Tiffany van Soest will be making her professional MMA bow on September 23rd against newcomer Kalyn Schwartz at Invicta FC 19.
“Time Bomb” will be stepping into the cage with some hype behind her. The Torrance, California, native—who owns a second degree black belt in karate—is a decorated striker in both kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds, earning the WBC international super-bantamweight Muay Thai title and the Lion Fight featherweight championship among other accolades during her fighting career.
Despite its billing, there is a little confusion as to whether this is the 27-year-old striker’s professional MMA debut or not. Van Soest made her amateur MMA debut back in 2011, knocking out Kate McGray in the second round. That’s for sure. However, she lost a second bout later in 2011—submitting to experienced Chinese (professional) fighter Jin Tang’s triangle choke inside the first five minutes of their fight. Some considered this a professional bout due to Tang’s status, while others—including the subject matter—insist it was an amateur contest.
Cynicism aside, this is still a big deal for women’s MMA and Invicta FC. Van Soest finds herself in esteemed company while making the transition from high-level Muay Thai to MMA. Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko both successfully switched disciplines and they have impressed ever since stepping foot in the Octagon in their respective divisions. This latest addition to the WMMA fold could prove very significant.
In May, van Soest teased that she would love to compete in MMA, but the Californian told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani her return would be about “one or two years away.” Those 12-24 months have transformed to just four and Time Bomb is ticking away ahead of her showdown against Schwartz.
Her opponent also kicks off her professional fighting career on September 23rd. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Schwartz has six amateur wins under ….View full article