UNDEFEATED KO ARTIST LAUREN TAYLOR REPLACES INJURED AMANDA NUNES
Mar 21, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 19, 2013) – Undefeated
KO artist Lauren
Taylor (5-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will replace an injured
Nunes in a bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup with ha!
Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. 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.
Nunes was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a sprained elbow
sustained in training camp.
To date, the 29-year-old Taylor has been unstoppable in the cage,
scoring TKOs on all five of her professional opponents, including a
first round (4:10) stoppage of Jennifer
Scott with an onslaught of elbow strikes in Taylor’s last start
on March 1. Taylor has yet to be pushed past the second round of
Young, a 27-year-old, three-time veteran of Invicta FC competition,
is a prolific striker who has earned six of her seven career
victories by (T)KO. She is looking to rebound from a second round
(2:19) TKO (punc! hes) defeat at the hands of Leslie Smith
at Invicta FC 3 on Oct. 6, 2012.
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In the main event of the stacked 14-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.
In a featured, main card bout pound-for-pound great and devastating
featherweight (145 pounds) KO artist Cristiane Cyborg (10-1, 1 NC)
of Curitiba, Brazil will make her Invicta FC debut against
streaking submission ace and Unified Women! ’s Professional MMA
Rankings world No. 2 featherweight Ediane Gomes
(10-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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 superstar
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.
In a featherweight contest, hard-punching Julia Budd
(4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada will meet rising star Fiona Muxlow
(6-2) of Townsv! ille, Queensland Australia
Crowd-pleasing “Rowdy” Bec 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.
The Invicta FC six-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.
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.
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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