WOMEN’S MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER TO STREAM LIVE ON INVICTAFC.COM
Apr 3, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 1, 2013) –The
highly-anticipated, 13-bout Invicta Fighting Championships women’s
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader event will
stream live in its entirety on InvictaFC.com from Ameristar Casino
Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5.
The live stream, provided by Ustream, will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4
p.m. PST with the five-bout preliminary card and can be purchased
on InvictaFC.com for $9.95 with all major credit cards.
Returning to the Invicta FC booth to call the action cageside will
be the trio of vet! eran MMA voice Mauro Ranallo, light heavyweight
superstar “King Mo” Muhammed
Lawal and women’s sensation Julie
“This is, without a doubt, the most stacked Invicta Fighting
Championships card yet, so we are excited to be able to once again
deliver all of the world-class action to a global audience, live
online,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
In the main event, reigning Invicta FC World 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 world flyweight (125 pounds) championship
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 featherweight (145
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 go to war with
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.
Hyatt (4-2) of Brisbane, Australia will look to return to the
win column against undefeated sensation and Invicta FC newcomer
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.
The Invicta FC 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.
Tickets for Invicta FC 5, priced from $25, are on sale online at
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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