Two bantamweight fights will happen Thursday, with one determining who will be the top of Invicta’s 135 division. One onlooker at weigh-ins Thursday was Invicta star Raquel Pa’aluhi, who was in the wings and ready if the scales were unfavorable to any of the bantamweights. All of the fighters, however, made weight.
Besides the title match between Tonya Evinger and Irene Aldana, Cage Warriors champion Pannie Kianzad will make her InvictaFC debut against Australia Jessy Rose Clark. In what has been a rebuilding year for the 135 division in Invicta, Pa’aluhi sees the new additions as a positive.
“Pannie (Kianzad) and Jessy Jess (Rose) will bring a lot of depth to the division. Of cource I have my eye on them. I wish I was fighting tonight. I will take on anybody.”
Pa’aluhi is coming off an unanimous decision win over Ediane Gomes in April and has won three straight. She as moved her camp permanently to Las Vegas and it has shown growth in her game.
“The biggest difference from training in Hawaii is on any given day you can have world champions train in the gym.” Pa’aluhi observed. “Learning from them every day. I can ask them ‘what’s you best move’, I can gaining a huge arsenal.”
Pa’alhui will be there cage side Thursday to observe the aftermath and will look to fight either winner on an upcoming card. Pa;aluhi prefers that be the champion.
“I think am in the hunt,” Pa’aluhi told us. “I should be the next one to fight for the belt.”