Shannon Knapp on InvictaFC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II Had to Be Booked

Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Invicta was ahead of the game as they announced their 33rd card for December 15th in Kansas City. We talked to InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp about the lead up to the event.

Being towards the end of the year, Invicta wanted to get ahead in terms of planning, and wanted its fans to have some leeway before the holiday travel rush. This also gave them an opportunity to start planning InvictaFC 34, which is slated for January in Kansas City.  Knapp told us to expect the vacant flyweight title to be filled on the card.

Knapp told us she has a hired a new person to her team, who be introduced to eh fans at a later date. She did state this was the first male ever to be working with the matchmaking team.

This will be the first time Invicta will be on the same night at an UFC and Bellator event. Knapp confirmed to us the event will be after the UFC event on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event of the card will feature a rematch between atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander.

“I have been getting e-mails and responses about the outcome of the fight,” Knapp explained. “Many saw Grusander taking the decision. There was a lot of demand for the rematch.”

The match also spark some heat between the two camps. Frey’s husband Douglas Frey stated in a tweet “was the most disgusting smelling person I’ve ever been around”. Frey would follow up with an Instagram post.

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Well after an eventful week, it feels great to be home (even if it’s 109 degrees outside) 😳. It was a tough and gritty fight. Not my best performance and it took me awhile to start listening to my corner and get going. As always, there were things done well and things that will need more work, but that is the nature of this sport. And I doubt I will ever be fully satisfied with any performance I have without some critiquing of myself, that’s just who I am. Regardless of the opinions of those in disagreement of the decision and even the Invicta commentary team, I felt I made the appropriate adjustments and inflicted the most damage. It took a while to figure out how to work through the “wall and stall” tactics that the Invicta commentary team valued so highly. I also had never had an opponent who did the whole “I’m not showering for a week so that my body odor makes my opponent gag” tactic. So that was new. Anyway, each fight is a test for not only my skill, but resolve, tenacity, and perseverance. Ultimately it’s my journey to make sense of, not anyone else’s. I do want to thank my team at @genesisjiujitsu @genesis.mma and my coaches @douglas.frey and Tony Cabello from Reyes Boxing. I may get in there alone, but it is a team effort to get me to the cage. I’d like to thank @invictafc @shanknapp @kaitlinyoungify for the opportunity and platform to express myself. Also big thanks to @Onnit @victorybeefllc @cruzcombat for always being in my corner. Also thanks to the new kids on the block @hillcountrycbd @clubcryo for the help in recovery this camp. And last but definitely not least, the fans who care enough to watch, follow, comment, and write to me. Even the haters and trolls who give me a good laugh. #thechampishere #teamg #teamgenesis

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Grusander would talk to Laura Sanko about the situation:

“After all this that’s happened here, I really feel like there’s just no respect left towards them and they won the fight, and I feel like they are lucky winners in the fight and they are still bringing stuff up and whining and making up all this bulls**t,” she continued. “So I’m pretty anxiously waiting what will they come up with when I’m working her ass next time.”

To say there is no loved loss between the two is an understatement.


Going into the rest of the card, the co-main sees UFC vet Danielle Taylor and the undefeated Mexican Montserrat Ruiz. The former KOTC champ won her first two fights in the UFC against Seo Hee Ham and Jessica Penne respectively before dropping back to back decisions.

Ruiz is a perfect 9-0 and is making her US debut. With 5 of her wins by finish, she has upped her game by going to King’s MMA.

The featured bout could steal Fight of the Night, as the two best wrestlers in the promotion will duke it out at strawweight. Former US World Team member Sharon Jacobson will be taking on former Japan Junior World Team member and Rizin star Kanako Murata.

Jamie Moyle will return to Invicta after her stint in the UFC to take on Brianna Van Buren, who just returned after a four year absence this past August with a win.

Two important atomweoght bouts will also be a part of the card. Fan favorite and former title challenger Amber Brown will take on the undefeated Alesha Zappitella, and Canada’s Anastasia Nikolakakos will battle Ashley Medina.

In the only bantamweight bout on the card, Sarah Kleczka will face Brittney Victoria Grizzelle.

The night will kick off on Facebook as Invicta will have a free fight between flyweight pro debutaunts Chantel Coates and Ashlynn Kleinbeck.

Complete card:

Main Event

Jinh Yu (7-3; Champion) vs.  Minna Grusander (6-2; Challenger) – atomweight title

Co-main Event

Danielle Taylor (9-4) vs.  Montserrat Ruiz (9-0) – Strawweight

Main Card

Sharon Jacobson (5-3) vs.  Kanako Murata (8-1) – Strawweight
Amber Brown (7-4) vs.  Alesha Zappitella (4-0) – Atomweight
Jamie Moyle (4-3) vs.  Brianna Van Buren (4-2) – Strawweight
Sarah Kleczka (2-1) vs. Brittney Victoria Grizzelle (2-0) – Bantamweight
Ashley Medina (0-1) vs. Anastasia Nikolakakos (2-0) – Atomweight

Facebook Prelim (also on UFC Fight Pass)

Chantel Coates  (pro debut) vs.  Ashlynn Kleinbeck (pro debut) – Flyweight

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