Kansas City, Mo. — On Friday, Jan. 12, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted the weigh-ins for Invicta FC 27: Kianzad vs. Kaufman. The event takes place from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Jan. 13, and streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
In the night’s main event, Iranian-Swedish fighter Pannie Kianzad (8-2) takes on Canada’s Sarah Kaufman (18-4, 1 NC) in a bantamweight match-up. Kianzad aims to get back in the win column after falling against then-champion Tonya Evinger and recent title challenger Raquel Pa’aluhi. Kaufman is a former Strikeforce champion and UFC veteran who previously competed in the Invicta cage in 2013. She holds victories over fellow Invicta veterans Shayna Baszler, Takayo Hashi, Roxanne Modafferi, Liz Carmouche and Leslie Smith.
In the night’s co-main event, Vanessa Porto (19-8) quickly steps back into the cage to face fellow Brazilian Mariana Morais (12-5). Porto was in action at Invicta FC 26 in December, stopping UFC veteran Milana Dudieva by strikes. The 21-year-old Morais returns to the promotion for the first time since 2015, where she faced former title challenger Roxanne Modafferi.
Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.
Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (136.7)* vs. Sarah Kaufman (135.4)
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto (125.3) vs. Mariana Morais (124.6)
Strawweight: Sharon Jacobson (115.7) vs. Ashley Nichols (115.3)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (105.6) vs. Stephanie Alba (106)
Flyweight: Cheri Muraski (125.4) vs. Brogan Walker-Sanchez (125.4)
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer (146) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (144.7)
Strawweight: Mallory Martin (115.3) vs. Tiffany Masters (117.4)*
Atomweight: Mellissa Wang (104.3) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (105.9)
Strawweight: Jade Ripley (115.9) vs. Helen Peralta (115.6)
* – Kianzad and Masters were each fined 25 percent of their fight purses for missing weight
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. Follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights), Facebook (Facebook.com/InvictaFights), and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.