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Milana Dudieva Replaces Jessica-Rose Clark, Three Bouts Join Invicta FC 26 Fight Card

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 26 has undergone a change to one of the previously announced match-ups and added three new bouts.

Flyweight Jessica-Rose “Jessy Jess” Clark has been pulled from her match-up with former title challenger Vanessa Porto (18-8). Stepping in to face the Brazilian will be UFC veteran Milana Dudieva (11-6).

Undefeated Brazilian strawweight Virna Jandiroba (11-0) will make her promotional debut against returning veteran Amy Montenegro (8-2). Jandiroba enters the contest having won nine of her 11 career bouts via submission. Montenegro is coming off a “Fight of Year” contender against Celine Haga at Invicta FC 21 earlier this year.

In the atomweight division, former title challenger Amber Brown (6-4) tangles with Texan Tessa Simpson (5-2). Both fighters are eager to work back into title contention in the sport’s deepest 105-pound division.

Finally, flyweight knockout artists Karina Rodríguez (5-2) and Christine Ferea (1-1) will look to add to their respective highlight reels. Mexico’s Rodríguez put away Brazilian Bárbara Acioly at Invicta FC 24, while Ferea engaged in a three-round war with kickboxing champion Tiffany Van Soest at Invicta FC 23.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Friday, Dec. 8, from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT. It will be headlined by a flyweight title clash between champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) and undefeated Polish fighter Aga Niedźwiedź (10-0).

The current fight card for Invicta FC 26 can be found below:

Flyweight Title: Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) vs. Aga Niedźwiedź (10-0)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (12-4) vs. Janaisa Morandin (9-1)
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto (18-8) vs. Milana Dudieva (11-6)
Strawweight: Amy Montenegro (8-2) vs. Virna Jandiroba (11-0)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (6-4) vs. Tessa Simpson (5-2)
Flyweight: Christine Ferea (1-1) vs. Karina Rodríguez (5-2)

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Tickeyfly.com. Additional bouts for the event will be announced at a later date.


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 22 Fight Card Complete with Two Additional Bouts

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 22 is now complete with the addition of two fights.

In the atomweight division, former title challenger Amber Brown (6-3) welcomes veteran Ashley Cummins (4-3) back to the promotion. Brown, whose last bout came at strawweight, returns to 105 pounds looking to make another run at gold. The 29-year-old Cummins is a four-time Invicta veteran competing out of her home state of Missouri.

Also added to the event is a featherweight match-up between undefeated Felicia Spencer (1-0) and promotional newcomer Madison McElhaney (1-0). Florida’s Spencer was last in action at Invicta FC 14, scoring a first-round stoppage of Rachel Wiley in a lightweight contest. McElhaney, who hails from California, made a successful professional debut in December.

Invicta FC 22 will be headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between champion Tonya Evinger (18-5, 1 NC) and Russian challenger Yana Kunitskaya (9-2, 1 NC).

The event takes place Saturday, March 25 from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete Invicta FC 22 fight card can be found below:

Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger (18-5, 1 NC) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (9-2, 1 NC)
Strawweight: Ayaka Hamasaki (14-1) vs. Livia Renata Souza (9-1)
Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett (8-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-2)
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) vs. Janaisa Morandin (9-0)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (6-3) vs. Ashley Cummins (4-3)
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (1-0) vs. Mallory Martin (1-0)
Strawweight: Kal Holliday (1-0) vs. Miranda Maverick (1-0)
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer (1-0) vs. Madison McElhaney (1-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 22 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.

Episode 8: Invicta FC 16 Hamasaki vs. Brown Post-Fight Wrap

Following Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown, Invicta FC play-by-play commentator TJ De Santis, color commentator Julie Kedzie, in-cage interviewer Laura Sanko and staff writer Rob Tatum sat down to discuss the event and share their thoughts on the night’s action.

On this special post-fight show, the panel recapped the action-packed card that saw Ayaka Hamasaki defend her atomweight crown by defeating Amber Brown in the night’s main event. They also discussed the title-clinching performance of Jennifer Maia who defeated Vanessa Porto, Irene Aldana’s stoppage of Jessamyn Duke and Angela Hill’s knockout of Stephanie Eggink.

Invicta FC 16 Results: Hamasaki Retains, Maia Captures Gold

Las Vegas — On Friday, March 11, Invicta Fighting Championships visited the Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas for its 16th event. The event streamed live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Invicta atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki faced adversity in her first title defense against challenger Amber Brown, but the Japanese fighter retained her belt with a third-round armbar finish. Hamasaki landed a takedown in round one and landed punches from the top position, but Brown threw up a triangle choke and Hamasaki was forced to defend. Round two was nearly a carbon-copy of the first, but Hamasaki attacked the right arm of Brown with a keylock and a straight armbar attempt. In round three, Hamasaki’s repeated attacks on Brown’s arm paid off as she was able to extend the arm and coerce a tap.

Brazilians Jennifer Maia and Vanessa Porto put on a show in the night’s co-main event, with Maia leaving the cage with the interim flyweight title. Porto came out aggressive, dropping Maia with a right hand in the opening stanza. Maia recovered, but Porto continued to come forward with kicks. Porto scored with a big slam in round two and nearly locked in an armbar. Maia survived the early action and established her range on the feet. Porto’s nose bled badly as the fight wore on, as Maia’s combinations found a home. Maia surprisingly locked up an armbar of her own in round four, but Porto was able to defend. The fifth round decided the title affair, with Maia proving to be the fresher fighter. Maia sought a late guillotine that Porto escaped, but the judges handed Maia Invicta FC gold.

Strawweight Angela Hill proved that stepping up on short notice was no big deal, as she stopped former title fighter Stephanie Eggink by second-round TKO. Hill was in Eggink’s face early, but Eggink found openings for body kicks. As Eggink continued to kick, Hill found her timing and began to counter. Multiple overhand rights found the jaw of Eggink and in round two, a heavy shot sent her crashing to the ground. Hill followed with more punches and the referee waved off the bout.

Mexico’s Irene Aldana needed just three minutes to give UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke a rude welcome back to the Invicta cage. The bantamweights exchanged punches from the opening bell, with Aldana repeatedly finding Duke’s jaw with her right hand. A heavy shot wobbled Duke along the cage and Aldana smelled blood. She unleashed a flurry of body shots that saw Duke crumble to the canvas for the TKO.

Veteran Roxanne Modafferi and former title challenger DeAnna Bennett battled hard for three rounds. Modafferi’s forward pressure was the story of the fight, as she frequently backed Bennett against the cage. Bennett earned a big slam in the first round, but the action largely played out on the feet. Modafferi’s volume punching forced Bennett to counter with body kicks, but she could not match the output. When it was all said and done, the judges were split; leaving Modafferi victorious.

Atomweight Jinh Yu Frey made her case for a title shot, outworking former titleholder Herica Tiburcio en route to a unanimous decision win. The pair spent the majority of the fight on the feet, trading combinations. Tiburcio chewed up the lead leg of Frey with kicks, but Frey’s ability to counter with punches were the difference. Frey dropped Tiburcio with a left hand late in round two, but ultimately the fight went the distance.

Making her flyweight debut, veteran Sarah D’Alelio outlasted a very game Andrea Lee, scoring a late, third-round submission victory. Lee’s striking arsenal was on display in the first frame, as she battered the lead leg of D’Alelio. D’Alelio answered with wrestling in the middle round, leading to a do-or-die final five minutes. Lee scored with a gorgeous hip toss along the cage, but D’Alelio scrambled to top position and then transitioned to Lee’s back. Once there, she slapped on the fight-finishing rear-naked choke and Lee was forced to tap.

Stepping in on short notice, unbeaten Aspen Ladd put on a clinic in her bantamweight debut. Ladd immediately took opponent Kelly McGill to the ground and showcased her strong grappling game. Ladd threatened with choke attempts, but it was her steady stream of punches and elbows that took its toll on McGill. In the third stanza, Ladd poured it on and forced the referee to halt the contest.

In the night’s opening bout, debuting strawweights Ashley Greenway and Sarah Click fought hard for three rounds. Click scored with kicks early, but Greenway found her range midway through the fight. The final frame was all Greenway as she scored a takedown and tied Click into knots with multiple submission attempts. The judges rewarded Greenway for her efforts with a unanimous decision nod.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Amber Brown by submission (armbar). Round 3, 2:52 – for atomweight title
Jennifer Maia def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) – for interim flyweight title
Angela Hill def. Stephanie Eggink by TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:36
Irene Aldana def. Jessamyn Duke by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:08
Roxanne Modafferi def. DeAnna Bennett by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jinh Yu Frey def. Herica Tiburcio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Andrea Lee by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 4:21
Aspen Ladd def. Kelly McGill by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:47
Ashley Greenway def. Sarah Click by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)


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).

Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown Official Weigh-in Results

Las Vegas — On Thursday, March 10, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted the weigh-ins for Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown, which takes place Friday, March 10, from the Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The main event will see recently crowned atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) make her first title defense against the hard-charging Amber Brown (6-1). Japan’s Hamasaki captured gold last July with a decision win over Herica Tiburcio at Invicta FC 13. Brown, meanwhile, has won three straight in the Invicta cage, including back-to-back, first-round submission finishes. She topped Shino VanHoose at Invicta FC 15 in January via guillotine choke.

In the co-main event, the promotion will crown an interim flyweight champion as Brazilians Vanessa Porto (18-6) and Jennifer Maia (12-4-1) face off. Both fighters enter the match-up riding three-fight winning streaks. Porto was most recently in action against Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 12, while Maia will return to the Invicta cage after three bouts in her home country.

Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins, which were held at the Tropicana Hotel Lounge.

Atomweight Title: Ayaka Hamasaki (104.9) vs. Amber Brown (104.7)
Interim Flyweight Title: Vanessa Porto (124.4) vs. Jennifer Maia (124.6)
Strawweight: Stephanie Eggink (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)
Bantamweight:* Irene Aldana (136.6) vs. Jessamyn Duke (134.9)
Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi (125.1) vs. DeAnna Bennett (124.5)
Atomweight:* Herica Tiburcio (106.9) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (105.5)
Flyweight: Andrea Lee (125.3) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (125.2)
Bantamweight: Kelly McGill (135.3) vs. Aspen Ladd (135.9)
Strawweight: Ashley Greenway (115.4) vs. Sarah Click (115.8)

* – these bouts were contracted at 136 and 106 pounds, respectively. With the commission’s one-pound allowance, both fights are official.


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).

Episode 7: Invicta FC 16 ‘Hamasaki vs. Brown’ Preview

Jack Encarnacao is back on Invicta FC Radio for the inaugural “Invicta FC Radio Preview” show.

On this broadcast Encarnacao welcomes in MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi, MMARising’s Robert Sargent and Kristin Usry from WMMARoundup.com to breakdown tomorrow night’s Invicta FC 16 card which pits atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki against Amber Brown in the main event.

The group also discussed the co-main event between Brazilians Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia. The pair will battle for the interim flyweight title.

Listen below for the groups analysis and picks of the two title clashes, as well as the rest of the fight card.

Invicta FC Returns to Las Vegas on March 11

Kansas City, Mo. — Invicta Fighting Championships is headed back to Sin City for its 16th event.

Today the promotion announced that it will visit the Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas on Friday, March 11. The event will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The main event will see recently crowned atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) make her first title defense against the hard-charging Amber Brown (6-1). Japan’s Hamasaki captured gold last July with a decision win over Herica Tiburcio at Invicta FC 13. Brown, meanwhile, has won three straight in the Invicta cage, including back-to-back, first-round submission finishes. She topped Shino VanHoose at Invicta FC 15 in January via guillotine choke.

In the co-main event, the promotion will crown an interim flyweight champion as Brazilians Vanessa Porto (18-6) and Jennifer Maia (12-4-1) face off. Both fighters enter the match-up riding three-fight winning streaks. Porto was most recently in action against Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 12, while Maia will return to the Invicta cage after three bouts in her home country.

The rest of the card is stacked with exciting match-ups. Unbeaten Mexican phenom Alexa Grasso (7-0) meets former title challenger Stephanie Eggink (4-2) at strawweight, recent bantamweight title combatant Irene Aldana (5-2) welcomes UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke (3-3) back to the promotion, veteran Roxanne Modafferi (18-12) will face DeAnna Bennett (8-1) in her return to the flyweight division, former atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio (9-3) takes on Jinh Yu Frey (4-1), and Andrea Lee (4-1) will clash with Sarah D’Alelio (8-6) in her flyweight debut.

Rounding out the card, bantamweight Kelly McGill (2-0) returns from injury to meet newcomer Amberlynn Orr (0-0), while strawweights Ashley Greenway (0-0) and Sarah Click (0-0) make their professional debuts.

The fight card for Invicta FC 16 can be found below:

Atomweight Title: Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) vs. Amber Brown (6-1)
Interim Flyweight Title: Vanessa Porto (18-6) vs. Jennifer Maia (12-4-1)
Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (7-0) vs. Stephanie Eggink (4-2)
Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (5-2) vs. Jessamyn Duke (3-3)
Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi (18-12) vs. DeAnna Bennett (8-1)
Atomweight: Herica Tiburcio (9-3) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (4-1)
Flyweight: Andrea Lee (4-1) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (8-6)
Bantamweight: Kelly McGill (2-0) vs. Amberlynn Orr (0-0)
Strawweight: Ashley Greenway (0-0) vs. Sarah Click (0-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 16 go on sale Friday, Feb. 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Tropicana Las Vegas Show Tickets desk, by calling 800-829-9034, or online at troplv.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. For more information, visit InvictaFC.com, follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights) and like Invicta on Facebook (Facebook.com/InvictaFights).

Fighting Words: Amber Brown

Chomping at the bit to enter the Invicta FC cage, Amber Brown gets her wish November 1st at Invicta FC 9 when she will compete against Liz McCarthy live on UFC FightPass.

 

 

Corey Smith: You first began training in mixed martial arts in 2009 when you took up boxing as means to get in shape. What were those first few months of training like for you? What made you want to take it further?

Amber Brown: Back in 2009, when I first came to Fit-Nhb, it was a different experience for me. I was never involved in any combat sports growing up. It took a bit to get used to, the workouts, getting punched in the face, etc.

AB: I had teammates fighting on amateur boxing/kickboxing smokers at the gym, so that made me want to try it, and go out there and compete.

 

 

CS: Originally you were strictly a boxer, with several amateur bouts and one pro bout. Aside from obvious rule differences, what are the main differences between boxing and MMA?

AB: With boxing and MMA, you have to work hard either way. However, they are both way different. Boxing has limited tools; it may take a lot longer to finish fights. You don’t have to worry about any weapons except the hands.

AB:  In MMA, you have a way bigger arsenal. You can finish a fight a lot quicker. Also it’s a way different cardio!

 

 

CS: What were your initial thoughts when the Invicta FC FightPass distribution deal was announced?

AB: I was super excited to hear that Invicta signed a deal to air on FightPass. I knew something was in the works, but to find out that it was with the UFC is awesome!

 

 

CS: Your last bout was in July of 2013, more than a year before your bout on November 1st at Invicta FC 9. Do you have any concerns with ring rust?

AB: I am not worried about ring rust at all. I am just totally ready to get in there and fight! I have been in the gym the entire time, working on things, just staying ready. I will be more than ready.

 

 

CS: Your opponent at Invicta FC 9, Liz McCarthy brings a similar level of experience along with a background in boxing. What are you expecting out of the bout?

AB: I can’t say how the fight with Liz will play out; I just know that it will be a WAR!!

 

 

CS: What is your mood on fight night? Do you have any routines or superstitions that you have to perform?

AB: On fight night, there aren’t usually things I have to do. Throughout the day, I try to stay calm, relaxed, and totally focused. I imagine everything. Warming up, walking out, the crowd, walking in the cage, and the fight itself.

AB: Usually on fight day my mood is: Ready!

 

 

CS: Who generally accompanies you to the cage? What type of feedback and coaching do you prefer from your corners?

AB: My coach, mentor, and other mother Arlene Sanchez has been with me every fight. She usually accompanies me to the cage, and/or Tom Vaughn and wrestling coach Jon Judy. I prefer honest, straight up coaching. I want them to tell it exactly how it is, no beating around the bush.

 

 

CS: Aside from fight preparation, how much MMA do you watch purely for enjoyment?

AB: I am always watching fights or something MMA related. I really enjoy watching it!

 

 

CS: Outside of the gym and MMA, what types of activities do you enjoy for fun? What helps you to relax?

AB: Aside from the gym, I love to be with my husband and my daughter. Outdoors, I love nature, hikes, camping. But I am ALWAYS in the gym!

 

 

CS: Lastly, MMA takes a team to succeed alone inside the cage. Who would you like to thank?

AB: Without the help of my husband, my whole Wildbunch family, my coaches Tom and Arlene, Jon Judy, and all of my sponsors, none of this would be possible. Unleashed Sports Nutrition, Damage Control Mouthguards, Mei-Li Fighting, and Xionx.

AB: And most of all INVICTA FC!!!

 

Invicta FC 9 takes place November 1st live from the  RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa.

Tickets are on sale via the Ticketmaster link below.

The full card will air live via UFC Fight PassClick below to subscribe to UFC FightPass.

 

 

 

 

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