KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The fight card for Invicta on AXS TV has undergone multiple changes.
The planned strawweight match-up between former title challenger Emily “Gordinha” Ducote (9-6) and Liz “The Titan” Tracy (5-4) as well as the bantamweight rematch between Phoenix Series 3 bantamweight winner Taneisha “Triple Threat” Tennant (3-1) and “Hurricane” Hope Chase (3-1) have been removed from the event.
A flyweight contest between newcomers “The Piece” Elise Pone (debut) and Chrissy “The Doll” Yandolli (debut) has been added to the card. Pone, who hails from Pennsylvania, is a decorated Muay Thai practitioner who has held multiple amateur titles. New York’s Yandolli also comes from a kickboxing background and will be making her professional debut.
Invicta on AXS TV takes place Friday, May 21 in Kansas City and features a pair of title fights in the flyweight and atomweight divisions. In the headliner, Mexico’s Karina Rodriguez (8-4) faces off with Brazilian Daiana Torquato (10-3) for the vacant 125-pound title. The co-main event will see newly crowned atomweight queen Alesha “Half Pint” Zappitella (8-2, 1 NC) defend her 105-pound belt against Brazilian challenger Jéssica Delboni (10-2).
The fight card will stream live and free on all Invicta FC social platforms beginning with a preliminary card at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m CT. Main-card action follows on Invicta’s new broadcast home, AXS TV, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. To find how to watch the action in your area, click here.
The event will be overseen by the Kansas Athletic Commission and will feature open scoring. With the ongoing pandemic, the fights will take place behind closed doors — sans fans and media. As with any Invicta event, the safety of its athletes, their corners, its staff and commission officials is of the utmost priority. All participants will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the event.
The updated Invicta on AXS TV fight card can be found below:
Flyweight Title: Karina Rodriguez vs. Daiana Torquato
Atomweight Title: Alesha Zappitella vs. Jéssica Delboni
Flyweight: Juliana Miller vs. Claire Guthrie
Flyweight: Josee Storts vs. Maria Favela
Strawweight: Fatima Kline vs. Ariana Melendez
Flyweight: Elise Pone vs. Chrissy Yandolli
About Invicta FC:
Invicta Fighting Championships (invictafc.com) 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.