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Tiffany Van Soest says Caley Reece 'hasn't fought anyone like her'

Tiffany Van Soest earned a TKO victory at Lion Fight 12
Tiffany Van Soest earned a TKO victory at Lion Fight 12
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During the Jan. 13 episode of ProWMMA! Now, hard-hitting Muay Thai kickboxing champion Tiffany Van Soest (8-0 pro) said she would be open to transitioning back to MMA if the right opportunity was to present itself.

Van Soest, 24, is the Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Champion, but she hasn't ruled out a return to the sport she briefly competed in three years ago.

"Time Bomb" has already completed two amateur MMA fights, but both were held in 2011.

She made her amateur MMA debut on Feb. 26, 2011, at the Road to WCK event in Pala where she knocked out Kate McGray with a gorgeous combination of a left high kick and ground punches early in the second round.

However, Van Soest fell short in her second try at MMA, as she lost to Jin Tang via submission due to a triangle choke inside the first round in Nanning, China on June 18, 2011.

The standout 24-year-old hasn't fought in MMA since her loss to Tang three years ago.

Despite the extensive time away from active MMA competition, Van Soest has remained sharp in all disciplines of combat fighting, including wrestling.

"I train in MMA gyms and I do enjoy wrestling for cross-training and fun and I feel like it suits me as a striker to have a strong wrestling base," Van Soest told show host Gina Begley. "You know right now I have thought of opportunities with Muay Thai and kickboxing. I'm just taking it one fight at a time.

"I'm signed with Lion Fight and I have a home with them. I'm happy with the promotion. I'm happy with what they are doing. It's all about the right opportunity for me. If the right opportunity arises, then you know I'll take it. But right now it's one fight at a time. I've got two fights lined up for Muay Thai and striking, so that's where my focus is."

Van Soest, a pro Muay Thai fighter since 2011, says if she does do an MMA fight someday in the future, she would like to fight Tecia Torres or Joanne Calderwood because of their explosive striking styles.

"Time Bomb" has some matters to tend to in Muay Thai before she can consider an MMA fight, namely a bout against Caley Reece on Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, Nev.

"Caley Reece is a great fighter," Van Soest said. "I'm not going to take anything away from her. She's had a great career. She's fast, she's strong. She's very experienced, but honestly, please don't mistake my confidence for cockiness, but she's never fought anybody like me. I guarantee that."

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