Invicta Fighting Championships’ roster got a bit of a shakeup this morning as the promotion announced they signed a contract with Van Soest. This comes off the heels of “Time Bomb” signing with Glory Kickboxing.
Van Soest has made a name for herself fighting for Lion Fight where she went 9-1 and racked up a few world championships. She signed an exclusive contract with them a few years ago, and while the relationship seemed to be a good one, Van Soest recently alluded to the promotion not paying her for her fights and even had to sell one of her championship belts.
Fans have been asking Van Soest, whose MMA experience is at 0-1 – where she lost to Jin Tang via submission – when she would make her return to mixed martial arts. Well fight fans, the time has come for her to return. Proficient strikers like Holly Holm, Sarah Kaufman and Angela Hill have made successful transitions to MMA.
While her Invicta debut isn’t set yet, Van Soest will compete at Glory 30 where she takes on Jeri Sitzes, who she defeated in 2012. She is currently 14-2-1 in the boxing world.
This is a good move for Van Soest as fighting for Glory and Invicta, which both air events on UFC Fight Pass, will introduce her to a bigger audience in both MMA and kickboxing. This is also a way for Glory, who has featured a few women’s bouts here and there, to develop weight classes featuring women fighters.
In a news release, Van Soest said she is “thrilled” to be signing with two of the biggest combat sports organizations.
“Striking has always been my passion and my official MMA debut has been greatly anticipated, so to be able to compete in both is a dream come true and I could not be happier,” Van Soest said.
Note: Van Soest has had one professional MMA fight and one amateur fight according to Sherdog.com.