KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Invicta Fighting Championships returns to action on Wednesday, March 9 with a flyweight title main event.
Mexico’s Karina Rodríguez (9-4) will make the first defense of her 125-pound belt opposite Brazilian newcomer Ketlen “Esquentadinha” Souza (11-3). Rodríguez captured gold in the main event of Invicta FC on AXS TV, besting Daiana Torquato after five hard-fought rounds. The veteran has won three of her last four, including wins over UFC alums DeAnna Bennett and Milana Dudieva. The 26-year-old Souza will make her Invicta debut riding the momentum of three straight victories. Of her 11 career wins, eight have come via knockout.
In the co-main event, the aforementioned Daiana Torquato (10-4) and Milana Dudieva (12-8) will meet for a second time in another flyweight match-up. The pair met in the opening round of the second Phoenix Tournament, with Brazil’s Torquato edging Russia’s Dudieva by split decision after a closely contested bout.
Also on the card, UFC veteran and former Invicta strawweight title challenger Danielle Taylor (11-6) collides with Liz “The Titan” Tracy (6-4). Taylor aims to rebound after falling short in her title conquest, while Tracy looks to build on the momentum of her decision win over Jodie Esquibel at Invicta FC 44.
Other bouts include an atomweight match-up between Paulina “Firefox” Granados (4-4) and Monique Adriane (4-2), plus grappling ace Fatima “The Archangel” Kline (1-0) takes on a yet-to-be-named opponent at strawweight.
Invicta FC 46: Rodríguez vs. Souza takes place in Kansas City. It will be overseen by the Kansas Athletic Commission and feature open scoring. With the ongoing pandemic, the fights will take place behind closed doors — sans fans and media. Broadcast information, as well as the remaining fight card details, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The current fight card can be found below:
Flyweight Title: Karina Rodríguez vs. Ketlen Souza
Flyweight: Daiana Torquato vs. Milana Dudieva
Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. Liz Tracy
Atomweight: Paulina Granados vs. Monique Adriane
Strawweight: Fatima Kline vs. TBA
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.
About Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc.
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. is a global multi-platform media company with offices and studios in Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, New York, Kansas City and Toronto. Anthem’s portfolio includes AXS TV, a leading music, entertainment and lifestyle television channel and digital media company; global film distribution company Gravitas Ventures; Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel; IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s leading wrestling organizations specializing in original programming and live events; Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s premier all-women mixed martial arts promotion; Game+, the leader in Esports and gaming content; GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S.