Trisha Cicero Replaces Claire Guthrie at Invicta FC 40

Kansas City, Kan. – The fight card for Invicta FC 40 has undergone a late change.

Colorado flyweight “Grizzly” Claire Guthrie (1-0) has been forced out of her match-up with newcomer Laura “La Jefa” Gallardo (2-0) of California.

Stepping in on two weeks’ notice will be Florida’s Trisha Cicero (3-3). The American Top Team product is a black belt in Kenpo karate and currently rides a two-fight winning streak. She most recently submitted Brandi Narvaez in June.

Invicta FC 40 takes place Thursday, July 2 in Kansas City, Kan. The event will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT. The event is headlined by a strawweight bout between former title challenger Emily “Gordinha” Ducote (8-6) and UFC veteran Juliana “Ju Thai” Lima (10-6).

The updated Invicta FC 40 fight card can be found below:

Strawweight: Emily Ducote vs. Juliana Lima
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella vs. Lindsey VanZandt
Flyweight: DeAnna Bennett vs. Victoria Leonardo
Featherweight: Chelsea Chandler vs. Liv Parker
Flyweight: Trisha Cicero vs. Laura Gallardo
Strawweight: Genia Goodin vs. Shelby Koren

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 (InvictaFights) and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.