soest, one that could be the start of a great MMA run.

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Fight Theater: Jo Nattawut vs. Cosmo Alexandre

Jo Nattawut and Cosmo Alexandre are two of the most dangerous strikers on the planet and they clashed at Lion Fight 17 in a VERY close fight.

Fight Theater: Lucha, Legacy and UFC

Here are some MMA bouts I watched yesterday as well as a match from Lucha Underground.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian-bantamweight Thomas Almeida, Ricardo Ramos could be the next big thing to come from Legacy Fighting Championship. Watch him in the Fight of the Week before he fights for the bantamweight title on February 5th.



Mil Muertes vs Ivelisse as she becomes the first luchadora to get a shot at the Lucha Underground Championship!


Sky is the limit for Tiffany van Soest

At Lion Fight 27, Tiffany Van Soest added another piece of hardware to her trophy case after she defeated Canadian Ashley Nicols to win the promotion’s super bantamweight title. Van Soest became the first female fighter to win championships in two different weight classes.

Since she made her promotional debut at Lion Fight 5, where she defeated Vivan Leung, Van Soest has established herself as one of the promotion’s top stars, not just in the women’s division but overall. She defeated Lucy Payne to win the Lion Fight featherweight title, then later dropped it to Caley Reece.

Van Soest hasn’t been beaten in the Lion Fight ring in the last couple of years – winning fights against Payne, Sidny Huyer and Chajmaa Bellakhal. She beat Bernise Alldis to win back the featherweight title then went on to defend it against Martyna Krol. All of her fights have been worthy of highlight reels and helped Van Soest become one of the most popular female athletes in combat sports.

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Fight Theater: Jorina Baars vs. Martina Jindrova at Lion Fight 25

One of Lion Fight’s queens, Jorina Baars, defends her welterweight title against Martina Jindrova at Lion Fight 25. Baars made headlines after defeating Cris “Cyborg” Justino to win the Lion Fight welterweight title.

In addition to Baars vs. Jindrova, Lion Fight 25 featured a bout between Kaitlin Young and Lauren Rojas. You can watch that fight by following the link.

Lion Fight 21 features title bout and Tiffany Van Soest

Muay Thai promotion Lion Fight unveiled two fights for their March 27 event.

In the main event, Lion Fight super welterweight champion Kevin Ross faces Tetsuya Yamamoto. The fight poster listed this as a super lightweight title fight.

Ross and Yamamoto faced off at Lion Fight 11 in what was a great fight. Yamaoto came up the winner on a controversial split decision. He recently defended his WBC Muay Thai super lightweight title against Masaaki Noiri. Since the loss, Ross has won his last three fights, including a victory over Michael Thompson to capture the welterweight title. I loved their first fight and this rematch should be nothing less than spectacular.

In the co-feature, Tiffany Van Soest returns to the Lion Fight ring to take on Chajmaa Bellekhal. Van Soest has gone 2-2 in her last four fights, including a decision loss to Denise Kielholtz. Bellekhal is coming off a split-decision win over Jeri Sitzes. This should be a good slug fest that could determine a contender for world champion Caley Reece.


Tiffany Lynn van Soest (born March 20, 1989) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the bantamweight division. Originally a Shōrin-ryū karate practitioner, van Soest began Muay Thai at the age of eighteen and was both a state and national titlist as an amateur before turning professional in 2011 and winning the WBC Muaythai International Super Bantamweight Championship the following year. Tiffany is also the current Lion Fight Promotions Featherweight Champion and Glory Women’s Super Bantamweight Champion.

Tiffany van Soest was born in Torrance, California, and raised in Riverside, California. Her paternal grandfather was Dutch-Indonesian born in Semarang in the former Dutch East Indies who immigrated to the Netherlands in the early 1950s where he met his ethnically Dutch wife in the Hague before they moved to the United States. Van Soest is of maternal Austrian and Polish descent.The first sports she became involved in were association football at the age of five and later Shōrin-ryū karate at eight. She earned the rank of second degree black belt under Joey Pagliuso at the United States Karate Organization at seventeen but was unable to compete until she was eighteen because her parents wouldn’t let her. When she did start competitive karate, she took multiple titles at state, national and world levels.

Van Soest stopped practicing martial arts for a short time to attend California State University San Marcos where she earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and played on the soccer team for two seasons. However, van Soest was soon drawn back to martial arts and found Muay Thai while living in San Diego, California

Al’s favorite Muay Thai/kickboxing bouts

Here are my favorite kicboxing/Muay Thai matches. It’s a small list so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

  • Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 11
  • Gokhan Saki vs. Rico Verhoeven at Glory 11 (Glory 11 Heavyweight Tournament semifinal)
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven at Glory 11 (Glory 11 Heavyweight Tournament final)
  • Nieky Holzken vs. Karapet Karapetyan at Glory 13 (Glory 13 Welterweight Tournament semifinal)
  • Daniel Ghita vs. Errol Zimmerman at Glory 13
  • Andry Ristie vs. Davit Kiria at Glory 14: Zareb (Glory Lightweight championship bout)
  • Jorina Baars vs. Cris “Cyborg” at Lion Fight 14 (Women’s Welterweight championship bout)

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Karate and Muay Thai.[1][2] Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.[3][4][5]

Japanese kickboxing originated in the 1960s, with competitions held since then.[6][7] American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships. Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. This approach became increasingly popular since the 1970s, and since the 1990s, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridization with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling.

There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include International Combat Organisation, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, World Kickboxing Organization, International Sport Karate Association, International Kickboxing Federation, World Sport Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others. Consequently, there is no single kickboxing world championship, and champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, Glory, SUPERKOMBAT, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, among others. Bouts organized under different governing bodies apply different rules, such as allowing the use of knees or clinching, etc.

The term “kickboxing” can be used in a narrow and in a wide sense.

The narrow use is restricted to the styles that self-identify as kickboxing, i.e. Japanese Kickboxing (with its spin-off styles or rules such as Shoot boxing and K-1), Dutch Kickboxing, and American Kickboxing.
In the wider sense, it includes all stand-up combat sports that allow both punching and kicking, including Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Savate, Adithada, Lethwei, Sanda, and certain styles of Karate (especially full contact karate).