INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS DECEMBER 7!
Oct 12, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2013) – Women’s world championship Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships will
return to Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with a stacked,
nine-bout event featuring three world title fights, including a
main event showdown between reigning flyweight champion Barb Honchak
(8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time “Fight of the Night”
winner Leslie Smith
(6-3-1) of Pleasanton, Calif.
Tickets priced from $35, for the highly-anticipated return of
Invicta FC women’s MMA action go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on Friday,
Oct. 18, at TicketFly.com.
“We are excited about returning to the big stage in full force with
another loaded card featuring a fantastic mix of world championship
bouts and other world-class MMA action that will see a collection
of the best women fighters on the planet face off against each
other,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
In the co-main event, Carla
Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. will put her strawweight
(115 pounds) championship on the line against surging, undefeated
Gadelha (11-0) of Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte Brazil.
In the first-ever Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world
championship bout, hard-hitting KO artist Lauren
Murphy (7-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will battle fellow unbeaten
Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC) of Dublin, Calif.
The 34-year-old Honchak, a protégé of former world champion
Miletich, dominated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa
Porto to become the first Invicta FC 125 pound champion in
history on July 13. The victory was Honchak’s seventh straight.
Smith, a 31-year-old striking aficionado, has become a memorable
face by engaging in all-out slugfests with her opponents on the
five Invicta FC cards that she has appeared on. On July 13, Smith,
in her firsts start at flyweight after a healthy run at
bantamweight, outgunned Jennifer
Maia to earn a unanimous decision after three rounds of
The 26-year-old Esparza, a student of famed trainer Colin Oyama,
will step in the cage for the first time since sustaining a knee
injury in training earlier this year. In her last effort at Invicta
FC 4 on January 5, she notched her fourth consecutive win, a
unanimous decision over “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt.
Gadelha has been unstoppable with her submission game and, lately,
her striking, since turning pro in 2008. The 24-year-old will make
her second start under the Invicta FC banner after scoring a third
round (3:58) TKO on JEWELS champion Ayaka
Hamasaki with a barrage of punches on July 13.
Murphy has been perfect, thus far, in the Invicta FC cage, earning
back-to-back unanimous decision victories over Kaitlin
Young and Sarah D’Alelio on April 5 and July 13, respectively.
Prior to her Invicta FC debut, the 30-year-old had scored TKO
finishes on all five her career opponents.
The 37-year-old Nakamoto, a seasoned Muay Thai champion extended
her unblemished record at Invicta FC 6, scoring a thunderous first
round (2:08) TKO on Duda
Yankovich with a knee strike and series of punches. The finish
earned Nakamoto “KO of the Night” honors.
In other main card action, Felice
Herrig (9-4) of Buffalo Grove, Illin. will make her
highly-anticipated Invicta FC debut and put a four-fight win streak
on the line in a strawweight matchup opposite unbeaten, fast-rising
star Tecia Torres
(3-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Another matchup of unbeaten rising stars will pit Joanne
Calderwood (7-0) of Glasgow, Scotland against Katja
Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) of Seinajoki, Southern Ostrobothnia Finland
Heavy-handed powerhouse Julia Budd
(5-2) of Port Moody, British Columbia Canada will put a three-fight
win streak on the line against submission ace Charmaine
Tweet (4-3) Regina, Saskatchewan Canada in a featherweight (145
Porto (15-6) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will look to rebound from a
defeat the hands of Honchak at the last Invicta FC event in July
when she collides with fellow superstar Zoila
Frausto Gurgel (12-3) of Cincinnati, Ohio at flyweight. Porto
has claimed 10 of her 15 professional career victories by way of
submission while Gurgel has defeated a host of top rivals,
Aguilar and Megumi Fujii
during her outstanding four plus year professional career.
Kobold (18-3) of Minneapolis, Minn. will make her long-awaited
Invicta FC debut in a bantamweight tilt with fellow ferocious
Evinger (11-6) of Odessa, Mo.
In another meeting between two Invicta FC newcomers, hard-punching
Holland (5-2) of Elmwood Park, N.J. will face streaking
Ansaroff (5-4) of Fort Lauderdale at flyweight.
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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