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Muay Thai champ Tiffany van Soest says she’s ‘one or two years away’ from breaking out in MMA

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After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons.

The 27-year-old “Time Bomb” recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles.

And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut — which will double officially as her MMA debut — van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.

How will she manage not only transitioning from the art of eight limbs to MMA, but compartmentalize her training as she attempts to do both concurrently? The versatile Van Soest says she’s working on it.

“I think right now the most difficult thing to figure out is the in-between stuff,” she said during an interview on The MMA Hour. “Obviously the groundwork is my main priority, because it is my weakest area, but the transition, just the really subtle changes I’m going to figure out as I go. I don’t think it should be too much of a problem. I’ve been training MMA and helping out some of the girls in the UFC, like Carla Esparza, I’ve been working with Jessica Penne. For years, I’ve been sparring partners with them, I’ve been learning from them a little bit here and there.

“So I’m not completely foreign, completely new to MMA. But now it’s just really about sinking my teeth into the ground work and training it for myself instead of as a partner for these other girls.”

Van Soest, not unlike Tyrone Spong who went back and forth between Glory’s ring and WSOF’s cage, has tremendous upside, ….View full article

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