Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson Official Weigh-in Results

Shawnee, Okla. — On Thursday, Nov. 15, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted the weigh-ins for Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson. The event takes place from the FireLake Arena, on Friday, Nov. 16, with the enitre card streaming live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

In the night’s main event, the featherweight title will be on the line as undefeated Felicia Spencer (5-0) takes on veteran Pam Sorenson (7-2). Spencer, who has spent her entire professional career under the Invicta banner, is coming off a second-round submission win over Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 30. Sorenson, meanwhile, has won five of her last six. Her most recent Invicta appearance also came against Kolesnyk, whom she submitted in the first round.

The co-main event features former strawweight title challenger MIZUKI (12-5) against UFC veteran Viviane Pereira (13-2), who is making her Invicta FC debut.

Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.

Featherweight Title: Felicia Spencer (143.7) vs. Pam Sorenson (144.6)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (116.4)* vs. Viviane Pereira (115.4)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (105.2) vs. Jessica Delboni (105.1)
150-Pound Catchweight: Kaitlin Young (150.5) vs. Sarah Patterson (154.5)#
Bantamweight: Alexa Conners (136) vs. Julia Avila (135.8)
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield (125) vs. Kay Hansen (124.8)
Flyweight: Liz Tracy (125.6) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (125.9)
Strawweight: Isis Verbeek (115.4) vs. Kathryn Paprocki (114.6)
Bantamweight: Chelsea Chandler (136.6)+ vs. Mitzi Merry (135.4)

* – MIZUKI missed the strawweight limit and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse

# – Patterson missed weight for the 150-pound catchweight and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse

+ – Chandler missed the bantamweight limit and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse 


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.

Kaitlin Young Now Faces Sarah Patterson at Invicta FC 32

Kansas City, Mo. — A last-minute change has impacted the lineup for Invicta Fighting Championships 32.

Frenchwoman Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2) has been forced off the card due to visa issues and is out of her featherweight match-up with returning veteran Kaitlin Young (8-9-1). Stepping in on short notice will be newcomer Sarah Patterson (5-4) and the bout will now be contested as a 150-pound catchweight.

Young makes her return to the Invicta FC cage following a four-year absence. “The Striking Viking” has remained active in Muay Thai competition, capturing numerous titles around the globe. She returned to MMA in August, defeating Japan’s Reina Miura under the Rizin FF banner.

Patterson, who goes by the nickname “Primal,” may be new to Invicta FC, but the Iowa-based fighter has been competing since 2002. Among her opponents are women’s pioneers Jennifer Howe and Adrienna Jenkins. She also holds a submission win over Invicta veteran Tamikka Brents.

Invicta FC 32 takes place from the FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 16. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m CT. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight featuring undefeated Felicia Spencer (5-0) and veteran Pam Sorenson (7-2).

The updated Invicta FC 32 fight card can be found below:

Featherweight Title: Felicia Spencer (5-0) vs. Pam Sorenson (7-2)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (12-5) vs. Viviane Pereira (13-2)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (6-4) vs. Jessica Delboni (7-0)
150-Pound Catchweight: Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) vs. Sarah Patterson (5-4)
Bantamweight: Alexa Conners (5-2) vs. Julia Avila (5-1)
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield (2-0) vs. Kay Hansen (3-1)
Flyweight: Liz Tracy (5-2) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (3-0)
Strawweight: Isis Verbeek (0-0) vs. Kathryn Paprocki (1-0)
Bantamweight: Chelsea Chandler (0-1) vs. Mitzi Merry (2-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 32 can be purchased through Ticketfly.com.


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.

Invicta FC 33 Features Atomweight Title Rematch Between Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander

Kansas City, Mo. — Atomweights Jinh Yu Frey (7-3) and Minna Grusander (6-2) are going to run it back at Invicta FC 33 on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Kansas City.

The pair met previously in July, with the Texas fighter Frey edging Finland’s Grusander on the scorecards after five, hard-fought rounds. Frey not only took home the victory, but also the 105-pound belt. The 33-year-old will make her first defense of the title and seek her sixth career win inside the Invicta FC cage. Grusander, meanwhile, aims to regain the momentum she rode into the pair’s first match-up earlier this year. “Brutsku” made her promotional debut in March, defeating Brazilian Fernanda Barros by TKO.

In the night’s co-main event, UFC veteran Danielle Taylor (9-4) makes her promotional debut against undefeated Mexican fighter Monserrat Ruiz (8-0) in a strawweight match-up. Taylor joins the promotion following a five-fight stint in the Octagon that included victories of former Invicta FC champion Jessica Penne and current Road FC titleholder Seo Hee Ham. Ruiz has finished four of her eight career wins, including three via knockout.

Also on the card, strawweight Sharon Jacobson (5-3) battles fellow wrestler and Rizin veteran Kanako Murata (8-1), former atomweight title challenger Amber Brown (7-4) takes on undefeated Michigan fighter Alesha Zappitella (4-0, 1 NC), strawweight Jamie Moyle (4-3) returns to the promotion after a UFC stint to face off with Brianna Van Buren (4-2), two-time Invicta veteran Sarah Kleczka (2-1) clashes with bantamweight newcomer Brittney Victoria (2-0), atomweight Ashley Medina (0-1) makes her second Invicta appearance opposite Canada’s Anastasia Nikolakakos (2-0), and flyweight newcomers Chantel Coates (0-0) and Ashlynn Kleinbeck (0-0) tangle in a bout rescheduled from Invicta FC 31.

Invicta FC 33 takes place from the historic Scottish Rite Temple. The night’s opening bout between Coates and Kleinbeck will be simulcast on Facebook and UFC Fight Pass. Remaining broadcast details, as well as ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

The fight card for Invicta FC 33 can be found below:

Atomweight Title: Jinh Yu Frey (7-3) vs. Minna Grusander (6-2)
Strawweight: Danielle Taylor (9-4) vs. Monserrat Ruiz (8-0)
Strawweight: Sharon Jacobson (5-3) vs. Kanako Murata (8-1)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (7-4) vs. Alesha Zappitella (4-0, 1 NC)
Strawweight: Jamie Moyle (4-3) vs. Brianna Van Buren (4-2)
Bantamweight: Sarah Kleczka (2-1) vs. Brittney Victoria (2-0)
Atomweight: Ashley Medina (0-1) vs. Anastasia Nikolakakos (2-0)
Flyweight: Chantel Coates (0-0) and Ashlynn Kleinbeck (0-0)


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.

Viviane Pereira Replaces Heather Jo Clark, Faces MIZUKI at Invicta FC 32

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 32 has undergone some changes.

Japanese strawweight MIZUKI (12-5) will no longer square off with UFC veteran Heather Jo Clark (8-6), as Clark has been forced off the card. Stepping in for Clark is another UFC veteran, Brazil’s Viviane Pereira (13-2). “Sucuri” holds wins over former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau and current UFC fighter Poliana Botelho.

An opponent for GLORY Kickboxing veteran Isis Verbeek (0-0) has been secured as Colorado strawweight Kathryn Paprocki (1-0) will make her promotional debut against the Dutch fighter.

Also, a bantamweight bout will kick off the night’s action as California’s Chelsea Chandler (0-1) returns to the Invicta cage to welcome undefeated Oklahoman Mitzi Merry (2-0) to the promotion. Chandler made her professional debut at Invicta FC 28, while both of Merry’s victories have come via submission.

Invicta FC 32 takes place from the FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 16. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m CT. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight featuring undefeated Felicia Spencer (5-0) and veteran Pam Sorenson (7-2).

The updated Invicta FC 32 fight card can be found below:

Featherweight Title: Felicia Spencer (5-0) vs. Pam Sorenson (7-2)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (12-5) vs. Viviane Pereira (13-2)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (6-4) vs. Jessica Delboni (7-0)
Featherweight: Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2)
Bantamweight: Alexa Conners (5-2) vs. Julia Avila (5-1)
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield (2-0) vs. Kay Hansen (3-1)
Flyweight: Liz Tracy (5-2) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (3-0)
Strawweight: Isis Verbeek (0-0) vs. Kathryn Paprocki (1-0)
Bantamweight: Chelsea Chandler (0-1) vs. Mitzi Merry (2-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 32 can be purchased through Ticketfly.com.


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.

Kay Hansen Joins Invicta FC 32 Lineup

Kansas City, Mo. — Kay Hansen is getting her wish.

Following her TKO victory over Helen Peralta at Invicta FC 31, Hansen (3-1) called her shot, asking for a match-up with undefeated Erin Blanchfield (2-0). Blanchfield, however, was already slated to welcome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Luanna Alzuguir to the Invicta cage at Invicta FC 32.

That has changed, as Alzuguir’s MMA debut has been delayed. Hansen will step in for the Brazilian, meeting Blanchfield at 125 pounds.

The 19-year-old Hansen has earned two victories in her three Invicta appearances. The Californian rides a two-fight winning streak. Blanchfield, also just 19 years of age, made her Invicta debut in July, defeating Brittney Cloudy.

Invicta Fighting Championships 32 takes place from the FireLake Arena in Shawnee on Friday, Nov. 16. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. The night’s main event features a featherweight title fight between undefeated Felicia Spencer (5-0) and veteran Pam Sorenson (7-2). In the co-main event, former strawweight title challenger MIZUKI (12-5) squares off with UFC veteran Heather Jo Clark (8-6).

The updated Invicta FC 32 fight card can be found below:

Featherweight Title: Felicia Spencer (5-0) vs. Pam Sorenson (7-2)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (12-5) vs. Heather Jo Clark (8-6)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (6-4) vs. Jessica Delboni (7-0)
Featherweight: Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2)
Bantamweight: Alexa Conners (5-2) vs. Julia Avila (5-1)
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield (2-0) vs. Kay Hansen (3-1)
Flyweight: Liz Tracy (5-2) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (3-0)
Strawweight: Isis Verbeek (0-0) vs. TBA

Ticket information for Invicta FC 32 will be announced in the near future.


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.

Invicta FC 31 Results: Jandiroba Chokes Morandin, Retains Strawweight Title

Kansas City, Mo. — On Saturday, Sept. 1, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The Invicta FC strawweight belt remains around the waist of undefeated Brazilian Virna Jandiroba after she submitted countrywoman Janaisa Morandin. After a feeling out process on the feet, the champion exploded for a takedown. She worked to the mount position, but Morandin was able to recover her guard. Jandiroba peppered Morandin with short shots as the first round came to a close. Round two saw Jandiroba again earn a takedown, but this time, she effortlessly passed to mount and attacked the neck of the challenger with a choke. The arm-triangle was deep, forcing Morandin to submit.

Pearl Gonzalez picked up her third straight win — second in the flyweight division — with a decision victory over Brazilian Daiane Firmino. Gonzalez fired kicks immediately which allowed Firmino to power the fight to the ground. Gonzalez was able to gain top position, but Firmino worked back to her feet. The pair worked hard in the clinch, trading short knees. The second round saw Gonzalez land a huge throw to delight the crowd. Gonzalez worked from the scarf hold position, threatening with multiple submissions. Firmino was game, nearly taking Gonzalez’s back. In the last frame, Firmino pushed the action. She secured a takedown, but was forced to defend an armbar attempt and triangle choke threat from Gonzalez. The fight went to the judges for a verdict and they rewarded Gonzalez for her efforts.

In a battle of undefeated bantamweights, Lisa Spangler narrowly edged Shanna Young on the scorecards. The karate style of Young was evident from the opening bell, as she repeatedly fired head kicks with her lead leg. The attacks appeared to surprise Spangler, as she absorbed a lot of punishment early, bleeding heavily from her nose. Spangler settled in during the second round, landing combinations and marching through the kick attempts. Young continued her kicking arsenal, but Spangler landed heavy punches to the body. The fight’s lone takedown came in round three, as Spangler briefly put Young on her back. The pair returned to the center of the cage in the waning moments, trading heavy punches as the crowd erupted. The judges were split, with Spangler handing Young her first defeat.

Colorado’s Mallory Martin continued her winning streak, stopping Canada’s Ashley Nichols in the third round. Nichols started strong, dropping Martin early with a right hand. Martin recovered and was able to earn a takedown. The second stanza saw Martin earn another takedown, but she was unable to mount much offense. Round three saw Martin come out aggressively. She put Nichols on her back along the fence and went for the finish. Martin dropped a series of heavy elbows, hurting Nichols in the process. The referee saved Nichols from further damage, giving Martin the TKO victory.

Flyweight Miranda Maverick quickly returned to the win column with a first-round finish of Louisiana’s Victoria Leonardo. After a brief striking exchange, Maverick closed the distance and methodically worked for a takedown. Once on top, she passed to the mount. Leonardo tried to escape through the back door, but Maverick latched onto her right arm. Leonardo desperately looked to escape, but Maverick cranked hard, coercing the armbar finish.

Competing as an atomweight for the first time, Missouri’s Kelly D’Angelo bested newcomer Lindsey VanZandt by decision. VanZandt was quick to attack with her takedowns, but fell into the dangerous guard of VanZandt. D’Angelo first attacked with a triangle choke, then an armbar. VanZandt nearly turned purple, but did not tap. D’Angelo was able to mount and deliver punishment from the top. It was more of the same in round two, as D’Angelo again threatened with submissions. VanZandt went for it in round three, firing high kicks and a flying knee, but it wasn’t enough, as D’Angelo scored the unanimous decision win.

Strawweight Kay Hansen used a well-round attack, earning a third-round stoppage win over the previously undefeated Helen Peralta. The pair spent the majority of the first two rounds jostling for position in the clinch. Hansen was able to change levels — avoiding any damage — and scoring with takedowns. In the third round, Hansen’s work paid off, as she earned a big slam and passed to the mount. Once there, she unleashed a flurry of elbows and punches that forced the referee to step in and halt the contest.

Kicking off the night’s action live and free on Facebook, featherweights Audrey Wolfe and Holli Salazar battled to a draw after three rounds. Salazar repeatedly landed her right hand early, prompting a takedown from Wolfe. Salazar attacked with an armbar from her back that forced Wolfe to defend. In the second frame, Salazar again did damage with her right hand, scoring in the clinch. Wolfe worked hard for a takedown in the final frame. She landed an illegal head butt from inside the guard of Salazar, forcing referee Greg Franklin to deduct a point. That proved to be a factor, as all three judges scored the bout a draw.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Virna Jandiroba def. Janaisa Morandin by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 2:23 – for strawweight title
Pearl Gonzalez def. Daiane Firmino by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Lisa Spangler def. Shanna Young by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Mallory Martin def. Ashley Nichols by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:05
Miranda Maverick def. Victoria Leonardo by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:26
Kelly D’Angelo def. Lindsey VanZandt unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kay Hansen def. Helen Peralta by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:16
Holli Salazar vs. Audrey Wolfe ruled a unanimous draw (28-28 x3)


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.

Invicta FC 32 Heads to Oklahoma on Nov. 16, Features Featherweight Title Fight

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 32 is set as the promotion will make its first trip to the state of Oklahoma, touching down at the FireLake Arena in Shawnee on Friday, Nov. 16. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

A featherweight title fight featuring undefeated Felicia Spencer (5-0) and veteran Pam Sorenson (7-2) headlines the action. Spencer, who has spent her entire professional career under the Invicta banner, is coming off a second-round submission win over Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 30. Sorenson, meanwhile, has won five of her last six. Her most recent Invicta appearance also came against Kolesnyk, whom she submitted in the first round.

In the co-main event, former strawweight title challenger MIZUKI (12-5) squares off with UFC veteran Heather Jo Clark (8-6). Japan’s MIZUKI aims to rebound from her hard-fought, split-decision loss against Virna Jandiroba at Invicta FC 28 in March. Clark made a successful promotional debut in July, defeating Brazilian Kinberly Novaes.

Also on the card, atomweight veteran Ashley Cummins (6-4) welcomes undefeated Brazilian Jessica Delboni (7-0) to the promotion, recently re-signed featherweight Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) meets French newcomer Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2), bantamweight Alexa Conners (5-2) tangles with Oklahoma’s Julia Avila (5-1), grappling stalwarts Erin Blanchfield (2-0) of New York and Brazilian Luanna Alzuguir (0-0) meet at flyweight, Oklahoma’s Stephanie Geltmacher (3-0) returns to the flyweight division against Liz Tracy (5-2), and GLORY Kickboxing veteran Isis Verbeek (0-0) makes her MMA debut against a yet-to-be named strawweight.

The current Invicta FC 32 fight card can be found below:

Featherweight Title: Felicia Spencer (5-0) vs. Pam Sorenson (7-2)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (12-5) vs. Heather Jo Clark (8-6)
Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (6-4) vs. Jessica Delboni (7-0)
Featherweight: Kaitlin Young (8-9-1) vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2)
Bantamweight: Alexa Conners (5-2) vs. Julia Avila (5-1)
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield (2-0) vs. Luanna Alzuguir (0-0)
Flyweight: Liz Tracy (5-2) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (3-0)
Strawweight: Isis Verbeek (0-0) vs. TBA

Ticket information for Invicta FC 32 will be announced in the near future.


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.

Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin Official Weigh-in Results

Kansas City, Mo. — On Friday, Aug. 31, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted the weigh-ins for Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin. The event takes place from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 1, with the main card streaming live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

In the night’s main event, strawweight champion Virna Jandiroba (13-0) makes her first defense of her belt against fellow Brazilian Janaisa Morandin (10-1). Jandiroba claimed the title earlier this year, defeating MIZUKI at Invicta FC 28 in Utah. Morandin was most recently in action against Kinberly Novaes at Invicta FC 26, earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus for her victory.

Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.

Strawweight Title: Virna Jandiroba (114.6) vs. Janaisa Morandin (114.5)
Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez (124.5) vs. Daiane Firmino (125.4)
Bantamweight: Shanna Young (134.5) vs. Lisa Spangler (135)
Strawweight: Mallory Martin (117)* vs. Ashley Nichols (115.7)
Flyweight: Miranda Maverick (125.1) vs. Victoria Leonardo (125.7)
Atomweight: Kelly D’Angelo (106) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (105.5)
Strawweight: Helen Peralta (115.7) vs. Kay Hansen (115.3)
Featherweight: Audrey Wolfe (145.5) vs. Holli Salazar (145.7)

– Martin was fined 25 percent of her fight purse for missing the strawweight limit of 116 pounds


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.

Invicta FC Strengthens Roster, Signs Eight Fighters to Contracts

Kansas City, Mo. — Invicta Fighting Championships has signed eight fighters to contracts, further strengthening its roster.

Returning to the promotion will be strawweight Jamie Moyle (4-3) and featherweight Faith McMah (formerly Van Duin, 6-3). Moyle has four previous appearances in the Invicta cage. She made her professional debut at Invicta FC 9 before competing on The Ultimate Fighter and fighting three times in the UFC. New Zealand’s McMah is a former Invicta featherweight title challenger. The 32-year-old last competed in 2016 at Invicta FC 19.

In addition to the returning veterans, the strawweight division will see a boost in the form of a talented Japanese wrestler and two recent UFC combatants. Twenty-five-year-old Kanako Murata (8-1) joins the promotion on the heels of wins over Ultimate Fighter veterans Angela Magana and Lanchana Green under the Rizin Fighting Federation banner. She will fight exclusively for Invicta FC when not competing for Rizin in her native Japan. Fellow 115-pound fighter Danielle Taylor (9-4) will make her promotional debut following a five-fight stint in the Octagon that included victories of former Invicta champion Jessica Penne and current Road FC titleholder Seo Hee Ham. Joining Murata and Taylor in the strawweight ranks will be Brazilian Viviane Pereira (13-2). “Sucuri” holds wins over former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau and current UFC fighter Poliana Botelho.

Entering the featherweight division will be France’s Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (6-2). The 31-year-old has stopped four of her six victories with strikes, most recently stopping UFC veteran Izabela Badurek inside the first round.

Finally, California’s Valerie Wong (0-0) and Florida’s Caitlin Sammons (0-0) will make their professional debuts for Invicta FC. Wong, who also competes in the strawweight division, has gone 5-1-1 as an amateur. Sammons, meanwhile, is a flyweight, who has compiled a 7-1 resume in the amateur ranks.

Fight announcements for all eight fighters are expected to be revealed in the near future.


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.

Invicta FC 31 to Feature Bout Streamed Live on Facebook

Kansas City, Mo. — For the first time ever, the world’s leading platform for women’s MMA will live stream a fight on its Facebook page.

An Invicta FC 31 featherweight match-up between Audrey Drew (1-0) and Holli Salazar (1-0) will simultaneously stream on Facebook and UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT. The undefeated fighters will both be making their promotional debuts.

A previously scheduled flyweight bout between newcomers Chantel Coates and Ashlynn Kleinbeck was pulled from the event after Kleinbeck had to have an emergency appendectomy during fight week and could not compete.

Invicta FC 31 takes place Saturday, Sept. 1, from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. It will be headlined by a strawweight title clash between Brazilians Virna Jandiroba (13-0) and Janaisa Morandin (10-1). The event will kick off with the Drew-Salazar match-up streaming live and free on Facebook at 7 p.m. CT, with the entire fight card streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT.

The updated fight card for Invicta FC 31 can be found below:

Strawweight Title: Virna Jandiroba (13-0) vs. Janaisa Morandin (10-1)
Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez (8-3) vs. Daiane Firmino (10-2)
Bantamweight: Shanna Young (4-0) vs. Lisa Spangler (2-0)
Strawweight: Mallory Martin (3-2) vs. Ashley Nichols (3-2)
Flyweight: Miranda Maverick (3-1) vs. Victoria Leonardo (2-0)
Atomweight: Kelly D’Angelo (2-2) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (3-0)
Strawweight: Helen Peralta (2-0) vs. Kay Hansen (2-1)
Featherweight: Audrey Drew (1-0) vs. Holli Salazar (1-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 31 are available now via Ticketfly.com.


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.