Tiffany van Soest

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Tiffany van Soest
BornTiffany Lynn van Soest
(1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 34)
Torrance, California, United States
Other namesTime Bomb
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight56.7 kg (125 lb; 8.93 st)
Division Flyweight
Bantamweight
Reach64 in (160 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Shōrin-ryū Karate
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands
TeamBlue Ocean Muay Thai
FFC Bijlmer
TrainerAlexander Palma
Lucien Carbin
Rank  2nd Degree Black Belt in Shōrin-ryū Karate
Years active2009–2023
Kickboxing record
Total34
Wins26
By knockout10
Losses6
By knockout0
Draws2
Mixed martial arts record
Total3
Wins1
By decision1
Losses2
By submission2
Other information
University CSU San Marcos
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Last updated on: July 4, 2014

Tiffany Lynn van Soest (born March 20, 1989) [1] is a retired American Muay Thai kickboxer who competed in the bantamweight division. She is the former two-time Glory Super Bantamweight Champion and a two-weight Lion Fight champion.

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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. Prior to her switch to kickboxing, van Soest was the two-time Lion Fight Women's Featherweight and one-time Lion Fight Women's Super Bantamweight champion. As a professional kickboxer, van Soest twice captured the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight championship, amassing five defenses across two reigns, only suffering losses to fellow pound-for-pound ranked Anissa Meksen and Denise Kielholtz.

Combat Press ranked her as a pound-for-pound talent between November 2016 and September 2023, when she retired from professional competition. [2] [3] In 2019, Combat Press voted her the Female Fighter of the Year. [4]

Early life

Tiffany van Soest was born in Torrance, California, and raised in Riverside, California. Her paternal grandfather was a Dutch-Indonesian born in Semarang, in the former Dutch East Indies. He immigrated to the Netherlands in the early 1950s and met his ethnically Dutch wife in the Hague, after which they both moved to the United States. Van Soest is of maternal Austrian and Polish descent. [5] The first sports she became involved in were soccer 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. [6]

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. [7] However, van Soest was soon drawn back to martial arts and found Muay Thai while living in San Diego, California. [8] [9]

Muay Thai and kickboxing career

Amateur career

Tiffany 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. [10] She soon captured the United States Muay Thai Association Women's Amateur California Featherweight Championship and then defeated Gabriela Lemus by technical knockout (TKO) in the second round of their contest in Pala, California on October 2, 2010, to claim the International Amateur Muay Thai Federation Women's United States Featherweight title. [11] [12] [13] Her original opponent was to be Tandi Schaffer, but Schafer injured her hand in a previous bout and was forced to withdraw. [14] [15] [16] [17] Facing her first foreign opponent, van Soest fought to a draw with China's Cong Wang in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 16, 2010. [18] [19]

She debuted as an amateur in mixed martial arts (MMA) 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. [20] [21] [22] [23] 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. [24]

Lion Fight

Early career

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. [25] [26] The pair were scheduled to rematch on July 21, 2012, in Croatia, but it never came to fruition. [27] 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. [28] [29] [30] [31] She then followed this up with another unanimous points victory over Heidi Otterbein at Lion Fight 6 on May 12, 2012. [32] [33] [34]

In just her fourth outing as a pro, she was given the chance to fight for the vacant International Karate and Kickboxing Council 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, [35] [36] [37] 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. [38]

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 in the third, scoring with low kicks and punches to take the unanimous decision. [39] [40] Having already fought three times for the organization, she then signed a multi-fight contract with Lion Fight Promotions the following month. [41] [42]

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. [43] [44] [45] [46] 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. [47] [48] [49]

First featherweight title reign

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. [50] [51] [52] [53] 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. [54] [55] [56]

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. [57] [58] [59] Van Soest 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. [60] [61]

Van Soest rematched Lucy Payne on March 23, 2014, at Lion Fight 15, which was held in Ledyard, Connecticut. It was the promotion's first card outside Las Vegas. Van Soest used chopping low kicks to slow Payne's movement en route to winning a unanimous decision. [62] [63] [64] 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. [65] [66] [67] [68] After a failed excursion into kickboxing, which saw her challenge and lose to the Enfusion 57 kg champion Denise Kielholtz by unanimous decision, van Soest was booked to face Chajmaa Bellakhal at Lion Fight 21 on March 27, 2015. [69] She won the fight by unanimous decision. [70]

Second featherweight title reign

Her 3–0 run with the promotion earned van Soeast the right to challenge Bernise Alldis for the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship at Lion Fight 22 on May 22, 2015. [71] She won the fight by a fourth-round technical knockout. The bout was stopped by the ringside physician due to a massive gash across Alldis' right cheek. [72] van Soest made her fist title defense against Poland's Martyna Krol at Lion Fight 23 on July 31, 2015. [73] She retained the title by unanimous decision. [74] After successfully making the first defense of her featherweight title, van Soest moved down a weight class in order to face Ashley Nichols for the vacant Lion Fight Women's Super Bantamweight (54.4 kg/120 lb) Championship at Lion Fight 27 on January 29, 2016. [75] She won the fight by unanimous decision. [76] van Soest complained of not having received payment from the organization following the fight, [77] which was later clarified by Lion Fight, who stated: "There was an issue when the check was deposited and this morning, payment was wired to her account to resolve the matter". [78]

Glory

First super bantamweight title reign

On April 6, 2016, it was announced that van Soest had signed with Glory and would compete in their super bantamweight division. [79] Immediately after signing with the promotion, van Soest was placed in the 2016 Glory Super Bantamweight Tournament, which happened across two different events, with the semifinals and finals taking place on the same day. van Soest faced Esma Hasshass in the quarterfinals at Glory 30: Los Angeles on May 13, 2016. [80] She won her promotional debut by unanimous decision. [81] van Soest faced Jessica Gladstone in the penultimate bout of the tournament at Glory 36: Oberhausen on December 10, 2016. [82] She her second fight with Glory by unanimous decision as well. Advancing to the finals, van Soest faced the ISKA and WKN World champion Amel Dehby. She captured the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight Championship by unanimous decision, after winning her second fight of the day by unanimous decision. [83] Winning this tournament earned van Soest the 2016 Glory "Newcomer of the Year" award. [84]

van Soest made her first Glory title defense against the former WLF 55 kg champion Meryem Uslu at Glory 44: Chicago on August 25, 2017. Uslu stepped in as a replacement for Funda Alkayiş. [85] van Soest won the fight by a fourth-round technical knockout, her first stoppage win with the promotion. [86] van Soest made her second title defense against the former ISKA, WAKO and Kunlun Fight champion Anissa Meksen at Glory 48: New York on December 1, 2017. [87] She lost her title by unanimous decision, with scores of 49–46, 49–46, 48–47. [88]

Second super bantamweight title reign

van Soest faced Sofia Olofsson at Glory 55: New York on July 20, 2018. [89] She won the fight by split decision. [90] This victory earned van Soest to face Anissa Meksen in a rematch for the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight Championship at Glory 64: Strasbourg on March 9, 2019. [91] [92] Meksen won the fight by split decision. [93]

Despite having lost to Anissa Meksen twice, the close nature of their second meeting was enough for Glory to book a trilogy match at Glory 71: Chicago on November 22, 2019. [94] van Soest regained the title after winning the fight by unanimous decision, with scores of 48–47, 48–47, 49–46. [95] van Soest made the first defense of her second reign against Aline Pereira at Glory 77: Rotterdam on January 30, 2021. [96] She won the fight by unanimous decision. [97] van Soest made her second title defense against Manazo Kobayashi at Glory 80 on March 19, 2022. [98] She won the fight by a fifth-round technical knockout. [99] van Soest was booked to make her third title defense against the WAKO-Pro World 56 kg champion Sarah Moussaddak at Glory: Collision 4 on October 8, 2022. [100] She retained the title by a controversial unanimous decision. [101]

van Soest made her fourth and final Glory Women's Super Bantamweight title defense in a re-match against Sarah Moussaddak at Glory 88 on September 9, 2023, [102] this time winning by knockout in the second round. During the post-fight interviews, van Soest confirmed her previous announcement that this was her last fight, as she was retiring from combat sports. [103]

Mixed martial arts career

Van Soest made her Invicta debut on September 23, 2016, against Kalyn Schwartz at Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi. [104] She lost the fight via rear-naked choke on round two. [105]

Her next fight came on May 20, 2017, facing Christine Ferea at Invicta FC 23: Porto vs. Niedźwiedź. [106] She won the fight via unanimous decision. [107]

Championships and awards

Karate

Kickboxing / Muay Thai

Kickboxing record

Professional Kickboxing record
26 Wins (10 (T)KOs), 6 Losses, 2 Draws
DateResultOpponentEventLocationMethodRoundTimeRecord
2023-09-09Win Flag of France.svg Sarah Moussaddak Glory 88 Paris, France KO (High kick)21:4726–6–2
Defends the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2022-10-08Win Flag of France.svg Sarah Moussaddak Glory: Collision 4 Arnhem, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous)53:0025–6–2
Defends the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2022-03-19Win Flag of Japan.svg Manazo Kobayashi Glory 80 Hasselt, Belgium TKO (Spinning back kick)52:5624–6–2
Defends the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2021-01-30Win Flag of Brazil.svg Aline Pereira Glory 77: Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands Decision (unanimous)53:0023–6–2
Defends the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2019-11-22Win Flag of France.svg Anissa Meksen Glory 71: Chicago Chicago, Illinois Decision (unanimous)53:0022–6–2
Wins the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2019-03-09Loss Flag of France.svg Anissa Meksen Glory 64: Strasbourg Strasbourg, France Decision (split)53:0021–6–2
For the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2018-07-20Win Flag of Sweden.svg Sofia Olofsson Glory 55: New York New York City, New York Decision (split)33:0021–5–2
2017-12-01Loss Flag of France.svg Anissa Meksen Glory 48: New York New York City, New York Decision (unanimous)53:0020–5–2
Loses the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2017-08-25Win Flag of Germany.svg Meryem Uslu Glory 44: Chicago Hoffman Estates, Illinois TKO (punches)40:3620–4–2
Retains the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2016-12-10Win Flag of France.svg Amel Dehby Glory 36: Oberhausen, Final Oberhausen, Germany Decision (unanimous)33:0019–4–2
Wins the Glory Women's Super Bantamweight (55.38 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2016-12-10Win Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jessica Gladstone Glory 36: Oberhausen, Semi Finals Oberhausen, Germany Decision (unanimous)33:0018–4–2
2016-05-13Win Flag of Morocco.svg Esma Hasshass Glory 30: Los Angeles, Quarter Finals Ontario, California, USA Decision (unanimous)33:0017–4–2
2016-01-29Win Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ashley NicholsLion Fight 27 Temecula, California, USA Decision (unanimous)53:0016–4–2
Won the vacant Lion Fight Women's Super Bantamweight (54.4 kg/120 lb) Championship.
2015-07-31Win Flag of Poland.svg Martyna KrolLion Fight 23 Temecula, California, USA Decision (Unanimous)53:0015–4–2
Retains the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.
2015-05-22Win Flag of England.svg Bernise Alldis Lion Fight 22 Henderson, Nevada, USATKO (stoppage due to cut)41:4414–4–2
Wins the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.
2015-03-27Win Flag of the Netherlands.svg Chajmaa BellakhalLion Fight 21 Temecula, California, USA Decision (unanimous)53:0013–4–2
2014-11-23Loss Flag of the Netherlands.svg Denise Kielholtz Enfusion Live 22 Groningen, Netherlands Decision (unanimous)53:0012–4–2
For the Enfusion Live Women's −57 kg/126 lb Championship. [112]
2014-07-04Win Flag of Italy.svg Sindy HuyerLion Fight 16 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (left front kick)50:5612–3–2
2014-05-23Win Flag of England.svg Lucy Payne Lion Fight 15 Ledyard, Connecticut, USADecision (unanimous)53:0011–3–2
2014-02-07Loss Flag of Australia (converted).svg Caley Reece Lion Fight 13 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (split)53:0010–3–2
Loses the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.
2013-11-01Win Flag of France.svg Magali ForoniLion Fight 12 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (corner stoppage)32:1510–2–2
Retains the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.
2013-07-26Win Flag of England.svg Lucy Payne Lion Fight 10 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (punches and elbows)12:309–2–2
Wins the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight (56.7 kg/125 lb) Championship.
2013-03-15Win Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Natalie YipLion Fight 9 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous)53:008–2–2
2013-01-25Win Flag of England.svg Alexis Rufus Lion Fight 8 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA KO (left high kick and punches)42:057–2–2
2012-10-13Win Flag of the United States.svg Jeri Sitzes Lion Fight 7 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous)53:006–2–2
Wins the WBC Muaythai Women's International Super Bantamweight (55.338 kg/122 lb) Championship.
2012-08-18Draw Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jemyma Betrian WCK Muay Thai: Nakamoto vs. Kitchen Pala, California, USADraw (majority)53:005–2–2
For the IKKC Women's World Super Bantamweight Muay Thai Championship.
2012-05-12Win Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Heidi OtterbeinLion Fight 6 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous)53:005–2–1
2012-02-25Win Flag of the United States.svg Vivian LeungLion Fight: Battle in the Desert 5 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (unanimous)53:004–2–1
2011-10-22Win Flag of Ukraine.svg Lena Ovchynnikova WCK Muay Thai Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (broken hand)23:003–2–1
2010-11-13Draw Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wang Cong Wu Lin Feng: Las Vegas Spectacular Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Draw (majority)33:002–2–1
2010-10-02Win Flag of the United States.svg Gabriela LemusWCK Muay Thai Pala, California, USATKO22–2
Wins the IAMTF Women's United States Featherweight Championship.
2010-08-14Loss Flag of the United States.svg Jenna CastilloFight Night at the Mansion San Mateo, California, USADecision (unanimous)51–2
For the IKF Women's Amateur World Muay Thai Bantamweight (55.45 kg/122.2 lb) Championship.
2010-01-02Loss Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gong Yanli Wu Lin Feng: China vs USA Zhengzhou, China Decision (unanimous) [113] 32:001–1
2009-11-20Win Flag of the United States.svg Malia SpanyolBattle of the Champions San Diego, California, USA1–0
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
3 matches1 win2 losses
By submission02
By decision10
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win1–2 Christine Ferea Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 23: Porto vs. Niedźwiedź May 20, 201735:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss0–2 Kalyn Schwartz Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi September 23, 201622:08 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss0–1Jin TangSubmission (triangle choke)WBC Muay Thai - MMA in ChinaJune 18, 201112:25 Nanning, China

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