INJURY FORCES SARAH KAUFMAN TO WITHDRAW FROM INVICTA FC 3
Sep 20, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 17, 2012) – An injury
has forced Sarah
Kaufman to withdraw from her Invicta FC 3 bantamweight (135
pounds) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matchup with Kaitlin
Young (7-6-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at Memorial Hall in
Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6, setting up a highly-anticipated
rematch between Young and Leslie
Smith (3-2-1).of Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Promising upstart Raquel
Pennington (3-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. has been tapped to
face Smith’s original Invicta FC 3 bantamweight opponent,
professional boxer and undefeated MMA prospect Kim
Connor-Hamby (4-0) of Stuttgart, Ark.
Both seasoned strikers, Young and Smith engaged in an all-out
slugfest for three rounds at the inaugural Invicta FC event on
April 28, before a majority draw was declared. Young and Smith were
awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their valiant efforts and
the possibility of a rematch has since been a hot topic of
To date, the 27-year-old Young has earned six of her seven
professional wins by KO. In her third start, she scored a memorable
KO on former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate
with a head kick just 30 seconds into their matchup.
Smith, a 31-year-old product of the Cesar
Gracie Academy, went unbeaten (3-0) as an amateur before
turning pro on March 6, 2009 and scoring a third round (4:16) TKO
Johnson with a series of punches.
The 31-year-old Connor-Hamby boasts a 10-2-2 (4 KO’s) record in
professional boxing. In her MMA debut on June 27, 2009,
Connor-Hamby needed just 20 seconds to stop Crystal
Hamilton with a barrage of punches.
Connor-Hamby reeled off TKO victories in each of her next two
starts and earned a split decision over Jessica
Hilger in her last MMA bout on April 17, 2010.
Pennington’s start will be her second in the Invicta FC cage. The
24-year-old earned a unanimous decision over Sarah Moras
at the last Invicta FC event on July 28 and, less than six weeks
after that, returned to action in Honolulu, Hawaii where she
submitted Raquel Pa’aluhi with a guillotine choke in the first
round (3:52) of their meeting.
Before her professional debut in March when she scored a second
round (2:25) TKO on Kim Couture
with a series of knee strikes to the body, Pennington enjoyed a
healthy amateur career that spanned three years and saw her amass a
record of 7-1.
Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, priced from $25, are
on sale and can be purchased at Memorial Hall box office (913)
549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by
phone at (800) 745-3000.
In the Invicta FC 3 main event, superstar Jessica
Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. will face off with
undefeated phenom Naho
Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan at atomweight (105 pounds) in
the first-ever Invicta FC women’s world title bout.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna
Baszler (14-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action in
the bantamweight co-main event and take on Invicta FC 2 winner
Sarah D’Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.
Another Invicta FC 2 victor, Barb
Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa, will collide with rising
star and furious finisher Aisling
Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a flyweight (125 pounds)
Invicta FC will welcome one of the original pioneers of women’s
MMA, submission expert Tara LaRosa
(21-2) of Woodstown, N.J., who will lock horns at flyweight with
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa
Porto (14-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first
start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey
Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atomweight scrap.
In the leadoff main card bout, Julia Budd
(3-2) of Port Moody, Canada will meet Elaina
Maxwell (7-4) of San Jose, Calif. at featherweight (145
The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a strawweight (115
pounds) matchup between Carla
Esparza (7-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynn
Alvarez (5-2) of Las Vegas, Nev.
Fresh off her professional debut win at Invicta FC 2, Jessamyn
Duke (1-0) of Richmond, Ky. will face unbeaten Marciea
Allen (1-0) of Sioux Falls in a bantamweight battle.
Torres (0-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kaiyana
Rain (0-0) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make their respective
professional debuts against each other at strawweight.
Unbeaten Xtreme Couture prospect Katalina
Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas will battle Ediane
Gomes (8-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil at
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.