InvictaFC 30 Primer

Very few promotions make it to their 30th event.

Saturday InvictaFC will reach the milestone as it looks to crown a new atomweight champion. Jinh Yu Frey will get her second chance to hold the gold when she takes on Finland’s Minna Grusander.

The co-main event will see a possible contender for the vacant featherweight title as Russia’s Helena Kolesnyk faces Felicia Spencer.

This will also be the promotional debut of former UFC athlete Heather Jo Clark as she faces Brazil’s Kinberly Novaes.

For the first time in over two years, all fighters came in on weight.

The card will begin at 5 p.m. pst/8 p.m. est on UFC Fight Pass Saturday.

Here is a breakdown of the fights.

Photos courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC


Main Event

Jinh Yu Frey (104.8 lb) vs. Minna Grusander (104.7 lb) – vacant Atomweight title 

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The Fighters:

Jinh Yu Frey (6-3): The former title challenger looks for her first world title

Minna Grusander (6-1): The Finn looks to bring the first world title to her home country

The Storyline:

With Ayaka Hamasaki moving up to strawweight permanently, she vacated the title to not hold up the division. Frey was the last person to face the former champ, losing via doctor’s stoppage. She has since defeated Ashley Cummins and lost to Seo Hee Ham.

Grusander won the 2015 IMMAF World Srawweight Tournament and soon went pro. Her only loss was to current UFC athlete Syuri Kondo at strawweight. She is coming off a win over Fernanda Priscila by TKO at InvictaFC 28 earlier this year.

What to expect:

The question has been has Frey fully recovered from the devastation knockout she took at the hands of Seo Hee Ham in her last fight. Grusander was undefeated as an amateur and the move down to atomweight has seen her stronger than ever. Frey’s striking versus Grusander’s wrestling will prove to be a solid main event.

Co-Main Event

Felicia Spencer (145.8 lb) vs. Helena Kolesnyk (144.2 lb)

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The Fighters:

Felicia Spencer (4-0): The undefeated featherweight looks to gain a spot as a title challenger

Helena Kolesnyk (5-1): The Russian looks to recover from his first loss

The Storyline:

Invicta has been without a featherweight champion for some time now, and the dust has somewhat cleared with several featherweights who weren’t picked up by The Ultimate Fighter still clinging to hope to be directly signed to the UFC.

Felicia Spenser decided not to try out, and get more experience and possibly a title belt. This will be her toughest test to date in Kolesnyk, who has had similar experience. Kolesnyk is coming off a loss to Pam Sorenson.

What to expect:

A classic striker versus grappler match-up, it will be interesting to see if Kolesnyk’s training with American Top Team will help stop Spencer’s BJJ.

Feature Bout

Kinberly Novaes (116 lb) vs. Heather Jo Clark (116 lb)

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The Fighters:

Kinberly Novaes (9-4): The Brazilian looks to get back in the win column.

Heather Jo Clark (7-6): The UFC vet looks to start her promotional debut with a win

The Storyline:

After back to back losses to a UFC athlete and an upcoming title challenger, Novaes needs a win to get back in the title hunt. It won’t be easy with Clark. The UFC vet has back to back losses to Alexa Grasso and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and is looking for a comeback.

What to expect:

There is no denying Clark’s toughness and striking. Her new team in Colorado, which includes Tecia Torres and Raquel Pennington, may help in terms of endurance. With Novaes’s striking, we could expect an action packed battle on the feet.

Main Card

Miranda Maverick (125.1 lb) vs. Brogan Walker-Sanchez (125.8 lb)

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The Fighters:

Miranda Maverick (3-0): The young gun looks to climb to contention

Brogan Walker-Sanchez (5-0): The undefeated athlete looks to continue her run

The Storyline:

The InvictaFC flyweight division is still alive and well with two undefeated fighters looking to lead the way. Maverick finally found her home at 125 after some failed tries to make it to 115. After three straight wins at Invicta, she could be the future of the division.

Walker made her promotional debut this past January after s stint in the PXC promotion in the Pacific Islands. After an upset win over Kate Da Silva, she handed Cheri Muraski her first loss. She looks to take out her second undefeated fighter.

What to expect:

Walker has proved durable, having went the distance in all of her wins. Maverick will be facing her toughest opponent to date, and will look to be the first to finish with her wrestling and aggression.

Kerri Kenneson (135.2 lb) vs. Stephanie Geltmacher (135.5 lb)

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The Fighters:

Kerri Kenneson (3-0): The undefeated fight looks to climb to title status

Stephanie Geltmacher (2-0): The promotional debutante looks to get her third win

The Storyline:

With a lot of bantamweights moving down to flyweight, there is a race to fill the division. Kenneson is looking to make her impact and gain enough experience to possibly get a title match. In her way is a last minute replacement in Geltmacher. who is a Bellator vet, trains out of Oklahoma.

What to expect:

With both solid ground games, it will be interesting if it goes on the feet.

Jillian DeCoursey (105.9 lb) vs. Alesha Zappitella (105.5 lb)

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The Fighters:

Jillian DeCoursey (2-0): The amateur champion looks for her third win.

Alesha Zappitella (3-0; 1NC): The Michigan native looks to stay perfect.

The Storyline:

DeCoursey is coming in as a last minute replacement for Shino VanHoose. The New Yorker is coming off back to back decision wins in the promotion. Zappitella has worked for several promotions across the US and the world, and will have to step up her game in Invicta, against her toughest opponent yet.

What to expect:

Expect a fast paced fight between the two, with Zappitella’s ground game against DeCoursey’s striking.

Alyse Anderson (105.4 lb) vs. Stephanie Alba (105.9 lb)

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The Fighters:

Alyse Anderson (3-1): The young talent looks to recover from her first loss

Stephanie Alba (3-2; 1NC): The vet looks to snap a losing streak

The Storyline:

The atomweights are the only women’s weight class  not in the UFC, and is Invicta’s signature division. With three matches on the card at atomweight, an impressive win is important.

Anderson suffered her first ever loss via a close split decision to Shino VanHoose a year ago, and is just getting back into the game. Alba looked great in her first three wins, but started to lose decisions. She looks to keep it out of the hands of the judges

What to expect:

Anderson will have a sizable reach advantage in the bout, so look for Alba to take it to the ground.

Erin Blanchfield (124.1 lb) vs. Brittney Cloudy (125.9 lb)

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The Fighters

Erin Blanchfield (1-0): The BJJ ace looks for her second win

Brittney Cloudy (7-2 amateur): The amateur looks to make her pro debut a win

The Storyline

A part of the new generation of Mixed Martial Artists, Blanchfield has been training all aspects of the game since she was a kid to be on the big stage of Invicta. The current Eddie Bravo Invitational champ won her pro MMA debut this last spring.

Cloudy has been a staple of the midwest scene, amassing an impressive 7-2 record. She has won titles in MMA and amateur boxing.

What to Expect

A classic striker versus grappler match, it will be interesting to see if Blanchfield handles the hands of Cloudy. If it goes to the ground, the BJJ ace Blanchfield may end the night early for the Quiet Storm.

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