Tiffany van Soest
|Tiffany van Soest|
|Born||Tiffany Lynn van Soest
March 20, 1989
|Other names||Time Bomb|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||56.7 kg (125 lb; 8.93 st)|
|Reach||64 in (160 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Shōrin-ryū Karate|
|Fighting out of||San Diego, California|
Blue Ocean Muay Thai
|Rank||Shōrin-ryū Karate2nd Degree Black Belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||CSU San Marcos|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
A Dutch American, Tiffany van Soest was born in Torrance, California and raised in Riverside, California. The first sport she became involved in was 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.
Van Soest began fighting in amateur Muay Thai in 2009 and had her first title fight on August 14, 2010 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California, challenging IKF Women's Amateur World Muay Thai Bantamweight (-55.45 kg/122.2 lb) Champion Jenna Castillo for her belt. After what was called the "Fight of the Night", van Soest lost the challenge to Castillo by unanimous decision on scores of 50-44, 49-45 and 49-45. She soon captured the USMTA Women's Amateur California Featherweight Championship and then defeated Gabriela Lemus by technical knockout in the second round of their contest in Pala, California on October 2, 2010, to claim the IAMTF Women's United States Featherweight title. Her original opponent was to be Tandi Schaffer but Schafer injured her hand in a previous bout and was forced to withdraw.
She debuted as an amateur mixed martial artist on February 26, 2011, at the Road to WCK event in Pala where she TKO'd Kate McGray with a combination of a left high kick and standing-to-ground punches early in the second round. She had her first international bout in her second appearance in amateur MMA as she lost to Jin Tang via submission due to a triangle choke inside the first round in Nanning, China on June 18, 2011. The fight is notable for being the first female MMA match to be held in mainland China.
After amassing a record of 10-1-1 as an amateur nak muay, Van Soest turned professional on October 22, 2011, and was initially set to rematch Cong Wang in her pro debut in Las Vegas. However, Wang was unable to compete and replaced by four-time world champion Lena Ovchynnikova. Van Soest won by TKO after Ovchynnikova retired in her corner with a broken hand at the end of round two. The pair were scheduled to rematch on July 21, 2012, in Croatia, but it never came to fruition.
In her sophomore appearance as a pro, van Soest defeated Vivian Leung by unanimous decision at Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 in Las Vegas on February 25, 2012. She then followed this up with another unanimous points victory over Heidi Otterbein at Lion Fight 6 on May 12, 2012.
In just her fourth outing as a pro, she was given the chance to fight for the vacant IKKC Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship on August 18, 2012, in Pala. Facing Jemyma Betrian after her original foe Hilary Mack pulled out, van Soest and her Dutch-based Curaçaoan opponent put on a back-and-forth "Fight of the Night" display. Van Soest scored a knockdown with a spinning back fist in the second round, and Betrian was docked a point in the third for rabbit punching. Despite this, two judges scored the bout a draw and the other in the favour of van Soest, rendering the match a majority draw.
On October 13, 2012, van Soest took the WBC Muaythai Women's International Super Bantamweight (-55.338 kg/122 lb) title from the previously undefeated Jeri Sitzes at Lion Fight 7 in Las Vegas. After a slow first two rounds, she began taking the lead from the third, scoring with low kicks and punches to take the unanimous decision. Having already fought three times for the organization, she then signed a multi-fight contract with Lion Fight Promotions the following month.
In the co-main event of Lion Fight 8, the promotion's first event televised nationally, she faced Alexis Rufus on January 25, 2013. It was a closely contested affair up until round four when van Soest rocked Rufus with a high kick before dropping her for good with a right hand. Van Soest was again in the co-main event at Lion Fight 9 on March 15, 2013, as she took a wide unanimous decision over Natalie Yip, who was debuting as a professional.
Tiffany van Soest had no trouble defeating Lucy Payne in a bout for the inaugural Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (-56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship at Lion Fight 10 in Las Vegas on July 26, 2013. Despite giving up the height and reach advantage, she was able to get inside and hurt Payne, cornering the Englishwoman while landing a flurry of punches and elbows. Payne dropped to a knee, forcing the referee to step in and halt the bout and give Soest the TKO win in round one.
In a non-title affair at Lion Fight 12 in Las Vegas on November 1, 2013, van Soest completely outclassed Magali Foroni. The Frenchwoman offered little to no offense for two rounds until her corner threw in the towel midway through the third.
She lost her Lion Fight title at her first attempted defence, losing to Caley Reece in the Lion Fight 13 headliner on February 7, 2014. Although it was a close fight, Reece's use of the clinch and sweeps saw her take a split decision and hand van Soest her first professional defeat.
She rematched Lucy Payne on March 23, 2014 at Lion Fight 15, which was the promotion's first card outside Las Vegas and held in Ledyard, Connecticut, and used chopping low kicks to slow Payne's movement en route to winning a unanimous decision. Van Soest defeated Sindy Huyer via TKO fifty-six seconds into round five at Lion Fight 16 in Las Vegas on July 4, 2014. Referee Junichiro Kamijo stopped the bout after van Soest landed a front kick to Huyer's face,which broke Huyer's nose, quickly followed with a left hook to the jaw.
Championships and awards
- United States Karate Organization
- USKA California Championship
- USKA United States Championship
- USKA World Championship
- International Amateur Muay Thai Federation
- IAMTF Women's United States Featherweight Championship
- Lion Fight
- Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (-56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship
- Muay Thai Authority
- United States Muay Thai Association
- USMTA Women's Amateur California Featherweight Championship
- World Boxing Council Muaythai
- WBC Muaythai Women's International Super Bantamweight (-55.338 kg/122 lb) Championship
|Professional kickboxing record|
|12 wins (5 KOs), 2 loss, 1 draw|
|2014-11-23||Loss||Denise Kielholtz||Enfusion Live 22||Groningen, Netherlands||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||10-2-1|
|For the Enfusion Live Women's -57 kg/126 lb Championship.|
|2014-07-04||Win||Sindy Huyer||Lion Fight 16||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||TKO (left front kick)||5||0:56||10-1-1|
|2014-05-23||Win||Lucy Payne||Lion Fight 15||Ledyard, Connecticut, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||9-1-1|
|2014-02-07||Loss||Caley Reece||Lion Fight 13||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Decision (split)||5||3:00||8-1-1|
|Loses the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (-56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.|
|2013-11-01||Win||Magali Foroni||Lion Fight 12||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||TKO (corner stoppage)||3||2:15||8-0-1|
|2013-07-26||Win||Lucy Payne||Lion Fight 10||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||TKO (punches and elbows)||1||2:30||7-0-1|
|Wins the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (-56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.|
|2013-03-15||Win||Natalie Yip||Lion Fight 9||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||6-0-1|
|2013-01-25||Win||Alexis Rufus||Lion Fight 8||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||KO (left high kick and punches)||4||2:05||5-0-1|
|2012-10-13||Win||Jeri Sitzes||Lion Fight 7||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||4-0-1|
|Wins the WBC Muaythai Women's International Super Bantamweight (-55.338 kg/122 lb) Championship.|
|2012-08-18||Draw||Jemyma Betrian||WCK Muay Thai: Nakamoto vs. Kitchen||Pala, California, USA||Draw (majority)||5||3:00||3-0-1|
|For the IKKC Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship.|
|2012-05-12||Win||Heidi Otterbein||Lion Fight 6||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||3-0|
|2012-02-25||Win||Vivian Leung||Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5||3:00||2-0|
|2011-10-22||Win||Lena Ovchynnikova||WCK Muay Thai||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||TKO (broken hand)||2||3:00||1-0|
|Amateur kickboxing record|
|10 wins (4 KOs), 1 loss, 1 draw|
|2010-11-16||Draw||Cong Wang||Wu Lin Feng: Las Vegas Spectacular||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Draw (majority)||3||3:00|
|2010-10-02||Win||Gabriela Lemus||WCK Muay Thai||Pala, California, USA||TKO||2|
|Wins the IAMTF Women's United States Featherweight Championship.|
|2010-08-14||Loss||Jenna Castillo||Fight Night at the Mansion||San Mateo, California, USA||Decision (unanimous)||5|
|For the IKF Women's Amateur World Muay Thai Bantamweight (-55.45 kg/122.2 lb) Championship.|
|2009-11-20||Win||Malia Spanyol||Battle of the Champions||San Diego, California, USA|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- NSAC report of WCK Muay Thai
- Official Lion Fight profile
- Tiffany Van Soest local MMA/Muay Thai star
- Tiffany Van Soest: “Come for My Looks, but Stay for My Skill”
- Interview – Tiffany van Soest
- Castillo defends IKF Title from Van Soest at Fight Night At The Mansion August 14th, 2010, San Mateo, CA, USA
- WCK MuayThai Announces Results for October 2, 2010 Fights at Pala Casino
- Updated WCK Muay Thai Pala fight card
- WCK Muay Thai Boxing results from Saturday, October 2nd
- WCK Muay Thai Pala Results - Grachev, and Adanza win
- PALA CASINO PRESENTS WCK FULL RULES MUAYTHAI, OCTOBER 2, 2010
- Tiffany Van Soest vs Tandi Schaffer Title Fight at Pala Casino
- Update of Saturday’s Muay Thai/Kickboxing Event at Pala Casino
- Grachev, Gonzalez, Adanza, Huang, Lara, Park, Chunhawat, and Pagliuso all in action at WCK Muay Thai October 2nd at Pala Casino
- HARRAH’S CASINO FIGHTCARD FOR NOVEMBER 13TH, 2010
- IN SYNC PRODUCTIONS, DENNIS WARNER AND HENAN TV NETWORK REPORT RESULTS OF “WULINFENG LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR” NOVEMBER 13, 2010, HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS
- WCK MUAYTHAI CREATES ALL-AMATEUR MUAY THAI AND MMA EVENT “ROAD TO WCK”
- WCK MUAYTHAI ANNOUNCES SECOND “ROAD TO WCK” MUAY THAI AND MMA EVENT
- WCK Muay Thai to stage All-Amateur Muay Thai and MMA event
- First in a series of MMA and Muay Thai shows at Pala Event Center
- Tang Jin defeats Tiffany VanSoest
- Tiffany Van Soest Wins her Kickboxing Match in Vegas
- Tiffany Van Soest defeats Ukrainian Champion Lena Ovchynnikova
- Coming off a Huge Win, Tiffany Van Soest Set for World Title Match in July
- Schilling vs. Marcus, Mulkey vs. Choplin and more expected to take place at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Coke, Embree, Leffler, Palacios and more expected to be in action at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Fight card for Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Results & Recap: Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
- Vegas Muay Thai show to feature four San Diego fighters
- Fight Card set for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus
- Results & Recap: Lion Fight Muay Thai VI "Schilling vs. Marcus 2"
- August 18, 2012 – Championship Muay Thai at PALA CA
- April 7, 2012 results from the WCK Muay Thai show at Pala
- Pala Casino scheduled to host “Champion of Champions” four Muay Thai World Title fights
- Results and Recap: WCK Muay Thai "Nakamoto vs. Kitchen"
- Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest and Coke Chunhawat vs. Adrian Morilla expected for Lion Fight Muay Thai VII
- Results and Recap of Lion Fight Muay Thai 7: Walker KO's Schilling
- Lion Fight Promotions inks Tiffany Van Soest to multi-fight deal
- Weekend Results: Eddie Walker KO's Joe Schilling
- Yodsanklai vs. Gregory Choplin official for "Lion Fight 8" main event, Tiffany Van Soest vs. Alexis Rufus to serve as co-main event
- "Lion Fight 8" fight card set with 8 pro bouts; Ross vs. Kwiatkowski, Bonnel vs. Campbell and Malaipet vs. Gulati all official
- Lion Fight 8 Results and Recap: Yodsanklai Fairtex impressive in American debut
- Lion Fight 8 Live Results
- Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin official for Lion Fight 9; Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross, and Joe Schilling all in action as well
- Results and Recap: Lion Fight 9
- Lion Fight 9 Live Updates
- Yodsanklai set to headline Lion Fight 10, co-main event to feature Matt Embree vs. Kevin Ross
- Yodsanklai vs. Chike Lindsay, Ognjen Topic vs. Coke Chunhawat, and more expected at Lion Fight 10
- Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay official for Lion Fight 10 in July
- Tiffany Van Soest vs. Lucy Payne set for Lion Fight women's world featherweight title at Lion Fight 10
- Lion Fight 10 Results
- Lion Fight 10 Results and Recap
- Lion Fight 10 Full Results: Yodsanklai, Embree Victorious
- Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. Fabio Pinca and Tiffany Van Soest vs. Magali Foroni set for Lion Fight 12
- Lion Fight 12 Results and Highlights
- Lion Fight 12 Results and Recap: Fabio Pinca out points Malaipet
- Lion Fight 13 Results
- Lion Fight 13 Results and Recap
- Lion Fight 15 Highlights and Results
- Lion Fight 15 Results
- Bellator Alum Cosmo Alexandre Outpoints UFC Vet Mark Holst in Lion Fight 15 Headliner
- Lion Fight 16 Live Results
- Lion Fight 16 Results and Recap
- Kevin Ross, Tiffany Van Soest Dominate at Lion Fight 16
- Tiffany Timebomb Van Soest Signs Exclusive Deal with Lion Fight Promotions
- 2012 Muay Thai Authority Awards
- 2013 Muay Thai Authority Awards
- Enfusion Live #22 Live Results and Stream