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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Note: This is the news story I wrote for Cage Pages about the additions to the Invicta FC 19 lineup.
Invicta fans were already excited for the promotion’s upcoming September card, which includes two title bouts – and now there are more fights slated for the event.
Invicta Fighting Championships announced six additional bouts to their Sept. 23 card where Jennifer Maia defends the interim flyweight title against Roxanne Modafferi and Ayaka Hamasaki’s atomweight title defense against Jinh Yu Frey.
Among the fights include the Invicta and professional MMA debut of Muay Thai champion Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest against an unnamed opponent. The former Lion Fight titleholder signed with Invicta in April. She hasn’t competing in an MMA bout since 2011 where Jin Tang submitted her with a triangle choke in the first round of their fight.
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Invicta Fighting Championships’ roster got a bit of a shakeup this morning as the promotion announced they signed a contract with Van Soest. This comes off the heels of “Time Bomb” signing with Glory Kickboxing.
Van Soest has made a name for herself fighting for Lion Fight where she went 9-1 and racked up a few world championships. She signed an exclusive contract with them a few years ago, and while the relationship seemed to be a good one, Van Soest recently alluded to the promotion not paying her for her fights and even had to sell one of her championship belts.
Fans have been asking Van Soest, whose MMA experience is at 0-1 – where she lost to Jin Tang via submission – when she would make her return to mixed martial arts. Well fight fans, the time has come for her to return. Proficient strikers like Holly Holm, Sarah Kaufman and Angela Hill have made successful transitions to MMA.
While her Invicta debut isn’t set yet, Van Soest will compete at Glory 30 where she takes on Jeri Sitzes, who she defeated in 2012. She is currently 14-2-1 in the boxing world.
This is a good move for Van Soest as fighting for Glory and Invicta, which both air events on UFC Fight Pass, will introduce her to a bigger audience in both MMA and kickboxing. This is also a way for Glory, who has featured a few women’s bouts here and there, to develop weight classes featuring women fighters.
In a news release, Van Soest said she is “thrilled” to be signing with two of the biggest combat sports organizations.
“Striking has always been my passion and my official MMA debut has been greatly anticipated, so to be able to compete in both is a dream come true and I could not be happier,” Van Soest said.
Note: Van Soest has had one professional MMA fight and one amateur fight according to Sherdog.com.
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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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