With the explosion of MMA, other combat based sports have started to gain momentum with fans in the sports community. Kickboxing and Muay Thai events are now becoming more prevalent, and tonight, on AXS TV (formerly HDNet), Lion Fights, a Muay Thai promotion, based out of Las Vegas, throws their hat in the ring with their first large scale television broadcast. They've been around for two years, and now, fans will have the opportunity to see some great action put forth by the World Boxing Council's Muay Thai promoter of the year.
For their debut television event, they've put together a sizzling card, filled with talent. Athletes from all around the globe will be featured, and a stellar match-up between women's WBC Muay Thai champion, Tiffany Van Soest and Alexis Rufus will be co-headlining the stacked card. I recently spoke with Van Soest, a California native, and got her thoughts about being one of the few females training with elite level talent from the Black House gym and Team Nogueira.
It's great. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to train with. Everybody at Black House shows up and works hard at making each other better. It's all about sharpening your skills at that gym. There's just one or two other females that train out of there on a regular basis. Kaiyana Rain, and Jessica Penne comes in also, so most of the time, it's just the three of us. We definitely get our work in. You can walk into that gym on any given day and see a UFC superstar. If you're not ready for it, it can catch you off guard.
As far as the fight team, I'm the only female there. There was another girl there, but she put fighting on hold to focus on her education, so I'm pretty much the only one. It's not a bad thing. The guys push me and make me a better fighter, for sure. I do miss that female camaraderie . Growing up playing soccer, I've always been surrounded by a team of girls, so that whole 'girl power' thing ran pretty strong. The guys are all like brothers to me, and I'm the little sister that they beat up.
Everyone laughs when I say it, but when I was a little kid, I really liked Teeanage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and that's what got me to want to learn karate. I just wanted to be like a Ninja Turtle. My favorite was Michaelangelo. Karate was definitely an outlet for me when times were hard, and I looked to that to focus my mind elsewhere when things weren't so good.
You can follow Tiffany via her Twitter account, @TiffTimeBomb
YODSANKLAI FAIRTEX vs. GREGORY CHOPLIN
CO-MAIN: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. ALEXIS RUFUS
KEVIN ROSS vs. CHRIS KWIATKOWSKI
REMY BONNELL vs. SHANE CAMPBELL
MALAIPET vs. VISHNU GULATI
VIVIAN LEUNG vs. KATE MCGRAY
JASON ANDRADA vs. THIAGO AZEREDO
JOSH SHEPARD vs. DAMIEN EARLEY
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