Countdown to Invicta FC 47: Ducote vs. Zappitella

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Invicta Fighting Championships will host an action-packed night of women’s mixed martial arts action on Wednesday, May 11. The world’s premier combat sports organization for women returns for Invicta FC 47: Ducote vs Zappitella. The event will take place from Memorial Hall in Kansas City and is headlined by a strawweight championship bout.

In the night’s main event, strawweight champion Emily Ducote (10-6) meets former atomweight titleholder Alesha Zappitella (9-3, 1 NC). 

Premiering a week before the live event is the documentary, Countdown to Invicta FC 47. Viewers will get an in-depth look at the training camps of both Ducote and Zappitella as they prepare for their main event match-up.

Oklahoma’s Ducote is coming off a highlight-reel knockout of UFC veteran Danielle Taylor. “The fact that I’ve fought so many great girls gives me confidence to trust and handle myself in this fight wherever it goes. I’m going to do my best on May 11th and I expect to defend my title.”

Zappitella was most recently in action opposite Brazilian Jéssica Delboni. Prior to the bout with Delboni, Zappitella made it clear that 115 pounds was in her immediate future. “I’m always the smaller fighter. I definitely think Emily is taking me lightly and I think that she really just thinks that I’m just some small atomweight. She’s not that much bigger than me. I’m not concerned about Emily’s power. I have fought girls that are bigger her and I have practiced with girls that are much better than her.”

Countdown to Invicta FC 47 can be viewed in its entirety below.

Direction and Editing: Jorge Barbosa
Cinematography: Cynthia Vance and Mark Johnston

Invicta FC 47: Ducote vs. Zappitella will be overseen by the Kansas Athletic Commission and will feature open scoring. The event will kick off at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT live and free on Invicta FC’s YouTube channel.

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 (InvictaFights) and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.

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