Very few promotions can say they have lasted as long as InvictaFC.
A loyal fan base and an eye for talent, Shannon Knapp has kept the promotion going through stream crashes, back office drama, losing a lot of talent to the UFC, and putting out fires at events. Many would falter at these hurdles, but InvictaFC continues to shine after four years of operation.
Let’s breakdown four years of events that helped break the glass ceiling of female athletes in the MMA world.
16: Total events. All but two where headlined by title fights.
161: Number of fights held under the InvictaFC banner, which is an average of 10 per show. The most fights are at strawweight (39), followed by bantamweight (33), flyweight (26), atomweight (25), featherweight (21) and lightweight (3). This doesn’t include the 14 catchweight bouts.
87: Total number of finishes. Half of them (44) happened in the first round.
43: Submissions in the company’s history. The most popular way to win is by rear naked choke (19). Only 13 ended by armbar, with Rose Namajunas still holding the fastest submission in the company’s history with a 12 second flying armbar.
35: Number of InvictaFC fighters that have signed to the UFC after debuting from the organization. This includes three that made it into The Ultimate Fighter 23 (Amanda Bobby Cooper, Jamie Moyle, and JJ Aldrich.) Twenty one strawweights and thirteen bantamweights made it to the octagon, with Cyborg Justino making her official debut at 140 in a few weeks.
22: Title fights in the company’s history. There have been 12 champions in the company’s history with Cyborg Justino having help her belt for nearly 3 years. The atomweight title has seen the most title changes with three.
6: Pure Knockouts. This is compared to 38 TKOs. The fastest one in company’s history was by Amber Leibrock, who only took 37 second to KO Marina Shafir.
1: Shannon Knapp. The president of InvictaFC who has kept her athletes busy as possible in 16 events. She also gave them a platform to be watched worldwide to millions of fans.
We kick off year 5 with InvictaFC 17 May 7th. What will this next year hold?