"Thank you to my family, friends, fans, and coaches and teammates at Team Nogueira and Black House," Van Soest said. "My strength and conditioning coach Krzysztof Soszynski, my nutritionist Eric Triliegi. Of course a big Thank you to my sponsors Trebla Sports, Black Belt Surfing, Guard Ya Grill, 858 Fight Shop, and Can’t Stop Crazy."
With the victory, some have been asking for Van Soest to make the transition to the sport of MMA. However, she seems content to continue her growth in the Muay Thai ranks.
“Everyone asks me in pretty much every interview, when am I going to do MMA,” admitted the 24-year-old Van Soest. “It’s not really a matter of if, but more of a when. Right now I’m getting a lot of opportunities with Muay Thai and I feel like I’m just starting to grow as a Muay Thai fighter. I’m gaining a lot of momentum so why stop that and have to learn something else? I want to keep riding the wave. When I accomplish all of my goals in Muay Thai then maybe I’ll make the move to MMA. I still train a little bit of wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I use is it as cross training, but to also learn it for when the time for me to move does come.”
Van Soest doesn't mind fans checking her out for her good looks. She knows the majority of them will remember her for her ridiculous talent inside the cage rather than her physical appearance, by the time the fight is over.
“Nobody wants to watch a robot fight, the fans want someone they can identify with,” Van Soest said. “They want someone they can either love or hate. You can’t just be a “fighter”, you have to show that you’re a person as well. Being a woman and it’s kind of sad to say, but you have to do more just to get that attention. My whole thing is people say that I’m so pretty and they ask if I get mad about that. I tell them they can come for my looks, but once they see me compete they become a fan for the way that I fight. Come for my looks, but stay for my skill!”