InvictaFC delivered once again, even with a seven fight card. New stars were made and staples of the promotion solidified their spots as they climb the ladder.
Two titles were finally vacated, with the interim titleholder becoming the undisputed champion.
The promotion itself has several projects in different stages of implementation.
Here is a rundown of all that happened and what we could to expect going forward to going forward.
(All photo courtesy Esther Lin; InvictaFC unless otherwise noted)
InvictaFC Continues Busy Year
It won’t be a long wait as InvictaFC 23 will be May 20th in Kansas City. InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp told us that flyweight champion Jennifer Maia will be defending her title. A challenger is yet to be announced, but expect plenty of 125ers to be fighting on the card.
This weekend saw the launch of InvictaFC’s Patron site (Click here), which will serve as a monthly subscription service with exclusive content and giveaways. This includes breaking news before anyone gets it, and fan Q & A sessions with InvictaFC athletes. Subscriptions start at $3.
We are still awaiting the launch of InvictaFC Boxing, but with the current atmosphere in the women’s divisions heating up, we could see it effect the sport like it did with MMA.
Megan Anderson – Undisputed InvictaFC Featherweight Champion
Cris “Cyborg” Justino is full committed to the UFC, and decided that the InvictaFC 145 title would no longer be her focus. Relinquishing her title means the interim champion, Megan Anderson, gets promoted to undisputed champion.
Anderson, however, finds herself in a similar spot as her predecessor. In the March Unified Rankings top 15, there is one contender, Helena Kolesnyk ,who is yet to sign to the promotion. Let us explain.
- Bellator currently has most ranked fighters (five fighters in total)
- UFC has two (Cyborg and champion Germaine de Randamie)
- Three are coming off losses to Anderson (Charmaine Tweet, Amber Leibrock, & Amanda Bell)
- Daria Ibragimova lost to Cyborg her last time out, and had talked about dropping to 135.
- Jessy Miele has dropped to 135
Should be noted Martyna Czech is not ranked, but we can expect that to change soon. It’s quite a spot for Invicta, who needs a contender fight quickly. a fight between any available talent will have to be on the next card.
Tonya Evinger – No Doubt Left
The top 135er not signed to the UFC proved it once again Saturday.
On an 11 fight unbeaten streak, Tonya Evinger solidified her spot as InvictaFC bantamweight champion by submitting Yana Kunitskaya in a rematch of their December outing.
The UFC can’t deny her talents anymore, and many fans are still scratching their head wondering why UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have yet to give her a call.
In the mean time she does have a few possible challengers. In promotion, Raquel P’a’aluhi, Aspen Ladd, and Pam Sorenson all have proven worthy challengers. Two unsigned contenders include Sarah Kaufman, who is coming off a win over Jessy Rose Clark, and the undefeated Amanda Lemos.
Strawweight without its Queen
Angela Hill was relieved of her InvictaFC 115 title this past week, leaving a vacant spot.
The co-main event could have easily been for the belt, but former champion Livia Souza will have to wait for her shot at being the first ever InvictaFC two-time champ (that is if the UFC doesn’t grab her first).
The other slot is seemingly Jodie Esquibel’s, who is coming off a decision win over Deanna Bennett. This barring Mizuki being back to full health by then.
Hamazaki Back to 105 as 4 Vye for Gold
It seems more and more Brazilians are Ayaka Hamsaki’s kryptonite.
After her devastating loss to Souza at strawweight, it maybe a little bit before we see her got back down to defend her 105 title. Five have great arguments.
- Jinh Yu Frey, who didn’t get to fight this past weekend, has unfinished business with Hamasaki, having lost to her due to a doctor’s stoppage. Many fans are behind the rematch, as Frey was turning the tables when the match was stopped.
- The second is Ashley Cummins, who returned to Invicta in exciting fashion defeating former title challenger Amber Brown.
- Undefeated Julia Jones made her statement in her last match defeating Stephanie Skinner.
- Rising star Tessa Simpson got a win over veteran Simona Soukupova and is on a three fight win streak.
Brown and Bennett
Amber Brown went through a war with Cummins, but looked better at 105 than she did at 115. “The Bully” has something to look forward to as InvictaFC boxing is just around the corner.
Deanna Bennett has had back to back split decision losses, but we don’t expect she will quit anytime soon. She can easily play the gatekeeper role in Invicta for now, and maybe get a chance to grab the brass ring once again she gets a string of wins going.
Rising Stars, Next Steps
- Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir has proven to be the future of the 115 division and will need a few fights to get to a level for a title shot.
- Mallory Martin might have lost, but she won some fans. Her “Fight of the Night” bonus with Davidsdottir may take some sting out of the loss, and solidifies her place in the promotion.
- Miranda Maverick is just 19 and has missed weight twice at strawweight; this time by 4.5 pounds. She will hopefully take a clue from Aspen Ladd and move up a weight class as cutting down will just get more difficult as her body grows.
- Felicia Spencer has made her mark at featherweight and we won’t be surprised if she gets a mention in the April rankings. Still needs a few fights before considering a title shot with Anderson.
- Madison McElhaney still has a few opponents she can face, even in a loss. Spencer and her started the card great and set the pace for the rest of the card. In a division craving talent, she will be busy in the coming year.