Invicta Fighting Championships’ vacant strawweight title will be on the line tomorrow night for both women at Invicta FC 28, as main eventers Mizuki Inoue and Virna Jandiroba both made the 115-pound limit, green lighting their championship headliner. The card emanates from the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Japan’s Inoue tipped the beam at 113.9 pounds, while the undefeated, 12-0 Brazilian Jandiroba checked in exactly on the button at 115 pounds even. It will be the first fight for the 23-year-old Inoue since her July 2016 win over Lynn Alvarez at Invicta FC 18, which marked her third straight armbar victory in the Invicta cage. Jandiroba, 29, is coming off an armbar win of her own in her Invicta debut, tapping Amy Montenegro in less than three minutes at Invicta FC 26 last December.
The only woman to miss weight on the main card was former Invicta title challenger and UFC veteran DeAnna Bennett (127.9), who moved up to flyweight after missing the strawweight limit on several occasions. Christina Marks, her opponent in the evening’s co-feature, weighed in at 125.2.
Invicta FC 28 will also feature an unaired amateur bout between Chrisoula Koukouvetakis (105.7) and Tracie Morris (106.6). Morris missed the atomweight limit, but as she is an unpaid amateur, is exempt from the 25 percent purse penalty.
Invicta FC 28 Card:
Mizuki Inoue (113.9) vs. Virna Jandiroba (115.0)
DeAnna Bennett (127.9)* vs. Karina Rodriguez (125.2)
Milana Dudieva (125.9) vs. Christina Marks (124.8)
Pearl Gonzalez (115.9) vs. Kali Robbins (115.4)
Minna Grusander (105.8) vs. Fernanda Priscila Barros Pinheiro (105.9)
Kay Hansen (115.3) vs. Kalyn Schwartz (115.6)
Chelsea Chandler (135.7) vs. Kerri Kenneson (135.7)
Jillian DeCoursey (106.0) vs. Rebekah Levine (104.9)
Tracy Cortez (124.7) vs. Kaytlin Neal (125.5)
Chrisoula Koukouvetakis (105.7) vs. Tracie Morris (106.6)**
*Bennett was overweight and forfeits 25 percent of her purse to Rodriguez
**Morris was overweight, but as an amateur, is exempt from the purse penalty