InvictaFC 24 Primer

Never say that Invicta doesn’t have back-up plans.

After several lineup changes, InvictaFC’s 24th edition will have a solid set of eight fights, with an international main event and a co-main which will serve as the people’s main event.

UFC vet Milana Dudieva will make her flyweight debut against Italy’s Mara Romero Borella in the main event, while fan favorite Jinh Yu Frey battle decorated police officer Ashley Cummins.

The anticipated bout between Mallory Martin and Tiffany Masters has been scrapped as Martin was taken to the hospital with an undisclosed illness.

Two of the 4 featherweight fighters missed weight as Pam Sorenson (149.6) and Amy Coleman (149.5) will be fined 25% of their purse fr missing the mark.

The complete card will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday.

Here is a breakdown plus  the weigh-in results.

(Photos Courtesy Scott Hirano/InvictaFC)

Main Event

Milana Dudieva (125.8) vs Mara Romero Borella (125.9)

Mara Romero Borella vs Milana Dudieva

The Fighters:

Milana Dudieva (11-5): The UFC vet drops to flyweight and make her case for a world title shot.

Mara Romero Borella (10-4): The Italian looks make her name on the global map.

The Storyline:

Not since the first InvictaFC that two fighters will be making their promotional debut in the main event. An international affair, the Russian Dudieva will seek success at flyweight. She has wins over InvictaFC vets Danielle West and Elizabeth Phillips. She is coming back to fighting after having a child last year.

Borella is one of the pioneers in MMA in Italy. She went on a 5-1 run early in her career, and is currently on a four fight win streak. She trained this camp at American Top Team in Florida.

With half the division gone for TUF, the winner will most likely face Jennifer Maia for the title next.

What to Expect:

Both well rounded, the momentum is in Borella’s favor for this fight. The experience edge goes to Dudieva, having fought more top tier competition.

Jinh Yu Frey (105.9) vs Ashley Cummins (105.9)

Jinh Yu Frey vs Ashley Cummins

The Fighters:

Jinh Yu Frey (5-2): The former title challenger looks to solidify her spot as number 1 contender for the atomweight title.

Ashley Cummins (5-3): The police detective looks for first world title match.

The Storyline:

“The People’s Main Event” will see two of the fan favorites in the atomweight division. The fans have been pressing for Frey to get her rematch with champion Ayaka Hamasaki, who has yet to decide if she will move up to 115 permanently or defend her title.

Frey’s camp this time was in Iceland with fellow InvictaFC fighter Sunna Rannveig Davíðsdóttir and UFC fighter Joanne Calderwood.

The new camp and new weight has been great for Cummins, who has won back to back fights, including a decision win over former title challenger Amber Brown.

What to Expect:

A classic striker versus submission specialist battle, the big question will be if Cummins can take it to the ground. Calwerwood has a win over Cummins, so will be interesting if Frey picked up any info.

Helena Kolesnyk (145.9) vs. Pam Sorenson (149.6)

Helena Kolesnyk vs Pam Sorenson

The Fighters:

Helena Kolesnyk (5-0): The Russian is the top prospect at 145 and will look to make her mark.

Pam Sorenson (5-2): The Invicta vet looks to get back in the title hunt.

The Storyline:

Kolesnyk has lost two opponents to the UFC since she was announced for the card, which can’t be easy. The state of the 145 title is questionable as of now so contenders need to be fetched out.

Kolesnyk us undefeated and has finished in all of her wins. The Russian will be making her US debut.

Sorenson is coming off a close loss to Ediane Gomes and a win could get her a rematch if the 145 title is vacant.

What to Expect:

Kolesnyk has been a quick finisher in her fights, but Sorenson will be a step up in competition. Can Sorenson weather the storm and drag it to the later rounds?

Karina Rodríguez (124.1) vs Bárbara Acioly (125.9)

Karina Rodriguez vs Barbara Acioly

The Fighters:

Karina Rodríguez (4-2): The Mexican prospect looks to follow in her countrywomen’s footsteps.

Bárbara Acioly (4-0): The Brazilian looks to impress and keep her undefeated record intact.

The Storyline:

InvictaFC is already getting their flyweight division replenished as two more debutantes hit the scene.

Rodríguez came back last year after a two year absence with a submission win. She has only been finished once. She is training out of Lobo gym with former Invicta Fighters Alexa Grasso and Irene Aldana.

Acioly has had her past few fights in the US training at Team Alpha Male.

What to Expect:

Rodríguez  seems to gets better as the fight continues, while Acioly comes out fast. Will be interesting if Acioly picked up some wrestling while at Alpha Male.

Miranda Maverick (125) vs Gabby Romero (125.4)

Miranda Maverick vs Gabby Romero

The Fighters:

Miranda Maverick (2-0): The young star tried her hand at flyweight.

Gabby Romero (2-1): The BJJ ace looks to make her way into the 125 ranks.

The Storyline:

Maverick has been quickly becoming a star, but the weight cut to 115 had become problematic. Still growing physically and as a fighter, a move up a weight could be good for the 20 year old.

Romero is taking this fight just a few weeks before the EBI Submission tournament. She currently trains out of  Legends MMA.

What to Expect:

Maverick showed her submission game in her last outing with Kal Holliday, but she will face a more seasoned grappler in Romero. Expect Maverick to try to heep this one standing.

Sunna Rannveig Davíðsdóttir (115) vs Kelly D’Angelo (115.2)

Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir vs Kelly DAngelo

The Fighters:

Sunna Rannveig Davíðsdóttir (2-0): The IMMAF champ looks to stay undefeated

Kelly D’Angelo (2-0): The local fighter looks to make big waves in her promotional debut.

The Storyline:

Iceland’s Davíðsdóttir has made a quick impression with two wars with Ashley Greenway and Mallory Martin, the latter gaining her “Fight of the Night” honors. She trained with the aforementioned Frey and Calderwood for the fight.

Avid boxer D’Angelo has helped Barb Honchak early in her career, which has gained her comparisons to the former champ. She didn’t make the TUF 26 cast, but was a huge gain to Invicta, training with fellow star Ashley Cummins.

What to Expect:

This could be a candidate for “Fight of the Night”, as both are accomplished strikers. What will be interesting is if it does go to the ground.

Felicia Spencer (146) vs Amy Coleman (149.5)

Felicia Spencer vs Amy Coleman

The Fighters:

Felicia Spencer (2-0): The future of the featherweight division looks to keep her 0.

Amy Coleman (2-1): After her first loss, she looks to get back in the hunt

The Storyline:

The featherweight division is always in need of stars and contenders, and Invicta keeps providing opportunities.

Winner of the Tuff-n-uff tournament to get into Invicta, her drop to 145 was successful with a win over Madison McElhaney.

Coleman stumbled in her Invicta debut losing to Amber Leibrock.

What to Expect:

Both pretty good on the feet, watch Spenser have an edge on the ground. This one will more than likely go the distance.


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