If you have ever heard of the name Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross, Smokin Jo Nattawut or Jorina Baars then you more than likely are familiar with the Lion Fight Muay Thai Promotion. It’s also possible that you have never watched any of their events but the name of Van Soest is one you know as she is one of the more recognizable athletes in combat sports. That’s due to her being one the few dominant champions in kickboxing holding titles in both the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Last night both Glory Kickboxing and Invicta FC announced that Tiffany has been signed to both promotion. It makes complete sense to see Tiffany in Glory as they continue to be the premiere organization for the top kick boxers across the globe. Timebomb has often mentioned a voyage into mma and has trained with the likes of Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne. So it’s also fitting that her new home for mma would be the top women’s organization Invicta FC. We will see Tiffany first in Glory as she has a scheduled bout on May 13th in a rematch against Jeri Sitzes. We should see Van Soest on a Invicta card this summer as she will compete in the always stacked strawweight division. This is quite a pick up by both promotions and the full joint release from Glory and Invicta FC is listed below.
From the press release:
In a joint announcement today, female MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships and the world’s premier kickboxing league GLORY reported independent agreements with striking sensation Tiffany “Time Bomb” Van Soest to compete in the sports of mixed martial arts and kickboxing simultaneously.
Van Soest, who holds a 14-2-1 record in kickboxing and has yet to make her professional MMA debut, is a decorated muay-thai and Shorin-ryu karate practitioner, previously holding the WBC Muaythai International Super Bantamweight Championship, Lion Fight Promotions Super Bantamweight Championship, and Lion Fight Promotions Featherweight Championship.
“I am beyond thrilled to have this incredible opportunity to not only sign with one, but two of combat sports’ top organizations,” said Van Soest. “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.”
Kickboxing will be first on the docket for Van Soest, making her organizational debut at GLORY 30 SuperFight Series, which streams live on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, May 13, taking on Jeri “Fists of Fury” Sitzes in a rematch of their muay thai bout in 2012.
“We’re extremely excited to bring Tiffany on board at GLORY. We are home to the best strikers in the world. Period, “said GLORY CEO Jon J Franklin. “Tiffany certainly fits that bill and this is a sign of things to come. She’s a multi-sport competitor and we love the idea of keeping her tools as sharp as possible.”
Van Soest’s professional MMA debut for Invicta FC has yet to be announced, but will likely take place this summer.
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp added: “Tiffany is as good as they come in the muay thai world and now she’s testing herself as a complete martial artist against some of the top strawweights in MMA as well. What’s not to like? The fans win here.”
Both organizations, which have a live event presence on UFC FIGHT PASS, will be in the California area next month, beginning with two world titles up for grabs at Invicta FC 17 from The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday, May 7.
Tickets for Invicta FC 17, available for $100, $75, $55, and $35, are on sale now at CageTix.com.
The following week, Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario hosts GLORY 30 Los Angeles and GLORY 30 SuperFight Series on Friday, May 13.
Tickets for GLORY 30 Los Angeles and GLORY 30 SuperFight Series are on sale now, priced at $152, $97, $77, $62 and $37. Tickets are available for purchase via AXS.com and at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office.