INJURY FORCES CHAMP CARLA ESPARZA OUT OF INVICTA FC 6
Jun 13, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 11, 2013) – A leg injury
has forced reigning Invicta Fighting Championships World
Strawweight (115 pounds) Champion Carla
Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. to withdraw from her
scheduled title defense against undefeated JEWELS champion Ayaka
Hamasaki (9-0) of Tokyo, Japan at the highly-anticipated
Invicta Fighting Championships women’s world championship Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on
Saturday, July 13.
Replacing the injured Esparza against Hamasaki in the Invicta FC 6
co-main event will be undefeated sensation Claudia
Gadelha (9-0) of Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte Brazil.
Gadelha’s original Invicta FC 6 opponent, undefeated, fast-rising
Calderwood (6-0) of Glasgow, Scotland has been matched with a
new strawweight opponent, Sarah
Schneider (6-6) of Raytown, Mo.
The 24-year-old Gadelha’s start will be her first under the Invicta
FC banner. In her last start, she notched a unanimous decision win
Tiburcio on May 11, 2013.
Hamasaki, a 31-year-old submission specialist, has been an
unsolvable puzzle in action, thus far. After reeling off victories
in her first seven stars in Japan, she made her debut in the U.S.
at Invicta FC 2 last July 28, submitting Lacey
Schuckman in the third round (4:45) of action with an armbar.
Hamasaki recorded her latest conquest in on Dec. 15, a unanimous
decision over Emi Fujino in
a JEWELS-promoted contest in Japan.
The 32-year-old Schneider holds an overall 1-1 record in the
Invicta FC cage. Five of her six-career professional victories have
come by way of submission, including her start against Sally
Krumdiack at the inaugural Invicta FC event on April 28, 2012,
which Schneider won by way of armbar in the first round (3:01).
Tickets priced from $35, for the highly-anticipated Invicta
Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world
championship doubleheader event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas
City on Saturday, July 13, are on sale online at TicketFly.com.
In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card, ferocious KO artist
and pound-for-pound sensation Cristiane Cyborg (11-1, 1 NC) of
Curitiba, Brazil will face off with fellow superstar and submission
Coenen (21-5) of The Netherlands in the first-ever Invicta FC
world featherweight (145 pounds) championship bout.
The showdown between rivals Cyborg and Coenen marks a
highly-anticipated rematch to their explosive, barnburner first
fight in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan 30, 2010 in which Cyborg emerged
victorious by way of TKO (punches) in the third and final scheduled
round (3:40) of action.
In other action on the Invicta FC 6 main card, three-time Invicta
FC fight winner Sarah D’Alelio (7-3) of San Jose, Calif. will take
on undefeated upstart Lauren
Taylor (6-0) of Anchorage, Alaska at bantamweight (135
After her second Invicta FC “Fight of the Night” performance,
prolific striker Leslie
Smith (5-3-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will drop from
bantamweight to flyweight and face off with Jennifer
Maia (7-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil. Maia is coming off her
second consecutive win, a unanimous decision over superstar
Zoila Frausto Gurgel, at Invicta FC 5 on April 5.
Former Invicta FC world atomweight (105 pounds) champion Jessica
Penne (10-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will look to rebound
from her hard-fought defeat at the hands of Michelle
Waterson in the main event of Invicta FC 5 when she squares off
with battle-tested road warrior Nicdali Riveral-Calanoc (8-6) of
Submission ace Ediane
Gomes (10-2) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will battle hard-punching
Budd (5-2) in a featherweight (145 pounds) tilt.
Crowd-pleasing finisher “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt
(5-2) of Brisbane, Queensland Australia will look to notch her
second straight victory under the Invicta FC banner in a
strawweight showdown with JEWELS star Mizuki
Inoue (5-1) of Nagoya, Aichi Japan. Inoue has won all five her
professional stars to date by way of submission inside of two
rounds of action.
Hard-hitting Muay Thai stylist Miriam
Nakamoto (1-0) of Dublin, Calif. will square off with Duda
Yankovich (1-1) of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in a bantamweight
A four-bout preliminary card will be highlighted by a strawweight
collision between unbeaten upstarts Rose
Namajunas (2-0) of St. Paul, Minn. and Tecia
Torres (2-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Namajunas captured the
attention of the entire MMA fight world when she scored a stunning,
12-second submission on Kathina
Catron at Invicta FC 5.
About Invicta Fighting Championships: Invicta Fighting
Championships (www.invictafc.com) is a world championship 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 and
sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering
the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible
matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing
future superstars of the sport.
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