Tiffany van Soest defeats Lucy Payne, ready for Lion Fight 16

Tiffany van Soest has become the top female fighter in Lion Fight. Photo Credit: Lion Fight

Former MMA fighter and world Muay Thai champion Tiffany “Timebomb” van Soest made a successful return to the ring at last nights’ Lion Fight 15.

The Timebomb took on English fighter Lucy Payne in a rematch. The two previously squared off back in July 2013 where van Soest finished Payne in the first round to become the Lion Fight Women’s Featherweight champion.

Although Payne did much better this second time around, van Soest picked apart her opponent and scored a unanimous decision victory. With this latest win, van Soest is 10-1-1. Prior to this rematch she dropped a split-decision and her title to Caley Reece back in February.

But van Soest is not done just yet. She is scheduled to compete in the co-main event of Lion Fight 16, July 4, at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas. The event will be a part of the UFC’s international fight week.

While it hasn’t been confirmed that van Soest will meet Reece, I don’t see why the Australian fighter couldn’t step into the ring with the former champion. Reece, who sports a 20-0 record, recently defended her WMC Women’s Featherweight title against Chommanee Taehiran back in March.

Who would you like to see the Timebomb face in her next Lion Fight bout? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @cagepagesfs.