Tiffany van Soest

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Tiffany van Soest
Born Tiffany Lynn van Soest
(1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 26)
Torrance, California
Other names Time Bomb
Nationality American
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 56.7 kg (125 lb; 8.93 st)
Division Flyweight
Reach 64 in (160 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Shōrin-ryū Karate
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Blue Ocean Muay Thai
Trainer Alexander Palma
Rank      2nd Degree Black Belt in Shōrin-ryū Karate
Years active 2009-present
Kickboxing record
Total 13
Wins 10
By knockout 5
Losses 2
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 0
Losses 1
By submission 1
Amateur career
Total 12
Wins 10
By knockout 4
Losses 1
Draws 1
Other information
University CSU San Marcos
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 4, 2014

Tiffany Lynn van Soest[1] (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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] However, van Soest was soon drawn back to martial arts and found Muay Thai while living in San Diego, California.[4][5]


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.[6] 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.[7][8][9][10] Her original opponent was to be Tandi Schaffer but Schafer injured her hand in a previous bout and was forced to withdraw.[11][12][13][14]

Facing her first foreign opponent, van Soest fought to a draw with China's Cong Wang in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 16, 2010.[15][16]

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.[17][18][19][20] 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.[21]

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.[22][23] The pair were scheduled to rematch on July 21, 2012, in Croatia, but it never came to fruition.[24]

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.[25][26][27][28] She then followed this up with another unanimous points victory over Heidi Otterbein at Lion Fight 6 on May 12, 2012.[29][30][31]

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,[32][33][34] 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.[35]

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.[36][37] Having already fought three times for the organization, she then signed a multi-fight contract with Lion Fight Promotions the following month.[38][39]

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.[40][41][42][43] 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.[44][45][46]

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.[47][48][49][50] 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.[51][52][53]

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.[54][55][56]

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.[57][58]

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.[59][60][61] 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.[62][63][64][65]

Championships and awards[edit]


  • 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
    • 2012 North American Breakthrough Fighter of the Year[66]
    • 2013 North American Female Fighter of the Year[67]
  • United States Muay Thai Association
    • USMTA Women's Amateur California Featherweight Championship

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
12 wins (5 KOs), 2 loss, 1 draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2014-11-23 Loss Netherlands 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.[68]
2014-07-04 Win Italy Sindy Huyer Lion Fight 16 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (left front kick) 5 0:56 10-1-1
2014-05-23 Win England Lucy Payne Lion Fight 15 Ledyard, Connecticut, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 9-1-1
2014-02-07 Loss Australia 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 France Magali Foroni Lion Fight 12 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (corner stoppage) 3 2:15 8-0-1
2013-07-26 Win England 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 Canada Natalie Yip Lion Fight 9 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 6-0-1
2013-01-25 Win England 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 United States 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 Curaçao 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 Canada Heidi Otterbein Lion Fight 6 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 3-0
2012-02-25 Win United States Vivian Leung Lion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous) 5 3:00 2-0
2011-10-22 Win Ukraine 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
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2010-11-16 Draw China Cong Wang Wu Lin Feng: Las Vegas Spectacular Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Draw (majority) 3 3:00
2010-10-02 Win United States Gabriela Lemus WCK Muay Thai Pala, California, USA TKO 2
Wins the IAMTF Women's United States Featherweight Championship.
2010-08-14 Loss United States 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 United States Malia Spanyol Battle of the Champions San Diego, California, USA

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes


  1. ^ NSAC report of WCK Muay Thai
  2. ^ Official Lion Fight profile
  3. ^ Tiffany Van Soest local MMA/Muay Thai star
  4. ^ Tiffany Van Soest: “Come for My Looks, but Stay for My Skill”
  5. ^ Interview – Tiffany van Soest
  6. ^ Castillo defends IKF Title from Van Soest at Fight Night At The Mansion August 14th, 2010, San Mateo, CA, USA
  7. ^ WCK MuayThai Announces Results for October 2, 2010 Fights at Pala Casino
  8. ^ Updated WCK Muay Thai Pala fight card
  9. ^ WCK Muay Thai Boxing results from Saturday, October 2nd
  10. ^ WCK Muay Thai Pala Results - Grachev, and Adanza win
  12. ^ Tiffany Van Soest vs Tandi Schaffer Title Fight at Pala Casino
  13. ^ Update of Saturday’s Muay Thai/Kickboxing Event at Pala Casino
  14. ^ Grachev, Gonzalez, Adanza, Huang, Lara, Park, Chunhawat, and Pagliuso all in action at WCK Muay Thai October 2nd at Pala Casino
  19. ^ WCK Muay Thai to stage All-Amateur Muay Thai and MMA event
  20. ^ First in a series of MMA and Muay Thai shows at Pala Event Center
  21. ^ Tang Jin defeats Tiffany VanSoest
  22. ^ Tiffany Van Soest Wins her Kickboxing Match in Vegas
  23. ^ Tiffany Van Soest defeats Ukrainian Champion Lena Ovchynnikova
  24. ^ Coming off a Huge Win, Tiffany Van Soest Set for World Title Match in July
  25. ^ Schilling vs. Marcus, Mulkey vs. Choplin and more expected to take place at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
  26. ^ Coke, Embree, Leffler, Palacios and more expected to be in action at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
  27. ^ Fight card for Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
  28. ^ Results & Recap: Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5"
  29. ^ Vegas Muay Thai show to feature four San Diego fighters
  30. ^ Fight Card set for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus
  31. ^ Results & Recap: Lion Fight Muay Thai VI "Schilling vs. Marcus 2"
  32. ^ August 18, 2012 – Championship Muay Thai at PALA CA
  33. ^ April 7, 2012 results from the WCK Muay Thai show at Pala
  34. ^ Pala Casino scheduled to host “Champion of Champions” four Muay Thai World Title fights
  35. ^ Results and Recap: WCK Muay Thai "Nakamoto vs. Kitchen"
  36. ^ Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest and Coke Chunhawat vs. Adrian Morilla expected for Lion Fight Muay Thai VII
  37. ^ Results and Recap of Lion Fight Muay Thai 7: Walker KO's Schilling
  38. ^ Lion Fight Promotions inks Tiffany Van Soest to multi-fight deal
  39. ^ Weekend Results: Eddie Walker KO's Joe Schilling
  40. ^ Yodsanklai vs. Gregory Choplin official for "Lion Fight 8" main event, Tiffany Van Soest vs. Alexis Rufus to serve as co-main event
  41. ^ "Lion Fight 8" fight card set with 8 pro bouts; Ross vs. Kwiatkowski, Bonnel vs. Campbell and Malaipet vs. Gulati all official
  42. ^ Lion Fight 8 Results and Recap: Yodsanklai Fairtex impressive in American debut
  43. ^ Lion Fight 8 Live Results
  44. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin official for Lion Fight 9; Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross, and Joe Schilling all in action as well
  45. ^ Results and Recap: Lion Fight 9
  46. ^ Lion Fight 9 Live Updates
  47. ^ Yodsanklai set to headline Lion Fight 10, co-main event to feature Matt Embree vs. Kevin Ross
  48. ^ Yodsanklai vs. Chike Lindsay, Ognjen Topic vs. Coke Chunhawat, and more expected at Lion Fight 10
  49. ^ Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay official for Lion Fight 10 in July
  50. ^ Tiffany Van Soest vs. Lucy Payne set for Lion Fight women's world featherweight title at Lion Fight 10
  51. ^ Lion Fight 10 Results
  52. ^ Lion Fight 10 Results and Recap
  53. ^ Lion Fight 10 Full Results: Yodsanklai, Embree Victorious
  54. ^ Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. Fabio Pinca and Tiffany Van Soest vs. Magali Foroni set for Lion Fight 12
  55. ^ Lion Fight 12 Results and Highlights
  56. ^ Lion Fight 12 Results and Recap: Fabio Pinca out points Malaipet
  57. ^ Lion Fight 13 Results
  58. ^ Lion Fight 13 Results and Recap
  59. ^ Lion Fight 15 Highlights and Results
  60. ^ Lion Fight 15 Results
  61. ^ Bellator Alum Cosmo Alexandre Outpoints UFC Vet Mark Holst in Lion Fight 15 Headliner
  62. ^ Lion Fight 16 Live Results
  63. ^ Lion Fight 16 Results and Recap
  64. ^ Kevin Ross, Tiffany Van Soest Dominate at Lion Fight 16
  65. ^ Tiffany Timebomb Van Soest Signs Exclusive Deal with Lion Fight Promotions
  66. ^ 2012 Muay Thai Authority Awards
  67. ^ 2013 Muay Thai Authority Awards
  68. ^ Enfusion Live #22 Live Results and Stream

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