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 Lion Fight 23: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. MARTYNA KROL via Martyna's facebook page.

 

The July 31 event is headlined by Muay Thai legend Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. British sensation Liam Harrison, with Van Soest (12-2-1) defending her women’s featherweight world title against Poland’s Martyna Krol (30-10 record, ranked as the No. 1 female foreign fighter in Thailand last year) in the co-main event.

The Temecula-based event will be a homecoming of sorts for Van Soest, a 26-year-old native of nearby San Diego whom some have dubbed the “Ronda Rousey of Muay Thai” due to her extraordinary Fight IQ, classical beauty and contagious charisma. The enthusiastic surfer and former college soccer player is fresh off a dominant win over Bernise Alldis (33-4), a virtuoso performance that saw Van Soest reclaim the Lion Fight title after battering the Brit for four rounds and unleashing a nasty elbow that produced a deep cut on Alldis’ cheek and prompted a referee stoppage. Her opponent, Martyna “The Bully” Krol, is a lanky and crafty fighter who has trained extensively in Thailand and excels in the clinch.

 

Super excited for this fight as I follow both fighters on social media. They have very different styles so it should be an interesting match up.

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Wooooh! July 31 will be a good one!

 

I have to ask you all, what do you think of the Lion Fight scoring hierarchy(elbow>knee>kick>punch)? Traditionalists dont like it because its not how its done in Thailand. Others like it because everyone throws tons of elbows, the fights are more often brawls at close range and the fights just generally look very violent.

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Wooooh! July 31 will be a good one!

 

I have to ask you all, what do you think of the Lion Fight scoring hierarchy(elbow>knee>kick>punch)? Traditionalists dont like it because its not how its done in Thailand. Others like it because everyone throws tons of elbows, the fights are more often brawls at close range and the fights just generally look very violent.

I always thought it was scored like K1 from the results and what the commentators say, I know English fighters complain all the time about American judges.

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Doesn't Lion Fight break up the clinch kinda fast?

 

Caley Reece had no difficulty defeating Tiffany using the clinch on Lionfight.

But Martyna (or even Bernise Alldis, another opponent of Tiffany's) isn't a clinch fighter on the level of Caley, imo. Nothing against either of them, but Caley is a notch above in the clinch. That being said, the task is even harder now as Tiffany looks like she's improving in the clinch as well.

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But Martyna (or even Bernise Alldis, another opponent of Tiffany's) isn't a clinch fighter on the level of Caley, imo. Nothing against either of them, but Caley is a notch above in the clinch. That being said, the task is even harder now as Tiffany looks like she's improving in the clinch as well.

 

Here's Tiffany's fight with Bernise Alldis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfixOLk00pQ

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No clue yet if there is a video, but there should be some links popping up soon. I heard that Tiffany retained her title by unanimous decision!

 

One fight description:

The women touch gloves and Van Soest is the first to attack with an inside thigh kick. Krol is being a little cautious as the American is being the aggressor. The Pole looks out matched as Van Soest’s blows are landing clean. Krol attempts a spinning back fist that doesn’t land but she remains focused as Van Soest lands a jab.

The second round is underway as the touch’em up again. This time it is Krol whois on the attack but Van Soest answers with a side kick. Van Soest is the smaller fighter, but every time Krol makes a move she makes her pay for it. Van Soest fights her way to the inside and lands several knees in the clinch before the round comes to an end.

Van Soest has Krol on the ropes and is landing knees in the clinch until the ref breaks them up leading to Krol landing a front kick to Van Soest’s face and then another to the chest. Van Soest lands a Superman…or a Supergirl punch rather leading to one of her spinning back elbows. Krol tries to land a spinning back elbow of her own, but with very little power behind it, it doesn’t affect the American.

Krol starts the round with a switch kick but Van Soest lands a low kick knocking Krol to the canvas. Van Soest is dominating the fourth round just like she has been the previous three.

Fifth and final round is now underway, both fighters are showing signs of fatigue, it’s now down to who wants it more as they hug it out before the feet start flying. Van Soest has Krol’s leg while pressed against the ropes and lands a right cross almost knocking the Pole out of the ring. Van Soest is letting the elbows fly as the referee gives Krol a standing 8-count for not being able to defend herself in the corner. With 10 clicks of the clock Van Soest is still on the attack as the fight comes to an end. In the eyes of the audience, Van Soest is in the winner as she ascends the ropes and bows to the crowd.

Your winner by unanimous decision and still Lion FIght Featherweight Champion, Tiffany Van Soest!

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