InvictaFc 29 Primer

A new bantamweight champion will be crowned this Friday in Kansas City.

The first ever Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman looks for her second world title as she takes on the undefeated Katharina Lehner. The match is the main event of an eight fight card, with three bouts in the 135 division.

Two missed weight Thursday as Bianca Daimoni (139.6 lb) and Bárbara Acioly (126.3 lb) will forfeit 25% of their purse to their respective opponents.

The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card.

(Photos courtesy: Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)


Main Event

Sarah Kaufman (133.7)  vs.  Katharina Lehner (135) – Vacant 135 title

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The Fighters:

Sarah Kaufman (19-4): The former world champion looks to get back on top

Katharina Lehner (7-0): The undefeated athlete looks for her first world title

The Storyline:

The bantamweight title seems to be the gateway to the UFC as the title holder has been the number 1 contender to the featherweight title. Sarah Kaufman is looking to buck that trend.

Over 8 years after winning the initial Strikeforce title, Kaufman is looking for her second world title reign. After back to back losses in the UFC, she is on a two fight run, with her last win coming over former title challenger Pannie Kianzad. As of late, Kaufman has been training at Rufus Sport to sharpen up her grappling.

Katharina Lehner looks to be the first ever German women’s world champion, having yet to be defeated. Her latest win in Invicta was over top prospect Alexa Connors in her only finish in her pro career.

What to expect:

In what will be a striking battle, Kaufman’s experience and technical striking could serve as an advantage. She has stated that she is looking to gain more finishes, which could see an opportunity for Lehner to get the KO. If this goes to the latter rounds, Kaufman’s title experience could be a factor.

Co-main Event

Pannie Kianzad  (134.8) vs.  Bianca Daimoni (139.6)*

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The Fighters:

Pannie Kianzad (8-3): The former title challenger wants to gain another shot at the belt.

Bianca Daimoni (7-2): The Brazilian looks to make her case for a title shot

The Storyline:

It has been a tough go for Pannie Kianzad, who has lost her past three fights. The former Cage Warriors champ needs a win to get her title hopes back on track.

The Brazilian Bianca Daimoni will be making her InvictaFC debut and it will be her first fight in America. The striker has won four of her last five, with her last loss by split decision.

What to expect:

Daimoni’s only loss  by armbar, so we could expect Kianzad to have an advantage on the ground. Daimoni does have power in her hands, as she trains the famed Chute Box team in Brazil.

Featured Bout

Pearl Gonzalez  (123.8) vs.  Bárbara Acioly (126.3)*

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The Fighters:

Pearl Gonzalez (7-3):  The UFC vet looks to be a threat in two weight classes

Bárbara Acioly (4-2): The Brazilian looks to snap a two fight skid

The Storyline:

This is a quick turnaround for Pearl Gonzalez, who found a win at strawweight only five weeks ago. Becoming a fan favorite quickly, we expect a huge crowd traveling for the Chicago raised and San Diego trained fighter.

Bárbara Acioly has had two tough losses against vet Takayo Hashi and  current Invicta star Karina Rodriguez.

Things got a bit heated between the two at weigh-ins after Acioly missed weight.

What to expect:

The heat at weigh-ins could carry over as Gonzalez is looking for a finish and has another reason to be motivated. Acioly maybe a bit more cautious after suffering two losses.

Main Card

Julia Avila (135.8) vs.  Marciea Allen (135.8)

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The Fighters:

Julia Avila (4-0): The undefeated bantamweight looks to continue her run

Marciea Allen (6-2): The InvictaFC vet looks to open a new chapter in her story

The Storyline:

With wins over a UFC champion (Nicco Montano) and a UFC title contender (Marion Reneau), expectations are high for Julia Avila. She currently trains with Bellator flyweight Kristina Williams out in Oklahoma and has been working on her wrestling at Matrix Grappling.

Since her last loss at Invicta, Marciea Allen has went 5-1 winning her last three. She currently trains out of Valley Flow Striking in Illinois.

This will be an important match in what could see a new bantamweight contender emerge.

What to expect:

It will be a classic striker versus grappler affair as Allen has good boxing under her and the grappling of Avila. Both have competed with UFC caliber athletes, and both have momentum on their side.

Liz Tracy (125.1) vs.  Cheri Muraski (125.6)

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The Fighters:

Liz Tracy (4-2): The Titan looks for her first InvictaFC win.

Cheri Muraski (4-1): Looks to recover after her first loss

The Storyline:

Liz Tracy returns to Invicta after getting a win over at King of the Cage. Her Invicta debut saw her lose an exciting split decision to Andrea Lee. She trains at 10th Planet Portland and with MMA standout Glena Avila.

Having wins over two InvictaFc vets before she debuted with the promotion, Cheri Muraski is currently 1-1 in Invicta, with a heart breaking split decision in her last fight this past January. A win against Tracy could get her back in the title hunt.

What to expect:

Neither want this to head to the judges, as both only had losses by split decision. With both adept in the ground game, it maybe the striking which is key in this match up.

Sarah Kleczka (133.8) vs.  Lisa Spangler (134.5)

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The Fighters:

Sarah Kleczka  (2-0): The last minute replacement looks to shine again in Invicta

Lisa Spangler (pro debut): One of the most touted amateur bantamweight makes her pro debut

The Storyline:

It was only this past Saturday Sarah Kleczka got her second MMA win and quickly got the call to replace the injured Shaianna Rincón.  Kleczka pro and promotional debut saw her get a split decision over Amber Lynn Orr this past fall. The American Top Team prospect looks to get her third win.

Going 9-1 as an amateur, Lisa Spangler is looking to take her amateur success to the professional ranks. Training out of Portland at Gracie Barra with the likes of former InvictaFC star Paige Van Zant and Bellator star Chael Sonnen, she looks to gain her first pro win.

What to expect:

Although out of a BJJ heavy gym, its Spangler’s control and ground striking that has seen success. It will be an interesting chess match if it does go to the ground with Kleczka submission game.

Allison Schmidt  vs.  Macy Chiasson (145)

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The Fighters:

Allison Schmidt (1-0): The debuter looks to impress

Macy Chiasson (1-0): The amateur standout looks for her second win

The Storyline:

The featherweight division in Invicta maybe on hiatus this summer as The Ultimate Fighter is looking to fill the featherweight ranks. This match could be an important stepping stone for one of these two to enter the tournament.

Out of AKA, home of world champions Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Allison Schmidt made her pro debut in 2016 with a win at Dragonhouse MMA.

Macy Chiasson fought most of her amateur fights at lightweight, having a 6-2 record before turning pro. She got an armbar win in her pro debut this past November. She is a BJJ black belt.

What to expect:

We can expect a lot of power with both of these athletes, but the questions will be can Schmidt shake off the cage rust or will Chiasson’s drop in weight overcome the California fighter?

Helen Peralta (115.6) vs.  Cheyanne Vlismas (115.7)

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The Fighters:

Helen Peralta (1-0): The amateur champion looks for her second InvictaFC win

Cheyanne Vlismas (1-0): The former Tuff-n-uff champion looks to impress in promotional debut

The Storyline:

Helen Peralta looked solid in her pro debut, getting the first round win at InvictaFC 27 in January. She trains in Florida at Orlando BJJ under striking coach Sergio Cunha and BJJ world champion Bruno Malfacine.

It was a tough amateur career for Cheyanne Vlismas, but she persevered after early losses, moving to Xtreme Couture to train with former world champion Miesha Tate. Her pro debut saw her get the TKO at LFA.

What to expect:

Vlismas seemed to get the pro debut nerves shaken off and seems confident going in with heavy-handed striker like Peralta. Will be an interesting match if it does hit the later rounds.

You can watch a face to face segment with Peralta and Vlismas here.


(*- Daimoni weighed in above the bantamweight limit of 136 pounds and was fined 25 percent of her purse.)
(**- Acioly weighed in above the flyweight limit of 126 pounds and was fined 25 percent of her purse.)


You can watch the staredowns and weigh-in results below.

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