Entries by Rob Tatum

Featherweight Marina Shafir Signs with Invicta FC

Kansas City, Mo. — There’s a new arrival in the Invicta FC 145-pound weight class as decorated judoka Marina Shafir has signed with the promotion. The Moldova native, who trains alongside UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, began competing in MMA in 2012 following a lengthy career in judo. She rattled off five straight, first-round armbar finishes […]

Invicta FC 12 Loses Cassie Rodish vs. Stephanie Skinner

Kansas City, Mo. – The fight card for Invicta FC 12 has undergone a last-minute change. Atomweight Stephanie Skinner (4-5) has suffered an injury in training and her bout against Cassie Rodish (5-4) has been pulled from the event. The match-up was to serve as Skinner’s promotional debut, while Rodish was slated to return to the […]

Katja Kankaanpää: Exceeding Expectations

Sports, by their nature, are about the spirit of competition. Yet, the reasons that athletes choose to participate vary greatly from one to the next. For some, it’s the drive for first place. Those are the same people that race from stoplight to stoplight like their life depends on it. Others seek an outlet from […]

Gina Begley Steps In For Injured Roma Pawelek at Invicta FC 12

Kansas City, Mo. – Invicta Fighting Championships today announced a change to the fight card for Invicta FC 12, which takes place Friday, April 24, from the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Flyweight Roma Pawelek (1-0) has suffered an injury in training and is out of her preliminary card bout against Sijara Eubanks (0-0). Stepping in for Pawelek on […]

Roxanne Modafferi: The Happy Warrior Reborn

For thousands of years, there have been fables of the phoenix — a mythical bird of great beauty — that would burn into a pile of ashes at the end of its life and be reborn. The notion of a new beginning has made the phoenix a popular symbol throughout history. From Ancient Egypt and […]

Invicta Bantamweight Division Adds England’s Laura Howarth

Kansas City, Mo. — There’s another new face in the Invicta FC bantamweight division. England’s Laura Howarth (2-1) is the latest fighter to sign with the promotion. “Signing for Invicta was always going to happen, it was simply a question of time until I made it,” said the British fighter. “I’m really excited to show the […]

Irish Atomweight Catherine Costigan Joins Invicta FC

Kansas City, Mo. — The Invicta FC atomweight division continues to grow. The promotion has signed Ireland’s Catherine Costigan (5-0) to compete in the 105-pound division. The 35-year-old has secured four of her five wins via submission, including an armbar finish of Noelia Molina in her last outing. “I’m excited and determined to fight for Invicta,” said […]

Brazil’s Janaisa Morandin Added to Invicta Atomweight Division

Kansas City, Mo. — The Invicta FC 105-pound division has added another new face. Joining the promotion is undefeated Brazilian Janaisa Morandin (7-0). The native of Rio Grande do Sul has been competing professionally since 2013, racking up four finishes while competing in her home country. “Ever since I watched Invicta for the first time, I […]

Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza Full Fight Card

Kansas City, Mo. – Invicta Fighting Championships today announced the entire fight card for Invicta FC 12, which will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass on Friday, April 24, from the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Headlining the event will be a strawweight title fight between Katja Kankaanpää (10-1-1) and Livia Renata Souza (7-0). Finland’s Kankaanpää captured Invicta […]

Pannie Kianzad Joins Invicta Bantamweight Roster

Kansas City, Mo. — Invicta Fighting Championships today announced a new addition to its bantamweight ranks. Undefeated fighter Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad (7-0) has joined the promotion to compete in the 135-pound division. The 23-year-old was born in Iran, but grew up in Sweden. She competed as an amateur boxer during her teenage years before switching her attention to MMA […]