InvictaFC 17 Primer

Starting its 5th year in operation, InvictaFC has a stacked eight fight card which sees two title fights with dominat champions.

Bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger looks to defend her title for the second time as she takes on the scrappy Colleen Schneider. The co-main event sees the strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza facing a resurging Angela Hill.

Here is a breakdown of the entire card plus weigh-in results.

Photos courtesy of Esther Lin/InvictaFC 

Tonya Evinger (134.7 ;champion) vs. Colleen Schneider (134.4) – bantamweight title

Tonya Evinger and Colleen Schneider
The Fighters:

Tonya Evinger (16-6): The champion looks to continue eight fight win streak.

Colleen Schneider (10-6): Schneider looks for the biggest upset in InvictaFc history.

The Storyline:

Evinger has proven time and time again to be the best bantamweight not signed to the UFC. Having finished in her past four fights, her new philosophy has been to finish the fight and not go to the decision. Evinger didn’t seem too impressed with Schneider’s performance over Raquel Pa’aluhi in January.

Schneider has been slowly but surely improving since her InvictaFC debut, with four straight wins. Training out of CSA with Josh Barnett, she has shown massive improvement in her overall MMA game.

What to expect:

Schenider’s past two wins were razor thin split decisions, and hasn’t finished a fight by her own hands since 2013. That being said, her striking has seemed to catch up with her catch wrestling game as seen in her last fight with Pa’aluhi.

Evinger is durable but tends to expend energy to get the finish early. No one has been able to solve Evinger’s much improved MMA game, but will be interesting of Schneider takes it to the later rounds.

Livia Renata Souza (114.1;champion) vs Angela Hill (114.1) – Strawweight title

Livia Renata Souza and Angela Hill

The Fighters:

Livia Renata Souza (9-0): The champ looks to make her second title defense.

Angela Hill (4-2): The TUF 20 vet looks to gain her first world title.

The Storyline:

Souza has been begging to get the call to the UFC. Who can blame her? Undefeated with all but one win by finish, she is the best strawweight not signed by the company. Defeating a former UFC fighter in Hill could make a statement.

Hill has found a new team and has saw massive improvements in a short time. Has she improved enough to grab the brass ring?

What to expect:

Souza has been a destroyer and even being undersized for the division has yet to faze her. She also has more experience, which will be an up hill battle (no pun intended). If Hill can use her distance and kickboxing skills, she has a chance of taking the title.

Kaline Medeiros (115.3) vs Aline Serio (114.4)

Kaline Medeiros and Aline Serio

The Fighters:

Kaline Medeiros (6-4): Last minute replacement looks to continue her win streak.

Aline Serio (9-5): The Brazilian looks to make her US debut a successful one.

The Storyline:

Medeiros has been knocking on Invicta’s door the past six months and finally got the call in this last minute fight. Serio has been a star in Brazil since 2010 but looks to expand globally and ink her spot as a possible title contender.

What to expect:

Serio is coming in with more experience and has shown to be hard to finish. Medeiros is coming in power and a more improved ground game.

Latoya Walker (144.4) vs Charmaine Tweet (145.2)

Latoya Walker and Charmaine Tweet

The Fighters:

Latoya Walker (5-0): Rising star in the featherweight division looks to make her case for a title shot.

Charmaine Tweet (8-5): Since her title loss, she has won back to back fights.

The Storyline:

We haven’t seen Walker in a year, but is the only undefeated featherweight in the top 10. Many are seeing her to be the only real threat to Cyborg’s title, a win here should give her that chance.

Tweet looks to upset the momentum and continue her run back to contention.

What to expect:

Walker is coming in with a strong striking background, but we have yet to see her if her ground game has improved. Tweet’s wrestling could prove a factor.

Amanda Bell (145.7) vs Megan Anderson (145.5)

Amanda Bell and Megan Anderson

The Fighters:

Amanda Bell (3-3): Bell looks to get back on the winning track.

Megan Anderson (5-2): Anderson looks to put her name up for title contention.

The Storyline:

Bell was one win away for a title shot until she lost to Faith Van Duin. She could look to be back in the title hunt with a win.

We saw a much improved Anderson in her win over Amber Leibrock and will make a great statement with a win over Bell.

What to expect:

Both has seen massive improvements in their game, but Bell’s amateur experience could come into play. We are thinking this will be the closest match on the card.

Christine Stanley (125.8) vs Shannon Sinn (124.3)

Christine Stanley and Shannon Sinn

The Fighters:

Christine Stanley (4-1): One of the most exciting strikers in Invicta looks for her fourth straight win.

Shannon Sinn (2-2): Sinn looks for her second win in the promotion.

The Storyline:

Stanley has had some highlight reel knockouts and has since her last Invicta outing has changed gyms. She tells us we will see different aspects of her game come Saturday night.

Known for her ground work, Sinn used her stand up to beat Maureen Riordon last year.

What to expect:

On paper this is a classic striker versus grappler match, but both has seen improvements in their overall MMA training. Could we see another highlight reel KO from Stanley, or will Sinn grind out a win?

Rachael Ostovich (125.4) vs Ariel Beck (125.2)

Rachael Ostovich and Ariel Beck

The Fighters

Rachael Ostovich (2-2): The fan favorite looks to get back in the win column.

Ariel Beck (4-2): The newcomer looks to impress.

The Storyline:

Beck is taking a big step up in competition, but has proven to be durable. She looks to make her mark on the big stage.

Ostovich looks to get her record over .500 an get her name into title contention by stringing a few wins.

What to expect:

Both have lost to Andrea Lee by third round submissions, both are also durable and show a different set of skills. Beck’s boxing is her go to, while Ostovich brings in a wrestling pedigree. Can Beck stay off a takedown and leave it on the feet or will Ostovich ground and pound her way to victory?

Laura Howarth (134.4) vs Alexa Conners (135.5)

Laura Howarth and Alexa Conners

The Fighters:

Laura Howarth (2-1): The British fighter gets her shot in the Invicta cage.

Alexa Conners (7-1 ammy): The amateur prospect makes her pro debut.

The Storyline:

Having fought for Cage Warriors, Howarth has been campaigning for her spot in Invicta for over a year. Needing to develop more bantamweight talent, her signing is a great addition.

As is Connors, who saw finishes in all but one of her wins.

What to expect:

Howarth has proven to be tough to finish and Connors always looks for it. It will be a great fight to open the card between two hungry and emerging talents and could be a sleeper for “Fight of the Night”.

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