New stars were born Saturday night as InvictaFc 24 in Kansas City.
The promotion added to its flyweight and featherweight rosters and solidified itself with the most international roster of female athletes.
So what is next in the wake of the event?
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In a co-main event that didn’t disappoint, Jinh Yu Frey solidified her spot as the number 1 contender for the atomweight title. Champion Ayaka Hamasaki released a statement Saturday she will be moving up to 115 pounds permanently, and will be vacating the 105 belt.
Frey will most likely face former champion Herica Tibercio for the belt, in what we are predicting could be the main event of InvictaFC 26.
Ashley Cummins gain a bunch of new fans in the decision loss. Matchmaker Kaitlin Young will have her work cut out for her as three atomweights could make cases to face Cummins for a possible title eliminator fight – undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0); undefeated Julia Jones (5-0); and rising star Tessa Simpson (5-2).
With Roxanne Modafferi gone for the time being, Jennifer Maia needs a challenger, if she doesn’t get signed to the UFC first (or is “gone” like Roxy is). Undefeated Agnieszka Niedźwiedź (10-0) makes the most sense.
Mara Romero Borella has made her case for a title match as well, but could see a solid match in former title challenger Vanessa Porto, undefeated Claudia Rey or the unsigned Ariane Lipski. Milana Dudieva could find an interesting fight in Mariana Morais. Sarah D’Alelio or Andrea Lee.
Miranda Maverick and Karina Rodríguez would be a great match of up, but with a lot if flyweight still on the roster including Cheri Muraski or Christine Stanley, there are some options.
Bárbara Acioly and Gabby Romero will have solid picks of the rest of the division, which is still quite deep.
There was only one lone 115 fight, and Sunna Davíðsdóttir continues to prove to be the new force in the division. Sharon Jacobson us ready to return to the fold, and the match would be an interesting wrestler versus striker battle.
Kelly D’Angelo looked great in her “Fight of the Night” loss, but a fight will Mallory Martin (if she is well enough to comeback) or Tiffany Masters.
Out of the two 145 winners Saturday, only one made weight. Felicia Spenser needs a fight or two before considering a title fight (which looks like Ediane Gomes versus Charmaine Tweet, Daria Ibragimova or Leah Letson for the vacant belt). Amber Leibrock would make sense for a title eliminator.
Pam Sorenson versus Latoya Walker could prove fruitful for the winner.
Any combination of Helena Kolesnyk, Amy Coleman or the unsigned Maryna Czech or Mabelly Lima makes sense.