Liz Tracy Joins Invicta FC 44 Card, Faces Jodie Esquibel at Strawweight

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The fight card for Invicta FC 44: A New Era has undergone a late change.

Strawweight Kelly “Wildfire” D’Angelo (4-4) has been forced from her bout against UFC veteran Jodie Esquibel (6-6). Stepping in will be Oregon’s Liz “The Titan” Tracy (5-4), who will be making her 115-pound debut. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt was last in action at Invicta FC 42, earning “Fight of the Night” honors in her fight with Victoria Leonardo.

Invicta FC 44 takes place Friday, Aug. 27 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City. The event is headlined by two title fights. In the top-billing, top contenders Emily “Gordinha” Ducote (9-6) and “Dynamite” Danielle Taylor (11-5) collide for the vacant strawweight belt. The second half of the title doubleheader features Lisa “Battle Angel” Verzosa (6-1) against Phoenix Tournament winner Taneisha “Triple Threat” Tennant (3-1) to determine the new bantamweight champion.

The main card will be distributed on pay-per-view via traditional cable and satellite carriers beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Digital customers around the world can pre-order the event immediately from FITE for $19.99 in the United States, $14.99 in Canada and $9.99 in the rest of the world.

Prior to the main card, the Invicta FC 44 Prelims will be broadcast in the U.S. on AXS TV and streamed for free worldwide on Invicta FC’s YouTube channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Both platforms will also premiere a special Countdown to Invicta FC 44 documentary on Friday, Aug. 20.

Tickets to the event are on sale now through Eventbrite.

Invicta FC 44: A New Era (updated)

Strawweight Title: Emily Ducote vs. Danielle Taylor
Bantamweight Title: Lisa Verzosa vs. Taneisha Tennant
Flyweight: Brogan Sanchez vs. Mara Romero Borella
Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel vs. Liz Tracy
Bantamweight: Serena DeJesus vs. Lauren Mueller

Invicta FC 44 Prelims

Flyweight: Caitlin Sammons vs. Helen Peralta
Atomweight: Katie Saull vs. Monique Adriane
Atomweight: Katie Perez vs. Natalie Salcedo
Featherweight: Kayla Yontef vs. Carlene Chandler

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.

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