Fighter Signings: Invicta Gains Five while UFC Snags Kowalkiewicz


Another InvictaFC vet moves to the UFC.

Undefeated Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz (7-0) announced her signing to the UFC Monday. Having recently defeated Kalindra Faria in a “Match of the Year” candidate, the KSW champ has been campaigning to be let go of her KSW contract which prevented her from signing to the bigger lights of the UFC. Kowalkiewicz has a notable win over Mizuki Inoue at Invicta.

No word on when Kowalkiewicz will make her debut.


Invicta itself gained some prime talent in five new fighters; with one a familiar face to the organization.

Lisa Ellis (15-10) is the first of the TUF 20 cast to re-sign to the organization (Ellis was cast on the show rather than being signed through Invicta). Ellis lost back to back in her official UFC fights at strawweight. Ellis will be dropping back down to atomweight on her return. She has faced the best of the best in her career including Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.

Joining Ellis at atomweight is top prospect Julia Jones (4-0). Jones came off back to back losses as an amateur to winning four straight in the pros. Her most recent win was over Paulina Granados a few weeks ago.

XFC vet Dora Perjes (7-1) will also be looking to climb the 105 ladder. The Hungarian is the first female fighter from her country to be signed to a major organization.  Having suffered her first loss this past March to undefeated Vuokko Katainen, Perjes has decided to drop from strawweight to atomweight to try her luck. All of her wins are by submission.

Two Brazilian strawweights round out the signings.

Undefeated Amanda Ribas (5-0) won the IMMAF flyweight tournament in 2014 and has since had first round finishes in all but one of her wins. She joins fellow IMMAF champ Daniela Kortmann on the roster.

Brazilian staple Aline Serio (9-5) is looking to make her US debut with the organization after back to back wins. Serio had four fights last year has won 5 of her last six. She has six finishes to her credit.

Announcements about their InvictaFC debuts will be announced in the coming months.


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