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: 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.


Johny ‘Big Rigg’ Hendricks and ‘The Natural Born Killer’ Carlos Condit square off in the co-main event at UFC 158. Hendricks enters the Octagon enjoying a 6-fight win streak, three of which coming by way of knockout in the very first round.


Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama’s clash at UFC 120 earned Fight of the Night honors after going the full three rounds. Don’t miss Bisping take on Anderson Silva at Fight Night London on Feb. 27 streaming exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.


FIGHT THEATER: GASTON BOLANOS VS. KRONPHET PHETRACHAPET


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


In his first fight in the UFC, Stephen Thompson dominated and earned a first-round KO against Dan Stittgen. Now at 6-1 and the winner of five straight, Thompson will take on Johny Hendricks on Feb. 6 live on FS1.

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.

Fight Theater: Tiffany van Soest vs. Natalie Yip

Lion Fight announced that former titleholder Tiffany van Soest will make her return to the Lion Fight cage in March. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Timebomb,” she’s one of the most exciting fighters in Muay Thai.

If you are a fan and you can’t wait for March, here’s a video of her fight against Natalie Yip at Lion Fight 9.

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.