According to a July 26 tweet from Lion Fight, California-based Muay Thai star Tiffany Van Soest emerged victorious on July 26 at Lion Fight 10 in Las Vegas, Nev., to become the Lion Fight featherweight champion of the world.
Van Soest, 24, utilized superb fakes and feints to set up a flurry of crisp strikes that helped her finish off her opponent, Lucy Payne, early in the opening frame.
The finish, which came at the 2:30 mark of the first round, earned Van Soest the Lion Fight featherweight championship belt.
“#LionFight10 OFFICIAL RESULT: Tiffany Van Soest def. Lucy Payne via TKO 2:30 into Round 1. @TiffTimeBomb,” Lion Fight tweeted.
With the victory, Van Soest improved to 8-0-1 in her Muay Thai career, and her performance put the entire female combat sports’ featherweight division on notice.
“Yeah I was just looking for my openings,” Van Soest said of her performance. “I picked my shots and they proved to be the right ones. I finished.”
Lion Fight 10 aired live on on AXS TV, so fight fans across the nation had the opportunity to watch the young Muay Thai star compete.
Van Soest was absolutely ecstatic following the bout, as she declared in her post-fight interview with Pat Miletich that she was “born to fight.”
“I definitely do,” Van Soest said, when Miletich noted that she belongs in the Lion Fight ranks. “I was born to do this. This is my life. I love it.”
Van Soest may have found some extra strength for the fight from the pink prajied she wore in honor of a few beautiful souls who fought courageous fights to make the world a better place.
One arm band was be in honor of those who have battled or are battling cancer, and the other was for Van Soest’s friend and fellow Team Nogueira teammate Jackie Dunn, a courageous fighter who was recently taken off of life support after a tragic cycling accident.
Van Soest says her July 26 fight against Payne was in honor of them.
For those who are unfamiliar, prajied is a band of cloth, traditionally red and white worn around the upper arm during Muay Thai competitions, with the purpose essentially being to bring good luck to the fighter.
Prajied may be worn throughout a competition, while Mong Kon head charms must be taken off prior to fights.
As Muay Thai arts involve a great deal of superstition and ritual, it’s quite common for Muay Thai boxers to wear prajied or head charms during fights for a little extra confidence boost and moral support.
No word yet when Van Soest returns to the cage for another Lion Fight bout, but the promotion is bringing a stacked card back to Las Vegas in Sept.
Adding Van Soest to the card would be a nice addition. However, the promotion has not made any official comment on the addition of Van Soest to its Sept. card.