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Coming off a successful event a few weeks back, InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp is already prepping for her next InvictaFC event in March, with the already announced strawweight title fight between Virna Jandiroba and Janaisa Morandin. A press release is expected later this week to announce the rest of the card.
A fighter that could be on the card is DeAnna Bennett, who Knapp confirmed to us Monday is back in the promotion. Bennett took part in The Ultimate Fighter 26, and after a draw on the finale card, the UFC decided to release her. No word on if Bennett will stay at 125 or drop back to 115.
The flyweight picture is still a bit cloudy right now, as Jennifer Maia has been offered to sign with the UFC. Knapp tells us she is still champion under Invicta and her status is unknown as of this time.
Skipping up to bantamweight, it is expected the main event of their May card will be for the vacant 135 title as Sarah Kaufman will take on Katharina Lehner. Knapp also says not to be surprised if we get a second title fight on the card.
Another familiar face, Mizuki, states she is getting ready for a return as well.
This past week, Invicta got two new signings.
BJJ world champion Luanna Alzuguir just made her MMA debut in the amateur ranks this past October, with rear naked choke win over Brittany Cloudy. She is trianing out of American Top Team with UFC champion Amanda Nunes.
20 year old Croatian Adriana Vukovich had her first amateur MMA fight at 14 and is currently training out of Tri-Star gym under renowned coach Firas Zahabi. We covered Vukovich in our “Future Stars” column which you can read here.
No word on when either will make their promotional debut.
Invicta events aren’t Knapp’s only projects right now. Her team will be producing their first event outside the Invicta banner in the Roy Jones Jr. Farewell Fight February 8th in Pensacola, Florida, which will air on UFC Fight Pass. The event could prove to be a dry run on the long awaited launch of Invicta Boxing.
We expect more news to drop later this week including some new promotional debuts and more matches added to InvictaFC 28. We may also get a location.
Speaking of locations, Knapp tells us the promotion will be traveling move this year, and is looking to take Invicta east of the Mississippi.