InvictaFC’s 7th card is well worth the wait.
Friday the promotion announced the line-up for the December event including two title defenses and crowning of its first ever bantamweight champion.
In the main event, flyweight champion Barb Honchak will defend her title for the first time as she will face #1 contender Leslie Smith.
Honchak (8-2) defeated Vanessa Porto for the inaugural title in April. She is currently on a seven fight win streak. Smith (6-3-1) defeated Jennifer Maia for the shot at the title in Smith’s 125 debut. The fan favorite fighter also won the “Fight of the Night” award on two different occasions.
The co-main event will feature Carla Esparza taking on Claudia Gadelha for the strawweight title. Esparza (9-2) won the first ever title in January and is on a four fight win streak. The undefeated Gadelha (11-0) earned the title shot defeating Ayaka Hamasaki to give her her first loss.
Invicta will crown it’s first bantamweight champion as Muay Thai champion Miriam Nakamoto takes on the undefeated Lauren Murphy. Nakamoto (2-0; 1NC) is coming off a brutal win over Duda Yankovich via TKO. Nakamoto is considered the best pound-for-pound female Muay Thai fighter on the planet. Murphy (7-0) is a grappling specialist, but won her first 5 pro bouts by TKO. Murphy defeated Invicta staple Sarah D’Aleilo by unanimous decision this past July.
Also on the card, we will see debuts of several new fighters to the Invicta roster.
MMA superstar Felice Herrig (9-4) will look for her first Invicta win by taking on the ever exciting Tecia Torres (3-0). The former Bellator and XFC fighter Herrig is looking to make an impression and solidify her spot in the rankings. Torres will have her toughest test to date and with a win, could make her way up the 115 rankings.
Former Bellator fighter Munah Holland also looks to make an impressive debut as she takes on fellow debuter Nina Ansaroff. Holland (5-2) was on a roll winning four straight fights with three finishes before losing a decision Michelle Ould. Holland will be fighting Muay Thai later this month. Ansaroff (5-3) has won four straight including a flying knee to the body in her last fight in June, which is in contention for KO of the year.
Two long time MMA standouts will make their InvictaFC debuts as Kelly Kobold will take on Tonya Evinger. Kobold (18-3-1) was expecting to debut with Invicta last year, but had to withdraw due to an injury. She last saw action in 2011 getting an armbar win over Pipi Taylor. She went on a 18 fight undefeated streak before losing three straight to veteran fighters Julie Kedzie, Tara LaRosa, and Gina Carano.
Evinger (11-6) has found success at flyweight, winning three straight. A pro since 2006, Evinger has a win over UFC fighter Julie Kedzie, and current Invicta signee Sarah Schneider. She recently has a win over Carina Damm.
Charmaine Tweet hopes to defeat fellow Canadian Julia Budd in the lone featherweight contest on the card. InvictaFC debuter Tweet (4-3) was hoping to debut this July, but due to a visa issue, wasn’t able to compete. Tweet started off to a rocky start in her career, but has gained momentum winning three straight fights by submission. Budd (5-2) is looking to chalk up another win, having also won three straight and looking for a possible title showdown with Cyborg Justino.
Also on the card, two undefeated strawweights look to be the next in line for the strawweight title, as Joanne Calderwood takes on Katja Kankaanpaa. Calderwood (7-0) has used her striking to win fights and win over fans. The Scottish fighter has racked up four victories at Invicta, getting a decsion win over Norma Center in July.
Rounding out the card, Zoila Gurgel is looking to get her career back on track as she takes on former title challenger Vanessa Porto. Gurgel (12-3) had went on a seven fight win streak before losing back to back against UFC signee Jessica Eye and InvictaFC’s Jennifer Maia. Gurgel won the inaugural Bellator 115 tournament, gaining decision wins over Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii.
Porto (15-6) lost to current flyweight champion Barb Honchak by decision in her last outing. She has wins over Tara LaRosa, Jennifer Maia, and current UFC signee Germaine de Randamie.
The event will once again take place at the AmeriStar Casino in Kansas City, MO and tickets go on sale October 18th. The event is expected to be be streamed for $12 on InvictaFC’s UStream channel and on PPV for $25 for the HD broadcast.