The strawweights will be featured prominently on the InvictaFC 22 card in Kansas City March 25, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Joining the main event of the second meeting between bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya will be four fights at 115 and an atomweight tilt. Continue reading InvictaFC 22 card Shapes Up with Hamasaki vs. Souza; Bennett vs. Esquibel
Photo Courtesy: Scott Hirano, Invicta FC
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp has always been an advocate for female athletes and she has two new missions in 2016. Continue reading Shannon Knapp Talks Boxing, Flyweights, Titles, & More
BJJ superstar Mackenzie Dern has her next challenge in MMA.
The black belt will face Katherine Roy at Legacy Fighting Alliance in San Antonio, Texas March 10th. It will air on AXS TV.
Dern is coming off a highlight reel submission over Montana Stewart in October and is currently 2-0 as a pro. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler: Dern Gets Next Opponent; RoadFC Announces All Female Promotion
The demand for female fights have grown.
More than 700 fights happened in the pro women’s divisions alone in 2016. Five Promotions were ahead of the curve and are nominated for this year’s award.
The WMMA Press committee is a set of journalists that have covered the female divisions of martial arts for years on may different levels.
Six journalists will vote on the award:
- Gina Begley – Pro WMMA Now / Bluegrass MMA
- Pedro Henrique – Da Made Ferro MMA (Brazil)
- Charlie Jewett – CJ’s Report (covering Asian MMA)
- Yael Grauer – Sherdog.com
- MarQ Piocos – WombatSports.com
- Elias Stefanescu – Ground and Pound (Germany)
- Kristin Ursy – Women’s MMA Round-up
This is the 7th year for the awards which sees the best in female fighting recognized.
Here at the nominees for the WMMA Press Award for Promotion of the Year.
- UFC (52 fights in 2016)
- Invicta (48 Fights in 2016)
- IMMAF (42 ammy fights in 2016)
- King of the Cage (38 fights in 2016 pro & ammy)
- DEEP JEWELS (24 Fights in 2016)
Invicta’s first event of 2017 kicks off with a new champion being crowned.
Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson will look for their first world title Saturday in Kasnas City which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also on the card Pannie Kianzad looks to get back into the bantamweight title hunt as she faces perennial contender Raquel Pa’aluhi in the co-main event.
Several changes to the card this past week saw Heather Hardy’s match get scrapped due to an injury to Brieta Carpenter; the addition of Elizabeth Phillips versus Leah Letson; and Kali Robbins and Jodie Esquibel taken off the card due to Robbins missing weight by 6.4 pounds. Robbins took the bout last minute.
The official weigh-ins happened Friday morning with no ceremonial weigh-ins due to in-climate weather.
Here is a breakdown of the now seven fight card with the weigh-in results.
(Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC) Continue reading InvictaFC 21 Primer
We are on the verge of crowning three featherweight champions this year, and a lot of people have seen this as a problem.
The UFC’s announcement in December started it all as they announced they will crown their first 145 champion with Holly Holm versus Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York. With Cyborg Justino possibly being under suspension by USADA and not having defended her title in the past year due to her UFC stint, Invicta will be crowning an interim champion this coming Saturday in Kansas City with Charmaine Tweet versus Megan Anderson. Continue reading Light as a Feather: The 145 Women’s Conundrum
When we posted the half years numbers in July, we had our doubts we would reach more than 700 pro female bouts in MMA. The last six months exceeded expectation.
The last half saw 385 bouts with three months out of the six topping the most fights per month list. On average there was 13.5 bouts per week this year.
Here is a look back at 2016 as a whole by the numbers. Continue reading 2016 in the Women’s MMA Division by the Numbers
Two fan favorite flyweights return plus two strawweight vets complete an exciting InvictaFC card January 14th in Kansas City.
Coming off suspension, Legacy champion Andrea Lee is ready to return to the cage taking on jiu-jitsu ace Jenny Liou Shriver. Continue reading Three Bouts Round Out InvictaFC 21
UFC President went through with his promise on creating a featherweight division, but the first champ won’t be Cyborg Justino.
Fox Sports reported Tuesday former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the initial UFC 145 title at UFC 208 February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.
Holm won the 135 title last year beating Ronda Rousey to become the second champion ever. Holm would lose the belt to Miesha Tate earlier this year, and is coming off a loss to Valentina Shevchenko.
Randamie (7-3) is coming off back to back finishes and has won four out of her past 5 fights.
The news comes as Cyborg Justino, the best fighter in the division, decided to take some time off to recover from a bad weight cut and sort out some personal issues. Justino says she will be able to come back in action in March.
With the new title and division, it is unlikely Justino will return to Invicta to defend her title. We expect an announcement in the coming weeks on the fate of that belt.
It was a surprising ending to what has been a long 20 card journey for InvictaFC as a new champion was crowned in the bantamweight division.
Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya submitted champion Tonya Evinger to end her 9 fight win streak and take the belt, much to the shock of the MMA world. Kunitskaya improves to 10-2 with the win. Continue reading InvictaFc 20 Aftermath – What is next for the Athletes
With over four years worth of fights, InvictaFC reaches its 20th offering Friday with two titles on the line.
44 athletes have passed through the promotion onto the UFC, making Invicta the place to develop and shine before getting the call to the big time. This card sees what could be the future of the sport.
Three fighters (Miranda Maverick, Pam Sorenson, & Ashley Yoder) missed weight and will forfeit 25% of their fight purse.
Here are the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card. Continue reading InvictaFC 20 Primer
World boxing champion Heather Hardy is heading to MMA.
Hardy decided to crossover and has inked a deal with InvictaFC. She announced the signing via Ring TV. Ironically it was the new insurance plan for fighters under MMA legalization in home state of New York that drove her to the decision. She is still expecting to box along with her MMA career. Continue reading Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator