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

Fighting Words: Jamie Moyle

Making her professional debut November 1st at Invicta FC 9, Jamie Moyle is primed and eager to capture the attention of Invicta fans worldwide when she battles fellow Strawweight Jenny Liou Shriver.

Corey Smith: You began your training in martial arts in 2008, first taking up Kickboxing simply for fun. What was that initial training like for you? How long before you fell in love with mixed martial arts?

Jamie Moyle: When I first started training, it was a blast.  I always loved doing sports and physical activities, so it was fun to go in and punch bags and run around.  I had my first MMA fight in 2011, and the feeling I got after winning that fight was what hooked me.

JM: I loved being at the gym and training, but the feeling of winning is unlike any feeling you get in the gym.

CS: How long after you began training did you take your first amateur bout? What have you learned from your amateur career?

JM: When I first started training, I only trained two days a week. After training every day for a little over a year, I took my first fight.  I think that amateur careers are to get the fighter used to the process of fighting, and that the fighter should be improving every fight. So what I learned is how to prepare for fights so that I can be the best fighter when I step into the cage.

CS: As the winner of a tournament held by amateur organization Tuff N Nuf, you won your contract with Invicta FC. How satisfying was it to win your contract as opposed to simply signing one?

JM: It was great because I knew for sure that I was getting that contract with the win.  I didn’t have to try and get Invicta’s attention alone or wait for an organization to call me. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders!

CS: Now that you are an athlete of Invicta FC, what are your initial goals within the organization?

JM: My initial goals are to make a name for myself and capture the attention of the audience.  I am an exciting fighter and plan to gain a lot of fans because of that.  Getting that attention will help me to get more and bigger fights.

CS: Most fighters list the weight cut as the hardest aspect of being a fighter. Setting that aside, what do you consider the hardest aspect of being a fighter?

JM: The best fighters are fighters that work hard all the time and are always putting everything they have into their training.  Sometimes it’s hard to put on your game face everyday at the gym, but you push through it and that is what makes you a champion.

CS: You will be making your professional debut November 1st at Invicta FC 9 against Jenny Liou Shriver. How familiar are you with Shriver? What do you believe the key is to your matchup?

JM: I’m not too familiar with her and never heard of her before getting set up with this fight.  I think the key is to be ready for everything and to keep the fight moving constantly by mixing things up.



CS: What is your mood on fight night? Do you have any routines or superstitions that you have to perform?

JM: I’m usually pretty calm on fight night.  I put on my sweatpants and sweatshirt and just relax until it’s time for me to get wrapped up.



CS: Who generally accompanies you to the cage? What type of feedback and coaching do you prefer from your corners?

JM: I used to have my coach Seth Petruzelli when I was in Florida, but for my last 3 fights I have had John Wood in my corner.  I also have had my Muay Thai coach Chaz Mulkey who really pushes me in the fight.

JM: I prefer when my corners stay focused on letting me know what techniques are working and what to use, and when they are loud when I’m in the cage.



CS: Aside from fight preparation, how much MMA do you watch purely for enjoyment?

JM: I love watching MMA.  I’m always watching the Invicta FC shows and UFC.  I feel like there is always some MMA to watch on the weekends, and I always look forward to it.



CS: Outside of the gym and MMA, what types of activities do you enjoy for fun? What helps you to relax?

JM: I enjoy taking naps sometimes which helps me relax.  For fun, I hang out with my boyfriend and family.  I have a niece and a nephew who I see all the time, and I love being with them.



CS: Lastly, MMA takes a team to succeed alone inside the cage. Who would you like to thank?

JM: I want to thank my parents for always helping and supporting me.  My gym and coaches are behind me 100% and I am grateful for that. Thank you Invicta for giving me this opportunity!


Invicta FC 9 takes place November 1st live from the  RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa. The full card will air live via UFC Fight PassClick below to subscribe to UFC FightPass.


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