Tiffany Van Soest has decided to give MMA a go.
The talented fighter, who signed to fight under the Invicta FC and Glory banners, is 14-2-1 as a kickboxer, though 0-0 in professional MMA. She held 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.”
GLORY today confirmed Van Soest for an appearance on the Glory 30 Superfight Series card taking place at Glory 30: Los Angeles on Saturday, May 13. She will face Jeri “Fists of Fury” Sitzes in a what will be their second fight. They met under Muay Thai rules in 2012, where Van Soest won a unanimous decision.
“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.”
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.”
News on Van Soest’s professional MMA debut for Invicta FC was not forthcoming as yet. Indicators are that it will take place in the summer but a date, location and opponent are all unknown at this stage.
Interestingly both Invicta and Glory have a presence on UFC Fight Pass and if Van Soest’s MMA activities go well it’s hard to imagine that she won’t get the UFC call-up in the future.
Glory 30: Los Angeles goes down at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in the suburb of Ontario on Friday, May 13. It is the organization’s second visit to the venue. The first was Glory 10 in 2013 and saw Joe Schilling win the inaugural middleweight tournament.
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