Kansas City, Mo. — Invicta’s reigning strawweight champion, Katja Kankaanpää, has signed a new contract with the promotion.
Kankaanpää, who has made three appearances in the Invicta cage, captured the 115-pound title at Invicta FC 8 in September with a fifth-round D’arce choke finish of Stephanie Eggink. The 33-year-old Finnish fighter also holds wins over Invicta veterans Juliana Carneiro Lima and Aisling Daly.
The “Killer Bunny” trains out of Team Botnia Punishment and has stopped five of her 10 career wins, including four by submission. The fighter is anxious to get back in the cage and welcomes all challengers in one of the most talented divisions in the sport.
“Invicta has given me a chance to compete at a high level and is able to offer me tough fights, so I’m very happy about them renewing my contract,” said Kankaanpää.
“I’m very motivated and I have been training hard towards defending my title many times. There are many girls in our division who want the belt and that makes me work even harder.”
And what message does she have for her future strawweight challengers?
“Train hard and believe in yourselves, but if you come to the same cage with me, you better be ready for war!”
Kankaanpää’s first title defense is expected to take place in early 2015.
About Invicta FC:
Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship, all-pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible match-ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport. For more information, visit InvictaFC.com, follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights) and like Invicta on Facebook (Facebook.com/InvictaFights).