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Invicta FC 35 Features DeAnna Bennett vs. Karina Rodríguez II

Kansas City, Mo. — The lineup for Invicta Fighting Championships 35 has been finalized.

On Friday, June 7, the promotion again touches down at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT.

In the night’s main event, the flyweight contender tournament will come to a close as UFC veteran DeAnna Bennett (10-4-1) rematches Mexico’s Karina Rodríguez (7-3). The pair met previously at Invicta FC 28, with Bennett edging Rodríguez by decision. The pair meet again with a flyweight title shot on the line. Bennett defeated Missouri’s Miranda Maverick and Rodriguez topped UFC veteran Milana Dudieva in the tournament semifinals at Invicta FC 34 in February. The winner will be the next to challenge Brazilian champion Vanessa Porto.

The co-main event will take place in the atomweight division as undefeated wrestling stalwart Alesha Zappitella (5-0) takes on four-fight UFC alum Viviane Pereira (13-3), who makes her debut in the 105-pound division. Zappitella bested former title challenger Amber Brown in her last outing, while Pereira took on top strawweight MIZUKI in her promotional debut.

Joining the top two match-ups will be seven additional bouts. Japan’s Kanako Murata (9-1) meets fellow strawweight newcomer Liana Pirosin (7-2), former bantamweight title challenger Katharina Lehner (7-1) returns to take on undefeated Lisa Spangler (3-0), featherweight Kaitlin Young (9-9-1) clashes with New Zealand’s Faith McMah (6-3), California bantamweights collide as Stockton’s Chelsea Chandler (1-1) meets undefeated Los Angeles fighter Brittney Victoria (3-0), Missouri’s Kelly D’Angelo (3-2) takes on New York’s Jillian DeCoursey (2-1) in an atomweight affair, Thailand’s Loma Lookboonmee (2-1) welcomes Brazilian atomweight Monique Adriane (4-1) to the Invicta cage, and strawweights Valerie Wong (0-0) and Genia Goodin (0-0) make their professional debuts.

The current Invicta FC 35 fight card can be found below:

Flyweight Contender Bout: DeAnna Bennett (10-4-1) vs. Karina Rodríguez (7-3)
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella (5-0) vs. Viviane Pereira (13-3)
Strawweight: Kanako Murata (9-1) vs. Liana Pirosin (7-2)
Bantamweight: Katharina Lehner (7-1) vs. Lisa Spangler (3-0)
Featherweight: Kaitlin Young (9-9-1) vs. Faith McMah (6-3)
Bantamweight: Chelsea Chandler (1-1) vs. Brittney Victoria (3-0)
Atomweight: Kelly D’Angelo (3-2) vs. Jillian DeCoursey (2-1)
Atomweight: Loma Lookboonmee (2-1) vs. Monique Adriane (4-1)
Strawweight: Valerie Wong (0-0) vs. Genia Goodin (0-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 35 are on sale now through Eventbrite.


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 Replaces Kanako Murata, Faces Sharon Jacobson at Invicta FC 33

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta FC 33 has changed due to injury.

Strawweight newcomer Kanako Murata (8-1) has been forced out of her promotional debut against fellow wrestler Sharon Jacobson (5-3). Stepping in on short notice will be 19-year-old Kay Hansen (3-2).

Hansen was last in action in November, falling via hard-fought decision to Erin Blanchfield at Invicta FC 32. The Californian has finished all three of her career wins, including two inside the Invicta cage.

Jacobson has compiled a 3-1 record with the promotion, most recently defeating Ashley Nichols on the scorecards at Invicta FC 27 in January.

Invicta FC 33 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card is headlined by an atomweight title rematch between champion Jinh Yu Frey (7-3) and Minna Grusander (6-2). The pair met previously in July, with the Texas fighter Frey edging Finland’s Grusander on the scorecards.

The updated 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. Kay Hansen (3-2)
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) vs. Ashlynn Kleinbeck (0-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 33 are on sale now and available for purchase at 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 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.