With InvictaFC 9 on the road in Davenport, Iowa, little buzz has been going on on the major websites. When the card was released, we may have been more excited than most, and part of it deals with these up and coming stars no one is aware about besides the hardcore WMMA fans (and our very well educated readers). To give people on the fence some info on why they need to watch this card, here is out 10 reasons to click onto UFC Fight Pass November 1.
1) Invicta develops new stars, remember?
Names like Jessica Penne, Bec Rawlings, and Rose Namajunas started in Invicta and when they did, no one really knew who they were. Half of the TUF 20 cast were relative unknowns to the MMA world until they fought at Invicta. There are a lot of unknowns on this card, but it doesn’t mean the fights will be bad. On the contrary, it’s a more stacked card than you think.
Prime example is the Kelly McGill versus Maegan Goodwin. McGill is a KO artists and recorded a seven second one as an amateur. Goodwin is undefeated as an amateur with three submissions. In a bantamweight division needing to be rebuilt, these two could be the future.
2) The initial Tuff-n-uff/Invicta tournament Champ vs. TUF 20 Tryout Bad-ass
The strawweight division has bounced back strong after the TUF 20 exodus and these two are a big part of it.
Jamie Moyle won the first ever Tuff-n-uff/InvictaFC contract tournament in very dominate fashion. Training at Syndiacte with Roxanne Modafferi, Moyle is rounding out her ground game with some striking. She went 5-2 as an amateur.
She will have a step up in competition against Jenny Liou-Shriver. Already 2-0 as a pro, Liou made waves at the TUF 20 tryouts with a flying armbar that impress Dana White so much she got a few hundred dollars from the UFC president. She also has a TKO over Rachael Ostovich. so don’t expect her ground game as her only weapon.
3) If you don’t know who Andrea Lee is, prepare yourself to see the hardest working fighter in WMMA do work
If you think Ronda Rousey works hard, wait till you hear about Andrea Lee.
Lee holds belts in amateur MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai and fights in some sport every month or so. Did we also mention she does BJJ? Lee went 7-3 as an amateur and like the UFC bantamweight champ, seems to improve by leaps and bounds every fight. Oh and her first pro MMA fight ended with a kick that broke fingers off her opponent’s hand.
This is in no way a disrespect to her opponent Shannon Sinn, who went 5-1 as an amateur and is 1-1 as a pro. Sinn’s ground game is fierce and her striking is improving.
If Sinn gets a win here, she will make an immediate impact in the bantamweight division.
4) You know that fighter that took out Marina Shaifr? She is on the card.
Amanda Bell has elevated her game and is a different fight than she was two years ago. She went 5-1 as an amateur but found setbacks losing back to back as pro. After changing camps, she won back to back fights including that 37 second KO over Shafir, which made her the raising star in the rebuilding featherweight division.
Her opponent, Maria Hougaard, is a five year vet of the sport and one of Europe’s top 145 prospects. It will be a step up for Bell, but a win gets her in the title hunt.
5) Invicta’s marque division will feature three important bouts
The atomweight division is one of the fastest growing in Invicta and three bouts have possible contenders for Michelle Waterson’s title.
Ayaka Hamasaki (10-1) has dropped from 115 to 105 and will face Herica Tiburcio in what has to be considered a title eliminator. Hamasaki is the former DEEP-JEWELS and has only lost once in her career. In her debut at atomweight in August she easily defeated former title challenger Naho Sugiyama.
Tiburcio (8-2) is on a three fight win streak and has yet to be finished. Six of her wins are by submission. This will be her atomweight debut, but a win will put her next in line for title.
Amber Brown, who is ranked #3 in the atomweight division, is also on the path to a title shot, but Liz McCarthy is looking for the upset and get into the top 10.
Fan favorite Nicdali Rivera-Colonac returns to take on Jodie Esquibel. Colonac wants a shot at Waterson, with Esquibel playing gatekeep for her teammate in Waterson.
6) The very long awaited US debut of Cindy Dandois and the returning Kaitlin Young
It’s been over three years since we have seen Cindy Dandois fight. Currently 5-1, the European judoka was supposed to be Gina Carano’s opponent for Carano’s combeack fight several year ago, but Carano backed out for some unknown medical reason. Dandois has a notable win over Bellator’s Marloes Coenen. She has been training off and on with Miesha Tate and Dandois will be dropping to 135 for the fight.
Kaitlin Young has become a cult hero in the WMMA realm is if her fights with Leslie Smith and Julie Kedzie are any indication. The long time vet has become a star within the company and looks to be some waves again with a win over Dandois.
7) Two of the best strawweights not signed to the UFC will battle for an InvictaFC title shot
Mizuki Inoue is the current DEEP-JEWELS 115 champion and looks to make history by holding the InvictaFC title at the same time. Inoue defeated Bec Rawlings in Inoue’s InvictaFC debut and looked impressive in terms of her striking. She won the D-J belt this past August.
Before she can get her shot at champion Katja Kankaanpaa, she needs to win against the undefeated Polish sensation Karolina Kowalkiewicz (5-0), who has three finishes to her credit. Her last two wins were over InvictaFC vets.
8) Barb Honchak versus Takayo Hashi – records speak louder
The most dominate fighter at flyweight, Barb Honchak let’s her record speaks for her. She doesn’t talk much but you got to admire her sense of humor considering her awesome walkout shirt. At 9-2, she is on an 8 fight win streak and has been training with Cat Zingano to take her game to the next level. Honchak’s wins are a who’s who of wmma.
If you are a fan of old school Strikeforce, then you should know who Takayo Hashi is. Hashi (15-4-1) fought Sarah Kaufman for the first ever Strikeforce 135 title, which eventually became the UFC 135 title. Her drop to 125 has been fruitful, remaining unbeaten in three straight fights. A ten vet of the sport, she won 8 straight before the loss to Kaufman.
9) You need UFC Fight Pass for Invicta 10 – why not enjoy it a month early
The cool thing about UFC Fight Pass is you are able to watch this as a part of your subscription. Many of you did the free trial thing and dropped it, but remember that InvictaFC 10 is only a month after, so start a month early. It’s only $10 to have access to as much Invicta as you want.
10) Has Invicta given you a bad card?
The beauty of Invicta is their matchmaking. We feel that this card is better booked than the previous one, and this is coming from us who have known these fighters since a lot of them started their careers. Most of these fights should see some excitement and predicting who will win and by how will be hard to do.