The InvictaFC 24 gets a new main event as Megan Anderson has signed with the UFC to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California July 29th. The match will be for the vacant UFC featherweight title, as the UFC stripped Germaine de Randamie of the belt for refusing to defend it against Justino.
The deal has been rumored for weeks since no contenders could be found inside the UFC for the belt. InvictaFC champ Anderson stepped up wanting the fight and with no other options, the UFC signed her. The fight will serve as the co-main event on pay-per-view and will be the third time in the modern UFC era a debuting fighter(s) will get vie for title. (Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche and Carla Espaeza vs. Rose Namajunas are the others.)
With Anderson out, bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger has stepped up to take her place against Helena Kolesnyk at featherweight in a three round non-title affair in the main event of InvictaFC 24 in Kansas City July 15th, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Evinger (19-6; 1NC) is on an eight fight unbeaten streak and this will be the first time she has went to featherweight since 2011 (she fought Sara McMann at a 140 catchweight). She defeated Yana Kunitskaya in March to settle a controversial first fight.
Undefeated Kolesnyk (5-0; 1 NC) has finished in all of her wins with only one coming outside the first round.
The co-main event UFC vet Milana Dudieva will make her InvictaFC debut and drop to flyweight as she takes on fellow newcomer and Invicta’s first Italian athlete Mara Romero Borella.
Russia’s Dudieva (11-5) has been a vet of fighting since 2009, and went on an eight fight run. She got a win over Elizabeth Phillips in her UFC debut by dropped back to back fights. She hopes a drop to flyweight will rejuvenate her career.
Borella (10-4; 1NC) is one of the pioneers in the Italian women’s divisions. Having 14 fights in three years, she is on a five fight unbeaten streak.
The featured bout will be a bantamweight title eliminator as former title challenger Yana Kunitskaya takes on Raquel Pa’aluhi.
Kunitskaya tapped bantamweight champ Evinger in their december bout, but the decision was turned into a no-contest. She would lose a rematch to Evinger in March.
Pa’aluhi (6-5) has been ready for a title shot for a while. She went 4-1 in her last 5 fights including a win over former title challenger Pannie Kianzad. She trains out of Drysdale’s MMA in Vegas.
With champion Ayaka Hamasaki still out due to injury, Jinh Yu Frey will face Ashley Cummins in an atomweight title eliminator.
The fans were hoping Frey (5-2) would be getting her rematch with the champion after their first fight ended on a cut. She is training in Iceland with UFC fighter Joanne Calderwood and fellow Invicta athlete Sunna Davíðsdóttir to prepare for the fight.
Cummins (5-3) has look impressive since dropping to atomweight with two straight wins.
Speaking of Davíðsdóttir, she will be facing debuter Kelly D’Angelo on the card.
The IMMAF tournament champ, Davíðsdóttir (2-0) looked impressive in her first two InvictaFC bouts. Her match with Mallory Martin at InvictaFC gained them Fight of the Night honors.
RFA vet D’Angelo (2-0) has had back to back finishes as a pro and went undefeated as amateur. Out of St. Charles MMA in Missouri, this will be her promotional debut.
Martin will also return to the Invicta cage as she faces newcomer Tiffany Masters .
Denver’s Martin (1-1) continues to fight out of Thailand having a steallar amateur career in the states.
King of the Cage vet Masters (2-0) has back to back finishes in her pro career. She is teammates with Legacy vet Heather Bassett.
Flyweight debutantes will battle as Mexico’s Karina Rodríguez faces Brazil’s Bárbara Acioly.
Invicta is looking towards Rodríguez (4-2) as their next big Mexican star. She is coming off a win over Jaclyn Sanchez.
Undefeated Acioly (4-0) has translated herself from Brazil to northern California and has found success in the US.
Opening the card, an important featherweight match will take place between Felicia Spencer and Amy Coleman.
Spencer (2-0) made a successful move down to featherweight, getting an unanimous decision over Madison McElhaney in March.
Coleman (2-1) is coming off a loss to Amber Leibrock last year and looks to get back in title hunt.