In a joint announcement, female MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships and the world’s premier kickboxing league GLORY reported independent agreements with striking sensation Tiffany Van Soest to compete in the sports of mixed martial arts and kickboxing simultaneously.
That means UFC FIGHT PASS customers will be seeing a lot of “Time Bomb” as both the GLORY SuperFight Series and Invicta FC stream exclusively on the world’s premiere streaming service for fight fans.
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 and the Lion Fight super bantamweight and featherweight titles.
"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. On the five-fight card she will take on Jeri "Fists of Fury" Sitzes in a rematch of their Mauy 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 strawweight in MMA as well. What's not to like? The fans win here."
Both organizations 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.