(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 4, 2013) – All 13 bouts,
including the world atomweight (105 pounds) title fight between
defending champion Jessica
Penne (10-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif. and challenger
Waterson (10-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. were made official today
for the Invicta Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) world championship doubleheader event tomorrow, Saturday,
April 5 at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, live on Invicta
Penne weighed in at 104.9 pounds and Waterson registered a weight
of 104.7 pounds.
Co-main event opponents Barb
Honchak (7-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa and Vanessa
Porto (15-2) of Sao Paulo, Brazil weighed in at 124.6 pounds
and 124.8 pounds, respectively, for their matchup that will be
contested as the first Invicta FC world flyweight (125 pounds)
championship bout in history.
Pound-for-pound great Cris Cyborg (10-1) of Curitiba, Brazil
weighed in at 144.8 pounds for her Invicta FC featherweight (145
pounds) debut against Fiona
Muxlow (6-2) of Townsville, Queensland Australia. Muxlow tipped
the scales at 143.8 pounds.
Tickets for Invicta FC 5, priced from $25, are on sale online at
The live stream of the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m.
PST, is available for purchase, in its entirety, on InvictaFC.com
for a credit card charge of $9.95. Veteran MMA voice Mauro Ranallo,
superstar “King Mo” Lawal and women’s sensation Julie
Kedzie will call the action cageside.
In other action on the eight-bout main card, bantamweight (135
pounds) superstar Sarah
Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, BC Canada will go to war with
Invicta FC 3 and Invicta FC 4 winner Leslie
Smith (5-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Flyweight superstar Zoila
Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio will also make her
Invicta FC debut in another featured bout against submission expert
Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
Undefeated KO artist Lauren
Taylor (5-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will battle hard-hitting
Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight.
“Rowdy” Bec Hyatt
(4-2) of Brisbane, Australia will look to return to the win column
against undefeated sensation and Invicta FC newcomer Jasminka
Cive (5-0) of Graz, Austria in a strawweight (115 pounds)
Hard-hitting kickboxing stylist Julia Budd
(4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada will square off with upstart
Estes (1-1) of Kansas City in a featherweight contest.
Doors at Star Pavilion at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City open
for Invicta FC 5 open at 5 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout
begins at 6 p.m.
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.
About Ameristar Kansas City Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City is
owned and operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar
Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: ASCA), and is a premier property
characterized by a state-of-the-art casino floor and outstanding
dining, lodging and entertainment options. The property features
the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as
well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. Ameristar
offers nine diverse dining venues -- The Horizon Buffet, The Falcon
Bakery, Pearl’s Oyster Bar, Great Plains Cattle Co., Amerisports
Brew Pub, Casino Deli, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, Burger King and
Sbarro The Italian Eatery, as well as the Star Club, a private
players’ lounge. Entertainment amenities include the Star Pavilion,
featuring national headliners; Depot #9, with popular regional and
local acts; the Regal Cinema’s Kansas City 18 Theater; Hi-Vi video
arcade; and Kids Quest, a supervised child-care facility. The
property also includes a 184-room hotel. The property was awarded
“Favorite Casino” for the Kansas City Convention & Visitors
Association’s 2012 Visitor Choice Awards. Best Casino in 2012
Ingram’s Magazine “Best of Business Awards;” in the 2003, 2005,
2007 – 2009, 2011 Kansas City Magazine’s “Best of Kansas City”
readers’ poll and 2011 Best Casino in Home in the Northland
Magazine’s readers’ poll. Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City also
was awarded Best Steakhouse, Best Buffet, Best Live Poker and Best
Tournaments in the 2012 Casino Player Magazine’s “Best of Gaming”