Call off the hounds. Tiffany van Soest (11-1-0) has been paid.
The Lion Fight featherweight and super bantamweight Muay Thai champion acknowledged on social media March 25th that the company finally compensated her for her January 29th victory over Ashley Nicols at Lion Fight 27.
— Tiffany Van Soest (@TiffanyTimeBomb) March 25, 2016
Van Soest said:
I would like to address the fans and combat sports community of the concerns I recently raised regarding fighter-promter relations. I hope the issue highlighted the unfortunate scenario we face when promoters exploit fighters, which negatively impact on our lives. I can confirm receipt of the outstanding payment from Lion Fight Promotions since the social media post. I do not intend to defame Lion Fight Promotions – they are coined “the best stand up promotion in America” for a reason. Their growth and development for American Muay Thai speaks for itself. However, after seeking legal advice and numerous unreturned emails from Lion Fight demanding payment, I was left feeling heartbroken. My only option was to take matters into my own hands. I hope this provided a platform for ALL fighters who put their hearts and souls into their careers, their bodies on the line yet still get the short end of the stick. We knowingly fight for small pay checks, but to not receive payment is just wrong. It’s simple – you do a job and get paid for it. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel for fighters in regards to promoters not paying within reasonable timescales. I would like to thank the fans and combat sports community for the overwhelming support and I hope you all continue to support Muay Thai in America.
Company president Scott Kent issued a statement March 18th: “Like all fighters on the card, Tiffany Van Soest was paid for her participation at Lion Fight 27 on January 29th in Temecula, California. There was an issue when the check was deposited and this morning, payment was wired to her account to resolve the matter. Lion Fight wishes Tiffany and her team well in her future endeavors.”
Van Soest said all of her inquiries regarding the non-payment went unanswered, prompting her to air her concerns on social media.
— D. Allen (@D___Allen) March 18, 2016
While the story does have a happy ending, it does reinforce the lesson that fighters need to remain vigilant in ensuring companies honour their agreements.
She promises her opponent in July is “very valid” despite not getting the champion Miesha Tate.
She never did get her title shot earned with her win over Tate back in 2013 at the TUF 17 Finale. I’m looking forward to her return.
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