In a shocking announcement Sunday morning, former InvictaFC strawweight champ Katja Kankaanpää has announced her retirement.
“Now it’s time to take it a bit easier. I will write more specifically about this once I’ve returned to Finland. Thank you for all the support I’ve received from all of you,” Kankaanpää released in a statement.
Kankaanpää (10-3-1) lost a controversial decision to DeAnna Bennett Saturday night on the promotion’s 14th event. She went 9 straight bouts without a loss before losing to Joanne Calderwood in her second InvictaFC bout. She soon won the belt by defeating Stephanie Eggink for the vacant title.
Kankaanpää was the first Finnish female fighter to find global success in MMA, winning the country’s first world championship in the women’s divisions. She also has contributed outside the cage, having helped with all women’s MMA seminars a few times a year.
She leaves as one of the top prospects outside of the UFC in the strawweight division.
We wish her the best in the future.
The other big news came with InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp announced Cyborg Justino would be dropping to 140 for her next fight. The match will take place at the November event, with the exact date and location to be announced. No word on an opponent.
The main event will see strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza taking on Alexa Grasso for the belt.