InvictaFC 19 Primer

Invicta is back again in Kansas City, with this time two title matches on the docket.

Interim flyweight champion Jennifer Maia will face season vet and fan favorite Roxanne Modafferi to deteramin the undisputed InvictaFC title. News brple shortly after weigh-ins that champion Barb Honchak has been stripped of her belt due to inactivity.

In the co-main event and fresh off her title win, Ayaka Hamasaki will defend her title against Jihn Yu Frey.

All weight classes will be resented on the nine fight card, including the InvictaFC debut of Muay Thai star Tiffany Van Soest.

The only fight not to make weight was Faith Van Duin, who will forfeit 25% of her purse to Irene Aldana.

The card will air this Friday on UFC Fight Pass.

(All photos courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC.)

Main Event

Jennifer Maia (124.7) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (124.8) – Undisputed Flyweight Title

Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi

The Fighters:

Jennifer Maia (champion; 13-4-1): Coming off a title win, Maia looks to defend her interim belt

Roxanne Modafferi (19-12): Modafferi looks for her first ever world title

The Storyline:

With champion Barb Honchak still MIA, Jennifer Maia stands atop the flyweight division. Her upset win over Vanessa Porto proved to be her biggest win to date.

Modafferi’s comeback in MMA has gained her a possibility for her first world title. The fan favorite fighter could see her star shine that much brioght with some gold around her waste.

What to expect:

This is one of the most evenly matches InvictaFC title matches in some time. Maia’s last outing proves she can stand and bang for five rounds and has a solid ground game. Modafferi’s striking has been the most improved in all of Invicta, but may need to dip into her jiu-jitsu game. Maia’s strength gives her a very slight advantage.

Co-Main Event

Ayaka Hamasaki (104.5) vs Jinh Yu Frey (104.6) – Atomweight Title

Ayaka Hamasaki and Jinh Yu Frey

The Fighters:

Ayaka Hamasaki (13-1): The first athlete to hold a  Deep Jewels and Invicta title looks to continue her run.

Jinh Yu Frey (5-1): The talented striker looks to gain her first world title.

The Storyline:

The best fighter out of Japan, Hamasaki has continued when her good friend and coach Megumi Fujii left off. At atomweight she has become even stronger than she has been. Hamaski sparked interest in being signed to the UFC and with UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby in the crowd, she looks to state her case.

Frey looks to upset the apple cart. Having a win over the former champion Herica Tiburcio and her only loss a very close split decision to Jodie Esquibel.

What to expect:

Hamasaki had trouble being bullied by Amber Brown before securing a submission to retain her title. Expect Frey to use the same strategy.  If it goes to the ground, Hamasaki has a solid advantage.

Main Card

Irene Aldana (135.8) vs Faith Van Duin (138.5)

Irene Aldana and Faith Van Duin

The Fighters:

Irene Aldana (6-2): The Mexican striker looks t get back into the title hunt.

Faith Van Duin (5-2): The featherweight title contender looks to find a home at bantamweight.

The Storyline:

After losing her title match with champion Tonya Evinger, Irene Aldana came back with a vengeance in her last outing taking out Jessamyn Duke in her last outing. With the division still in flux, a win could get her back in the cage with the champ.

After her loss to the featherweight champ Cyborg Justino, Faith Van Duin decided to drp to bantamweight. She made her debut at 135 this past June in her native New Zealand, getting an unanimous decision win.

What to expect:

Aldana has had trouble with high quality strikers, but the drop could mean more power and size. Aldana has quality striking, but has to look out for Van Duin’s ground game.

Manjit Kolekar (115.5) vs. Kaline Medeiros (115.2)  

Manjit Kolekar and Kaline Medeiros

The Fighters:

Kaline Medeiros (7-4): The Brazilian looks to continue her run up the strawweight ladder.

Manjit Kolekar (9-0): The Indian fighter is looking to make history.

The Storyline:

Having been a last minute replacement in her InvictaFC debut, Kaline Medeiros got her fourth straight win in May. Her run at strawweight has been successful and looks to stake her claim at a title shot soon.

The first female MMA star from India, Manjit Kolekar won the initial Super Fight league title and has since sharpened her skills on the Asian circuit.

What to expect:

Medeiros won’t lack power coming in, and is a tough draw for the promotional debuter in Kolekar. The Indian fighter has been training at Jackson/Winkeljohn’s MMA in preparation for this fight so she may bring in new skills.

Tiffany Van Soest (114.7) vs Kalyn Holliday (115.9)

Tiffany Van Soest and Kal Holliday

The Fighters:

Tiffany Van Soest (0-1): The Muay Thai champion and superstar looks to dominate on another stage.

Kalyn Holliday (3-0 ammy): The Marine looks to make a name for herself

The Storyline:

Having won multiple world titles in Muay Thai, Tiffany Van Soest wants to stay active and decided to divid her time between kickboxing and MMA.

Kalyn Holliday has flown under the radar, but amassed a solid amateur career record and a few titles.

What to expect:

The transition from Muay Thai and kickboxing has been hit or miss for all fighters. Van Soest has hedged her bets training with some of the best strawweight on the west coast.

Holliday’s wrestling is a major factor in the match, but needs to be weary of the clinch game against the cage.

Stephanie Skinner (105.2) vs. Julia Jones (104.5)  

Stephanie Skinner and Julia Jones

The Fighters:

Julia Jones (4-0): The top atomweight prospect finally gets her chance in an Invicta cage.

Stephanie Skinner (4-5): The seven year vet looks to continue her winning ways.

The Storyline:

Julia Jones has been on the periphery in making the InvictaFC stage for the past year. Having been in the top 15, she has won all her pro matches after a tough amateur career.

Stephanie Skinner has been able to string together two wins and looks to continue her progress and climb into the rankings.

What to expect:

Both have grown in the past year. Skinner is a durable fighter and her experience could prove a challenge. Jones has recovered from losses in 2012 by refocusing and returning on her current run. Could be the hardest one to call on the card.

Amber Leibrock (145.1) vs Amy Coleman (144.7)

Amy Coleman and Amber Leibrock

The Fighters:

Amber Leibrock (1-1): Coming off her first pro loss, the featerweight looks to get back in the title hunt.

Amy Coleman (2-0): The Valor vet looks to be victorious in her Invicta debut.

The Storyline:

After winning the Tuff-n-uff tournament, Leibrock looked like she was the future of the 145 division. She lost in a hard fought war with Megan Anderson this past January and looks to recover from her first pro loss.

Coleman has found better success at 145 than cutting to bantamweight, if her two wins are any indication.  She looks to stake her claim as the next featherweight star.

What to expect:

Both heavy handed strikers, it will be interesting to see if this heads to the ground. Both are also durable so expect this to go past the first.

Ashley Greenway (115.3) vs Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (115.3)

Ashley Greenway and Sunna Davidsdottir

The Fighters:

Ashley Greenway (1-0): The Carolinian looks to make an impression at strawweight yet again.

Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (4-0): Iceland’s first female MMA star looks to continue her winning ways.

The Storyline:

The highly credentialed Ashley Greenway did not disappoint in her promotional debut in what was an exciting firefight Sarah Click at InvictaFC 16. A few more high profile wins could get her in title contention or the UFC, and with matchmaker Sean Shelby looking on, it will be an opportunity to impress the brass.

The IMMAF European champion Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir has faced the world of up and coming talent. Training out of Gunnar Nelson’s gym in Iceland, she looks to impress as well.

What to expect:

This could be a sleeper for “Fight of the Night” if this goes the way of the Greenway-Click fight. Davidsdottir’s ground name is not yet known so will be interesting if this goes to the ground.



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