Courtesy Galen Okazaki /Can’t Fight Crazy
Very few Muay Thai fighters could say they have had a better year in 2012 than Tiffany VanSoest. After signing with Lion Promotions, she went undefeated last year, and gain some gold around her waste.
This Friday, VanSoest will make her US national TV debut as she will take on UK fighter Alexis Rufus in a non-title match in what is the co-main event of Lion Promotions 8 on AXS TV.
We talked to VanSoest about her battle with Rufus, her past year, and her goals in 2013.
Wombat Sports: It has been a great year for you in 2012. Can you reflect on it and what you got out of the year?
Tiffany VanSoest: 2012 was definitely a great year. I was able to to fight often (almost every other month or 2), I finished school, and really was able to finally fully dedicate myself to my development as a professional fighter. I got a good amount of time in the ring, faced some tough tests, and was able to see where I’m at and where I can still grow and improve.
Wombat: When you got the call that you were fighting on the first ever televised Lion Promotions card, what was your reaction?
VanSoest: I was stoked! It’s a huge opportunity for exposure for the sport, women’s combative athletics, and for me personally.
W.S.: This will be the first time your fighting on a nationally televised card here in the U.S. Any nerves going in?
TVS: Not at all. Televised or not, I show up on fight night to do one thing and that is fight my hardest and win. (Well, I guess that’s 2 things haha). I don’t care if 2 people are watching or 2 million. It’s just my opponent and I in the ring. Nothing else matters except the fight itself. However, I am very excited that Muay Thai is finally going to be televised nationally so that fight fans can see how awesome it is.
W.S.: It seems that women’s Muay Thai here in the US has been growing. Why do you feel that is?
TVS: I feel it’s because it’s finally getting some more exposure, and girls aren’t as hesitant to try it. The talent level is also increasing so the fights are getting better.
W.S.: You are training with some great female fighters in Cali. How have they been helping you for this match?
TVS: Steel sharpens steel! They’ve been helping me with my fine-tuning: keep my technique tight and adjusting my timing.
W.S.: What do you know about your opponent?
TVS: I know she holds multiple European titles and that she’s got a lot of experience. I know she’s fast and aggressive and always comes to fight.
W.S.: What do we have to look forward to from “The Time Bomb” in 2013?
TVS: Continued success! My growth and improvement as a fighter, exciting fights, and a whole lot of Tick Tick BOOM!
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank?
TVS: I’d like to thank Kru Alex for always being my rock, my inspiration, my coach, my mentor, and most importantly someone I consider family.
My family and friends for their unconditional love and support. Special Thank you to Mom, Dad, Oma and Tammy.
Thank you to my coaches Kuro and Kryzystof Soszynski. My nutritionist Eric Triliegi (NEWtrition4life.com), My training partners at Black House, Team Nogueira gym, and UFC Gym. And of course thank you to Can’t Stop Crazy, Black Belt Surfing, Baby Nog, and 858 Fight Shop.