Lion Fight featherweight champion Caley Reece (20-0) said on May 8 in an exclusive interview with Long Island Fight Sports Examiner Eric Holden that she's not sure why some fight fans are insisting that she's ducking a rematch with former champ Tiffany "Time Bomb" Van Soest. The 34-year-old Aussie is more than willing to duke it out with Van Soest again sometime in the near future, but she's completely booked up with fights until October. When and if the rematch happens, it'll likely be closer to the end of this year rather than during the summer months.
"I wasn't asked for an immediate rematch by Lion Fight," Reece told Holden. "Has nothing to do with me not accepting. I live a long way away so wasn't expecting an immediate rematch for [Lion Fight 15]. Its been said I'm 'dodging her and not stepping up.' Whats all that about? I flew 30 hours to fight the champion in her own country. How is that someone that is avoiding anything?"
The first fight between Reece and Van Soest was an absolute barnburner that left the fans instantly craving a rematch. Reece, who had battled a neck injury heading into their clash at Lion Fight 13, went home with the Lion Fight featherweight strap, having defeated the hometown favorite via split-decision. Reece was pleased with the Lion Fight experience, and she hopes to fight for them again sometime down the road.
"Lion fight was a great experience. They treated us so well and were so accommodating," Reece explained. "They said that we were pretty easy going but I guess that's the Aussie style. So it worked well. We were easy, they were super helpful and professional. Exactly what you are wanting as a fighter and a promoter."
Reece was an early favorite to be a candidate for the Lion Fight 15 card set to go down May 23 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Conn., but Van Soest was booked to fight Lucy Payne instead. If Van Soest is able to get through Payne, it's likely that she'll battle Reece later this year in what will be Lion Fight's most highly-anticipated rematch in its short history.