JULIA BUDD TO FACE MOLLIE ESTES AT INVICTA FC 5 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar 26, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 25, 2013) –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 (145 pounds)
contest at the highly-anticipated Invicta Fighting Championships
women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader
event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5.
Estes’ original opponent, Veronica
Rothenhausler of Sacramento, Calif., has withdrawn from the
event due to injury.
The 29-year-old Budd, a protégé of former MMA star Lance Gibson
known for her phenomenal conditioning, is looking for her third
straight victory in the cage after reeling off back-to-back,
first-round TKO wins – both by way of punches and elbow strikes -in
Invicta FC competition. On July 28, 2012, she stopped Elina
Nilsson at Invicta FC 2 and, on Oct. 6, 2012, she finished
West at Invicta FC 3.
Budd’s only two career losses to date came at the hands of champion
Rousey and top-ranked Amanda
Nunes. In March 2005, Budd became the first fighter to defeat
superstar Gina Carano
by way of unanimous decision after they faced off in a Muay Thai
The 37-year-old Estes will make her second start in the Invicta FC
cage after taking on 2008 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist
Miller at the promotion’s inaugural event on April 28, 2011.
Expected to be disposed of in the early going of the matchup
against the world-class wrestler, Estes held her own and pushed
Miller into the third and final scheduled round of the contest
before being stopped with a barrage of punches from Miller.
Before turning pro with a three-round unanimous decision victory
Jackson on Oct. 1, 2011, Estes enjoyed a splendid, two-year
stint as an amateur, compiling an overall record of 7-1, with all 7
of her wins coming by way of (T)KO or submission.
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In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card, reigning Invicta FC
Atomweight (105 pounds) Champion Jessica
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.
Pound for pound great and devastating KO artist Cristiane Cyborg
(10-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will make her highly-anticipated
Invicta FC debut against rising star Fiona
Muxlow (6-2) of Townsville, Queensland Australia in a
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.
In other action on the eight-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.
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.
Crowd-pleasing “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)
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.
Kankaanpaa (7-0-1) of Seinajoki, Finland will square off with
fellow undefeated rising star Juliana Carnerio Lima (5-0) of Belo
Horizonte, Brazil at strawweight in what will mark both fighters’
Invicta FC debuts.
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.
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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