INVICTA FC BRINGS WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER TO AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL KANSAS CITY FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Feb 13, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 11, 2013) – Women’s
world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta
Fighting Championships has partnered with Ameristar Casino Hotel
Kansas City to deliver the promotion’s first world championship
doubleheader event in history on Friday, April 5.
In the main event, reigning Invicta FC Atomweight (105 pounds)
Penne (10-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will defend her crown
against superstar Michelle
Waterson (10-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. and, in the co-main event
and first-ever Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) title fight,
submission ace Vanessa
Porto (15-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will square off with red-hot
Honchak (7-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa.
Additionally, flyweight superstar Zoila
Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio will make her Invicta
FC debut against submission expert Jennifer
Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Par! ana Brazil.
Tickets for Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson go on sale soon.
“We are excited about entering a new chapter in Invicta FC history
that consists of a partnership with one of the finest and most
impressive entertainment venues in the country as well as our first
world championship doubleheader card that is loaded with
world-class women’s fight talent,” said Invicta FC President
The 30-year-old Penne made history on Oct. 6 when she became the
first Invicta FC atomweight champion in history after dominating
and submitted previously unbeaten superstar Naho
Sugiyama with a triangle choke in the second round (2:20) of
their main event showdown. The victory was Penne’s third
Waterson, a 27-year-old protégé of famed trainer Greg Jackson, will
put a four-fight win streak on the line in the matchup with Penne.
A black belt! in American Freestyle Karate, Waterson also boasts
extensive training in Muay Thai and made a name for herself as a
contestant on the Muay Thai-themed reality show Fight Girls on the
Oxygen television network.
In her last start, Porto, a 28-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black
belt, earned a unanimous decision victory over women’s MMA pioneer
LaRosa at Invicta FC 3 on Oct. 6. Porto, who has blazed a trail
to stardom in her native Brazil, is one of only two fighters to go
the distance with former Strikeforce champion and executioner Cris
Cyborg, and holds notable wins over decorated, former JEWELS
champion Hitomi Akano
The 33-year-old Honchak, a protégé of former UFC competitor
Berger, is in the midst of a six-fight win streak that began on
Jan. 14, 201! 1 when she earned a unanimous decision over Felice
Herrig. Honchak’s last two victories – a second round TKO
(punches) of Bethany
Marshall on July 28, 2012 and a unanimous decision over
Daly on Oct. 6, 2012 – both came inside the Invicta FC
In other action on the nine-bout main card, bantamweight (135
pounds) superstar Sarah
Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, BC Canada will make her
long-awaited Invicta FC debut against dangerous striker and Invicta
FC 3 and Invicta FC 4 winner Leslie Smith
(5-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Hard-hitting KO artist Amanda Nunes
(7-3) of Miami, Fla. via Salvador, Bahia Brazil will look to
rebound from her Invicta FC 4 unanimous decision defeat at the
hands of Sarah D’Alelio when she squares off with fellow power
Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight.
In a featherweight (145 pounds) contest, streaking submission
wizard and Invicta FC 3 and Invicta FC 4 victor Ediane Gomes
(10-2) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. will battle hard-punching Julia Budd
(4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada.
The exciting, prolific Nicdali
Rivera-Calanoc (8-6) of Tulsa, Okla. will return to the Invicta
FC cage for the third time in an atomweight matchup with Cassie
Rodish (4-3) of Des Moines, Iowa.
After accepting an opponent change and promotion to championship
main event status just a week and a half before Invicta FC 4,
Hyatt (4-2) of Brisbane, Australia will drop from flyweight to
strawweight (115 pounds) and look to return to the win column
against undefeated sensation and Invicta FC newcomer Jasminka
Cive (5-0) of Graz, Austria.
Kankaanpaa (7-0-1) of Seinajoki, Finland will square off with
fellow undefeated rising star Juliana
Carneiro Lima (5-0) of Belo Horizonte, Brazil at strawweight in
what will mark both fighters’ Invicta FC debuts.
The Invicta FC five-fight preliminary card will be highlighted by a
bantamweight tilt between two undefeated prospects in powerhouse
Duke (2-0) of Richmond, Ky. and Muay Thai stylist Miriam
Nakamoto (1-0) of Dublin, Calif.
Fresh off of her professional debut victory in the Invicta FC cage,
top-flight prospect Rose
Namajunas (1-0) of St. Paul, Minn. will face off with fellow
undefeated upstart Kathina
Catron (2-0) of Tehlequa, Okla. at strawweight.
Following her explosive first round KO and professional debut
victory over Katalina
Malungahu at Invicta FC 4, recent Team Alpha Male enlistee
Rothenhausler (1-0) of Sacramento, Calif. will return to the
cage against Mollie Estes
(1-1) of Kansas City.
Making her professional debut, River Jones
(0-0) of Nelson, BC Canada will meet Lauren
Barefoot (1-0) of Omaha, Neb. at bantamweight in the event’s
first preliminary card bout.
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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